There. I said it. Pumpkin treats are fucking annoying. They arrive while the rising heat blurs the air above pavement. They are a gimmick. Companies feel obligated to indulge the masses and why not? It's easy money!
There are those few, however, whose vision is focused outside of the status quo; who, dare I say, may very well be taking the piss out of all of those over spiced and under contemplated warm weather-brewed pumpkin ales by simply expressing themselves!
Huzzah! We celebrate the following visionaries for doing things their own way:
Almanac Beer Co Pumpkin Sour - 11.0% abv, aged in both wine and Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels (San Francisco, CA)
Avery Brewing Company Pump(KY)n 2014 - 17.2% abv, Imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels (Boulder, CO)
Central Waters Brewing Company Headless Heron - 8.5% abv, spiced bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale (Amherst, WI)
Finback Brewery Dark Entity - 6.0% abv, spiced Porter w/ Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee (Queens, NY)
Jolly Pumpkin Brewery La Parcela - 5.9% abv, foudre fermented sour ale w/ spices and cocoa (Dexter, MI)
Brasserie à Vapeur Potironne - 8.0% abv, Saison w/ orange peel and red pepper (Pipaix, Belgium)
Seasonal beers during the appropriate season! Cheers! http://www.facebook.com/events/309823819187832/