The weather today is 81º and sunny. It is pretty much as perfect an August day as you can wish for and yet, forces are battling against summer.
Pumpkin beers have already hit the shelves. Even as one of the most wonderful summers in recent memory rolls on, friends are already bragging about finishing their first bomber of Southern Tier Pumking. But it’s August, why are we rushing towards fall? A trip to the beer store this weekend featured such a display of orange and black, I thought it was opening night for the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. I was looking to stock up for a sunny rooftop party, not a hayride. The summer’s hot selling Hell or High Watermelon was banished to a back corner, forgotten like so much Bud Light Straw-ber-rita. Only a single sixtel of Boulder’s Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat kept our party in keeping with the calendar.
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While some of us might be out of our gourd tonight at Whiskey Fest. There is also the opportunity to drink out of a gourd at the Standard Tap. The Tap is offering some of the area’s best pumpkin beers, drunk out of a gourd. The pumpkin costs $10 and includes the first beer. Refills are just $2. The gourd supply is limited, so getting there early is advised.
Standard Tap [Foobooz]
Adam Ritter’s Kraftwork and Sidecar are both offering jack o’lantern carving contests from Sunday, October 28th through Wednesday, October 31st. From 3 to 7 p.m.
- Pumpkin is free and there will be tools available for use
- Express yourself in a gord
- Leave your pumpkin to decorate the bar
- Contest is four days but only one entry per person
- Pumpkins will be judged on Halloween
- One Kids prize and One Adult prize will be awarded.
- Yours truly will be one of the judges
It isn’t just pumpkins, there will also be wet-hopped and other harvest beers on tap at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tonight, ten local pumpkin beers will be pouring at the Standard Tap. But what makes the event especially fun, for $10 you can drink from a small carved out pumpkin. Refills are just $2. Get there when the fun begins at 4 p.m. because pumpkin quantities are limited.
Pumpkin Head at Standard Tap [Facebook]
Guys, if you’ve been trying to find a way to convince your wife/girlfriend to give beer yet another try, you’ll want to consider dragging her to Pumpkin Smash 2012 happening at City Tap House this Sunday. With 25 different pumpkin beers being paraded through the event (including a few getting poured in Philly for the first time), it’s a perfect opportunity to turn your beer-averse lady on to the sweeter side of suds.
Much like a great many fruit-flavored beers, the majority of pumpkin beers offer a heady splash of sweetness that people who don’t believe they like beer actually find palatable and often even pleasing. Dosed with spices like nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, some of these liquids are more about the pumpkin pie than the pumpkin – a fact that works to your advantage with a lady whose Achilles heel is a sweet tooth that can be reasoned with.
Dick Cantwell, head brewer for Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, is bringing a bunch of kegs that are otherwise unavailable outside his brewery’s own Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, making City Tap House’s Pumpkin Smash home to the biggest assortment of Elysian beers outside the brewery. If you don’t succeed in getting your woman friend to like beer, even after making her try 25 different ones, you can always buy her some pumpkin martinis and sign her up for the pumpkin pie eating contest.
City Tap House [Official website]