Weekend Plans: Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

Pumpkin ales are an American original. Try 40 this weekend on Capitol Hill.

October 13, 2010

Welcome, Great Pumpkin.

This weekend, October 16 and 17, Elysian Brewing holds its annual pumpkin beer festival. This is what happens: Over 40 different pumpkin beers are poured, there is pumpkin carving, and—on 4pm on both days—Elysian taps a massive pumpkin filled with the brewery’s own fragrant, spicy Great Pumpkin Ale.

There are also pumpkin food specials on the menu.

If you’ve never had pumpkin ales, go give them a try. These beers are American originals, invented here just as surely as were Twinkies and the Tea Party. They are often spiced with pumpkin-pie spices like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger—the flavors of fall, in other words. They tend towards malty but sweetness varies as does pumpkiny-ness.

The festival takes place at Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill.

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