Ohio Brewery News
Turning Into a Pumpkin
For all the enforcers of seasonality who will decry the release of pumpkin beers in August as too early, we’ve got some really great news that should help you sleep tonight. There are these things called “refrigerators” and “shelves” that allow you to buy a beer now, store it, and enjoy it “later” when you think it’s a more “appropriate” time.
All kidding aside, whether you’re ready for them or not, pumpkin beers are starting to hit store shelves this month. Here are a few from the Akron/Canton area available in cans now at the breweries and at select beer retailers:
- Hoppin’ Frog Brewery‘s 2010 Great American Beer Festival gold medalist Frog’s Hollow double pumpkin ale was released last week. One of Ohio’s stronger pumpkin ales, this brew clocks in at a mighty 8.4% ABV, it’s luscious maltiness complemented by cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. A whiskey barrel aged version is also available while supplies last.
- On the opposite end, R. Shea Brewing‘s Pumpkin Ale is lighter bodied and sessionable at 5.25% ABV. Still boasting a signature note of pumpkin pie spice, the addition of Galena hops brings balance to the brew and will have you reaching for another when you find the bottom of the first.
- Pumpkin Slayer from Royal Docks Brewing amps up the traditional pumpkin ale with a blast of coffee, providing a roasty jolt of flavor to play against the playful spices and rich pumpkin and malt backbone.