Yes, it's that time of year - all the pumpkin/fall seasonal beers are beginning to creep onto package store shelves. But instead of panicking and thinking that summer's almost over, rejoice in that pumpkiny flavor that's fresh for the drinking. Go ahead. We won't tell.
Check out the 10 pumpkin beers you shouldn't be waiting 'til October to be drinking:
Pronounced goze-uh, this traditionally German style is going through a resurgence in the American craft beer scene. Case in point: Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn, New York released Jammer, a sessionable gose as its new spring/summer seasonal earlier this year.
If you're unfamiliar with the style, or aren't enticed by the idea of a "salty beer," check out this article written by Eric Asimov in the New York Times:
Champlain Orchards is a family-owned and operated farm and cidery in Shoreham, Vermont, and is the longest continually operating orchard in the state. The orchards have produced over 65 varieties of apples as well as several types of peaches, plums, pears and berries.
Champlain Orchards Original Cider will debut in Massachusetts at the end of April on draft, and in four-packs of 12 oz. glass bottles and 16 oz. cans. The cider is crisp and effervescent with a hint of sweet apple. Floral aromas of citrus and apple are followed by a tart finish.
About a month ago we got an e-mail from Jason Spaulding, President of Brewery Vivant of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Breweries participating in beer festivals outside their normal distribution territories must choose a distribution company local to where the festival is taking place. It’s all part of the Federally mandated three-tier system. In this case, Brewery Vivant, which currently only distributes throughout Michigan, Indiana, and the Chicago-area, needed a distribution company to take its beer into Massachusetts for the Extreme Beer Festival. They chose the Craft Brewers Guild.
Beer drinkers can't get enough of the resinous aroma and array of piney, citrusy, and bitter hop flavors. Breweries are churning out several varieties of Pale Ales, sessionalbe IPAs, and higher ABV DIPAs to meet demand and everyone knows the fresher it is, the better it is. But let's face it, sometimes that "bottled on" date from 8 days ago juuuust doesn't cut it.