Beer Review: Elysian Brewing Co., Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Well, here I sit at the ol’ A.E. parsonage. The days are scorching hot, the nights not much better. That must mean…it’s almost fall? Yep, here in the Central Valley of California, the days prior to the arrival of fall are quite hellish. How, then, do we poor blighted folk know that fall approacheth? We know in the manner God intended…pumpkin ales begin to arrive, duh. Elysian Brewing Company‘s Night Owl Ale is the beer I have chosen to refresh myself with this muggy, humid evening. Read on, my congregants, to find out whether this evangelist predicts 6 more weeks of summer…or do I have that holiday misplaced? Continue reading

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Review: A Trifecta of Pumpkin Ales for the harvest-time!

Here in the Central Valley of California, the corn is being harvested, silage and tomato trucks infest the roads, the weather is getting cooler, and the hay bales are showing up at fruit stands all over the countryside.  It must be fall. Around A.E.’s household, the season is better known as pumpkin beer season, and what better way to celebrate it than to share the good news of some good brews I’ve sampled recently (and not-so-recently).  Here are 3 pumpkin ales that I liked and are worth sipping.  Still to come is Southern Tier’s Pumking and Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale.  Enjoy! Continue reading