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pennsforest04 09-25-2012 1:23 PM

Seasonal Beers
Alright, I apologize if there is already a thread like this, but I figured start one. I have only had Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Saranac pumpkin ale, and Sam Adams Oktoberfest so far. Although I like Oktoberfest, Shipyard is by far my favorite beer this Fall. Unfortunately almost all the beer distributors in my area are already sold out of it for the year. Any other fall beer recommendations or reviews?

hatepain 09-25-2012 1:43 PM

Southern Tier Pumpkin Ale is the best out there that I have ever had. It tastes like pumkin oatmeal cookies with an 8.6% kick.
Pyramids oktoberfest is better than Sam Adams in my book.
Dog Fish Head Pumkin ale is pretty good but not as good as Sothern Tier

hco 09-25-2012 2:38 PM

Oktoberfest is in season, so it's a great time to have at it. I love Spaten, Bell's makes a great one (expensive $$), and I don't drink Sam Adams because I feel all their beers are real mediocre, with the exception of Sam Adams Light, a pretty damn good light beer. I don't mind the pumpkin beers but I can only have one at a time, so I generally don't buy them. SHipyard is definitely one of the best ones though.

brettw 09-25-2012 2:43 PM

That reminds me, Anchor Steam will have it's Winter Ale coming out around November. I tried it last year and really liked it, but it was too late in the season and was sold out everywhere. I'd recommend trying it and picking up enough to last for awhile if you like it.

pennsforest04 09-25-2012 7:48 PM

I'll have to try some of these out sometime soon. Never heard of Spaten or Southern Tier. I have heard dogfish makes pretty good beer. Was talking to a few of the local distributors and it turns out they're receiving their first fall beers in early to mid August. So knowing this now, I might have start looking for winter ales soon. Definitely will try Anchor Steam out as well if it's in stock.

jhartt3 09-25-2012 7:50 PM

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is the best out there if you can get it.

kstateskier 09-25-2012 8:12 PM

I agree with Jess on the Schlafly. Being in the restaurant business I try a lot of beers and of the Pumpkin variety, which is really hot now, St. Louis has some of the best offerings between Schlafly, O'Fallon, and believe it or not, ShockTop has one of the best varieties I have tried. SA Octoberfest is completely overrated and is usually out way before October actually comes around as it is the fall equivalent to Blue Moon, meaning that it's one "craft" that all the Bud Light drinkers will try.

jaegermaster 09-25-2012 9:12 PM

The only thing fall micros do for me is get me excited for the winter brews. Pyramid Snow Cap. Period. Kicks ash on any other winter micro.

ottog1979 09-25-2012 10:13 PM

^X2 on winter brews. Lightning Brewery Black Lightning Porter. Damn that stuff warms the belly.

surfdoggy 09-26-2012 7:53 AM

Southern Tier Pumking - I wish they would make pumpkin pie that tasted this good.

wazzy 09-26-2012 10:54 AM

Southern Tier Pumking..... mmmmmmm.... making me drool...
Sam A's Fat Jack is supposed to be good.
Ichabod Pumpkin from New Holland's good.

As for Oktoberfest beers.... can't remember actually having a bad one...... (Reminds me, I need to stock up before it's gone for the year)

augie_09 09-26-2012 10:59 AM

not sure if these are available in your area, but..
Left hand brewery - Oktoberfest
Free State Wheat - Octoberfest
Boulevard Brewing - Bob's 47 Oktoberfest
Hofbrau - Maibock
Ayinger - Octoberfest

behindtheboat 09-26-2012 3:11 PM


Originally Posted by jhartt3 (Post 1785572)
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is the best out there if you can get it.

Ditto. Wish they distributed in Texas

wakeboardertj 10-02-2012 1:15 PM

I'm a big fan of the Sierra Nevada Tumbler. Great taste. Now if only the Ruthless Rye will come out sooner than later.

jaegermaster 10-03-2012 6:25 AM

I was at Costco the other day and see they now have Jubilale. Time to stock up.

kstateskier 10-04-2012 9:40 PM

Weeks, I'm enjoying a Pumpkin Ale for you right now!

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