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Old 10-17-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Seasonal Beers

With the leaves changing and a chill in the air we are coming up upon my favorite time season of the year...Beer Season, or more specifically, the seasonal beer season.
I've been drinking pumpkin ales reciently mostly Buffalo Bills and Jacks, which happens to be a pretty good offering from AB. The Harvest Moon ale really didn't do anything for me, and the Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale was to much like drinking the juice from and actually pumpkin rather than a beer with spices.
I can't wait for the Winter and Xmas beers to start showing up on the shelves and on tap; St. Nikolas Bock, Great Lakes Xmas, Goose Island, the Sam Adams sampler (except for that god awful lambic they always put in there) and then the Imperil Stouts.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:41 PM   #2
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I'll tell you this, my favorite holiday beers are the Anchor Merry Christmas and happy new year ale and the best is the Old Fezziweg Ale found in the Sam Adams seasonal sampler.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: Seasonal Beers

If you want a pumpkin beer that tastes like pumpkin pie spices. Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin and Southern Tier Pumpking fit that bill quite nicely, both are quite high in abv. though 9-10%.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:50 PM   #4
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One of my favorite micro-breweries is in Estes Park, CO. In the fall and winter they would do a raspberry-porter , they just mix their raspberry wheat and their porter.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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Definitely looking forward to the winter ales!
Currently I am enjoying the Goose Island Harvest Ale. Goes great with the cooler months of Fall.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:54 PM   #6
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Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:21 PM   #7
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Default Re: Seasonal Beers

Blue Moon's is pretty good. Ichabod is one of my favorites this season. Another very good one is Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest.
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:03 PM   #8
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Of all the Pumkins i've had so far this year the Dogfish Head has been my favorite with the Blue Moon not far behind.
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:47 AM   #9
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Oktoberfest....
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:54 AM   #10
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Default Re: Seasonal Beers

I wait all year for October to roll around for Pumpkin beer season.

Post Road has been my favorite for years, but this year it's #2.
Buffalo Bill's is darn good, I put it at #1, but just barely.
Saranac is #3, and Smuttynose lags behind at #4.

I'm not a fan of Dogfish Head and Blue Moon Pumpkin, not spicy enough. Same reason I put Smuttynose at #4. Seems you get spiced beer, or pumpkin flavored beer, I'm partial to the spiced style.

Then in Feb the local microbrewery makes 'Naked Fish', a chocolate raspberry stout. Some people look forward to Valentine's Day, I look forward to 'Naked Fish' day
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:14 AM   #11
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dogfish head punkin ale
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:12 AM   #12
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:45 AM   #13
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I hate Sam Adams Boston Lager, but the Sam Adams Oktoberfest is pretty good!
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:32 PM   #14
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Ok this stuff is brewed down the road. You a local guy? If so, the redhook brew pub has the seasonal on cask, and if they put it back on try the maibock. Its made only for the pub, can't even get growls. The stuff is fantastic.

I blue moon pumpkin is good

as is redhook Harvest Ale.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:01 PM   #15
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Oktoberfest....

enough said right there...
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:11 AM   #16
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PUNK'N by Four + Brewing (Salt Lake City) is pretty good stuff.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:08 AM   #17
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My favorite is coming out soon.

Brooklyn Brewing Company's Black Chocolate Stout.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:58 AM   #18
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I'm looking forward to some Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:04 AM   #19
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Default Re: Seasonal Beers

One of my favorites was the 06 Blue Moon Winter Ale. I remember last winter I was excited when I saw it on the shelves and bought it. To my surprise they changed the beer, the 07 wasn't as good as the 06 winter ale.

I hope they bring it back this winter.
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:08 PM   #20
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I hate Sam Adams Boston Lager, but the Sam Adams Oktoberfest is pretty good!
got a case of the Octoberfest a few days ago. Really good stuff!
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