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Two Local Pumpkin Beers To Get You Excited About Fall
SF Weekly ^ | Tue., Oct. 9 2012 | Christina Spittler

Posted on 10/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway

With Halloween right around the corner, the season of the pumpkin is upon us. Pumpkin patches have popped up overnight, cute sugar pie pumpkins sit alongside their strictly ornamental gourd brethren at the Farmers Markets, and pictures of your kids playing in corn mazes and on hay bales clog our Instagram feed. All of this is just swell our opinion, as pumpkins are delicious. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, toasted pumpkin seeds... if it touched a pumpkin, we'll eat it. And quite possibly the best way to enjoy their squashy splendor is as a glass of hearty pumpkin beer.

Pumpkin beer is, and always will be the perfect, albeit elusive, once-a-year treat to bring to the pumpkin carving potluck, backyard bonfire, or Halloween party. Six-packs of the stuff are available at most bodegas and specialty beer shops around the city by now, but none of the varieties you will find on the shelves are brewed and bottled within San Francisco's borders. After days of toil and trouble (aka using the internet and the phone) surprisingly we found that just two breweries in the city are making their own pumpkin beers:

21st Amendment Brewery

Pumpkin Schmunkin ale at 21st Amendment.

This SOMA spot is brewing a little something they like to call Pumpkin Shmunckin: their take on a pumpkin ale made with local, organic pumpkins that are roasted in house and mixed in with the mash. It's a darker ale with some welcome notes of cloves and nutmeg, not too sweet, and is a refreshing take on a sometimes overly saccharine concoction. It's a fine, drinkable pumpkin that will give you a bit of a buzz at 7.1% ABV. We like the warm spices, hint of hops at the end, and obviously, saying the word shmunckin.

Magnolia Brewery Magnolia's Barking Pumpkin is a dark, smooth, almost copper colored brew made with a bounty of Winter Luxury pumpkin flesh and seeds. It's a bit sweeter than the Shmunckin, but we are certainly still far away from pumpkin pie territory. The pumpkin flavor is subtle with some hints of coffee, like a porter. We like the rich and robust aroma this one brings to the duo and predict it will keep us warm on a windy night in Upper Haight.

And if pumpkin beer doesn't do it for, perhaps apples will, as both breweries also have locally made hard ciders on tap. Cheers!


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1 posted on 10/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Red_Devil 232

Ping.


2 posted on 10/10/2012 3:57:46 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: nickcarraway

I was given a 6 pack of pumpkin beer.
I took a few sips and poured it down the drain.

Blechhh!!


3 posted on 10/10/2012 3:59:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Silentgypsy; quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; ...

Pinging the Homebrewers List!


4 posted on 10/10/2012 4:01:31 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway

Autumn is great for Hard Cider.


5 posted on 10/10/2012 4:02:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

I had a pumpkin beer that on a technical level was amazing, tasted like pumpkin pie... turns out I don’t like drinking pumpkin pie. But that’s OK, I’ve learned beer bread is the ultimate repository for beer you don’t like.


6 posted on 10/10/2012 4:04:42 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: nickcarraway

The description certainly sounds delicious, but I’m not sure I’d be interested. On the other hand, Rogue Ales (over in Newport, OR) made a chocolate brew that’s to die for. I couldn’t imagine that chocolate beer would be good.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: discostu

I think I had the same one: skip the pie and just drink the beer!


8 posted on 10/10/2012 4:09:28 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: nickcarraway
I've only had two pumpkin brews (if that's what they actually are) this year: Samuel Adams, which I usually like, but didn't like this one, and Blue Moon, which was better, but not "pumpkin pie" good.

Not actually a connoisseur of fine beer, but I drink some occasionally (particularly when I'm seeing the Irish band I like at an old tavern down on Stone Street . . . )

9 posted on 10/10/2012 4:13:28 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: mylife

Was it the spices? I don’t like wheat beers or any flavored beer. Same with coffee.

I am headed to a Local Home Brew Store tomorrow. Just to see what they have in stock as supplies. They are supposed to have an extensive collection of beers not normally stocked by local stores for sale also.


10 posted on 10/10/2012 4:16:36 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway

Yuck and YUCK!


11 posted on 10/10/2012 4:29:25 PM PDT by jaz.357 ( *Luke 6:43-45* Twas Ever Thus!)
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To: mylife

I have some homemade Hard Cider just bottled and one still fermenting very nicely the one fermenting has a very nice apple aroma. I hope the aroma will still be there when finished and bottled.


12 posted on 10/10/2012 4:37:16 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

It was the pumpkin.


13 posted on 10/10/2012 4:44:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yom!


14 posted on 10/10/2012 4:46:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

This is sick. Some might like it, but please, for the love of all good things, please, brothers and sisters, please refrain from referring to this concoction as beer. Maybe thinned pumpkin spoilage juice, but not, by any definition is this beer.


15 posted on 10/10/2012 4:49:36 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: nickcarraway

At a recent ‘intro to home brewing’ class that I took, the instructor went to great lengths to explain that when a pumpkin beer is brewed, it gets no ‘pumpkin taste’ from the pumpkin, rather any taste that it has is due to other ingredients that have been added to the brew.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 5:29:52 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: nickcarraway

Our homebrew club has a blind pumpkin tasting every year. We have about a dozen different pumpkin ales, including a few homebrews. They are all over the cchart in tste!

Most people like the pumpkin ale with a bit of vanilla in it best of all.


17 posted on 10/10/2012 6:18:02 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: nickcarraway

Just saying -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinheitsgebot

Cheers,

knewshound


18 posted on 10/10/2012 7:43:37 PM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: nickcarraway

I like some of the New England microbrews, Shipyard being one of my favorites. Their Pumpkinhead beer is something I look forward to every year.


19 posted on 10/11/2012 3:04:57 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: mylife
Autumn is great for Hard Cider.

Homemade is good, but there's a bottled version known as Angry Orchard that is as good as any bottled cider around. They have three versions. I highly suggest them all.
20 posted on 10/11/2012 3:06:15 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: nickcarraway; evets; SmithL; NormsRevenge

21 posted on 10/11/2012 7:01:22 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:P~)
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To: mylife
Autumn is great for Hard Cider.


22 posted on 10/11/2012 9:24:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: martin_fierro
Lol... I've tried this:

... but for Halloween, try this:

... or this!

23 posted on 10/11/2012 11:44:00 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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