Halloween is unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year. Having grown up in Connecticut I always associate All Hallows Eve with cool crisp air, leaves in an array of colors and of course pumpkins. It was always a tradition in my family to hollow out the pumpkin and separate the seeds. Later my father and I would throw them in the toaster with a little salt and devour them as we carved our macabre designs into our gourds. Of course nothing will ever replace my fond memories; however, fortunately for me I’ve found another tradition to adopt each and every October since I became of legal drinking age: pumpkin beer aplenty. Today, it seems like every brewery in the U.S. has joined in the holiday fun and we ,the drinking public, have greatly benefited. Few have benefited more than those drinkers who have sampled Blue Moon Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Founded in 1995, Blue Moon Brewing Company has been climbing the ranks of popular brews over the last sixteen years. They have been winning awards like the 1995 World Beer Championship gold medalist in the White Beer category and the 2008 World Beer Cup gold medalist in Specialty Honey Lager or Ale category for Blue Moon’s Honey Moon. If you think you’ve had their seasonal pumpkin ale before, but the name doesn’t exactly sound the same you’re right. Blue Moon has been producing its seasonal brew since 2006; however it was originally released under the name Harvest Moon. The nose itself doesn’t reveal much, but as soon as it hits my palate, the pumpkin and allspice burst forward. The ale is clean and crisp with warm tones of flavors that instantly transport me back to the North East. With mellow notes of cloves and nutmeg rounding out the finish, the result is an extremely well balanced and complex brew. According to Blue Moon their Harvest Pumpkin Ale is “crafted with autumn’s bounty of vine-ripened pumpkin and flavors of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Then brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish.” So get in the holiday spirit and go grab this fantastic example of what pumpkin ale should be. And between you and me, there’s a rumor going around that the more pumpkin ale you drink the more likely you are to see the Great Pumpkin! Chug, Chug, Chug…
Price: $8.xx per six pack
Characteristics: Crisp and Clean with notes of pumpkin, clove, allspice and nutmeg, very balanced.
Verdict: Sneak up behind it and, Buy Now!