Here we are in the beginning of August, and you know what that means for all of us beer enthusiasts. Pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests are arriving left and right!! Pumpkin ales are flavored several different ways. Brewers do everything from adding actual pumpkin carvings to the mash, while others use pumpkin puree or some other form of pumpkin flavoring. You will definitely notice spicy flavors that are dominant in traditional pumpkin pie, such as ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. There is little to no hop bitterness, so you truly get a malty, spicy flavor that will bring you back to childhood pumpkin pie memories of yesteryear. Oktoberfests, also known as Marzen Lagers, are another great fall seasonal. Marzen (german for March) lagers get their name from the times before refridgeration, when you could only brew beer three seasons a year due to the heat and the high risk of bacterial infections during the summer months. They were kept in “cold storage” and brewed at a higher gravity of alcohol so they would keep. Oktoberfest lagers are full bodied, toasty lagers that are typically dark copper in color and have a higher alcohol content than your traditional lager. So as we inch toward fall, come on out and try a few of these seasonal delights. You will no doubt be pleasantly surprised!
This article was written by Guizmo