Tap Check: Local Pumpkins and Fruitier Beers


Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale is out. It’s just one of the local pumpkin beers you can find right now.


Can’t keep up with the swift pace of change in the region’s beer drinking scene? Neither can we. But here are some of the latest beers and biggest news that we’ve caught.

Want to win a case of Neshaminy Creek’s Shape of Hops to Come, the brewery is running a contest on Social Media between now and September 10th.

Tröegs has rolled out a new Kolsch, When in Doubt. The 4.2% alcohol by volume beer is available in both bottles and on draft. Tröegs has also rolled out a fall seasonal, Hop Knife Harvest Ale.

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It’s Finally (Actually) Time for Pumpkin


So even if you’re like us at Foobooz, hating all things too-soon pumpkin, I think we can all agree that since the end of October is near it’s finally time to break out the pumpkin and like it. And for all of you who love pumpkin no matter how early in the season it is, this will send you over the moon.

Tonight, Standard Tap is hosting Pumpkin Head 2014. Starting at 4 p.m., the Tap will have a huge variety of pumpkin beers on tap, and for $10 you can get your very own hallowed out pumpkin from which you will drink the pumpkin beer. It really can’t get much more pumpkin-y that that. As a plus, after you’re finished your first pumpkin head, every refill from then on is only $2.

Standard Tap recommends getting there as close to 4 p.m. as possible because of limited supply of pumpkins.

Standard Tap [Foobooz]

End the War on Summer

southern-tier-pumking-940The 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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Kraftwork & Sidecar are Offering Pumpkin Carving Contests

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.
Sidecar Bar [Facebook]
Kraftwork [Facebook]

Drink Out of Gourd at the Standard Tap

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]

Beer Haters, It’s Time To Try The Great Pumpkin

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]