Pumpkin Beer Tasting!

October 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Pumpkin Beer Tasting! @ Crystal City Wine Shop | Arlington | Virginia | United States

Come enjoy four awesome pumpkin beers from an eclectic selection of breweries that do things a little differently! Tonight, we are showcasing some of the best, most interesting, and funkiest pumpkin beers around!

  • Saucony Creek Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress: Combining both butternut squash (aka pumpkin) and maple syrup with spices, this imperial ale celebrates the story of Captain Jack Rachman and his pirate-mates. Brewed to combine those autumnal flavors with “pirate spices,” this creates a beer that is very pumpkin-y but with a vanilla kick that makes it truly interesting. 9.8% ABV, 8 IBU
  • Boulevard Brewing Funkier Pumpkin: “Never content with brewing “to style,” our brewing team’s approach to Funkier Pumpkin is far from your standard take on pumpkin spice beers. Choosing to focus on the complexity that brettanomyces can bring to a beer, Funkier Pumpkin offers subtle pumpkin flavor accented by traditional spicing in a beer that showcases the hallmark earthy/forest floor notes of our house wild yeast strain.” 8.5% ABV, 15 IBU, #2 on Paste’s List of Pumpkin Beers
  • Uinta Funk’n Patch Brett Pumpkin Ale: “A brettanomyces-fermented pumpkin ale that straddles the imperial boundary, it’s fairly light and approachable on the spices. Every score sheet independently noted the tartness—but mild tartness—that is present here, combining with toasted, bready malt to create something that is almost like a lightly soured amber ale. The brett here doesn’t go hard on the funk or exotic, barnyard aromatics—rather, it melds itself into the spices and works subtly in the background. The tartness, meanwhile, is very gentle, fun and approachable; nowhere near puckering but simply inviting of another sip. If you know people who say they hate both sours and pumpkin beer, this could be the magic bullet that would change their mind on both.” 8% ABV, #15 on Paste’s List of Pumpkin Beers
  • South Street Brewery Twisted Gourd Imperial Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Ale: “The year before the Civil War struck the Commonwealth, a pumpkin blight affected crops throughout Central Virginia, turning the affected gourds into “the bleached resemblance of twisted skulls”, according to historical reference. The rotting pumpkins fermented untouched in the field until devoured by livestock who “roamed the countryside mad with delirium”. It was known as the Year of the Twisted Gourd.” This won a 2016 GABF Silver Medal for Pumpkin Spice Beer and is one of the most exotic takes on pumpkin beer that you can find! 8.37% ABV

Besides these four pumpkin beers, check out our selection of great seasonals, including a few Oktoberfests, more pumpkin beers, and other fall seasonals!

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