Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Say good-bye to Sam Summer and say hello to Octoberfest. Fall is most definitely here. Cold and chilly days mark one of the best seasons for drinking. Pumpkin flavored beers fill the shelves, leaving beer lovers with plenty of choices.
Below are some of my favorite fall beers and some recipes to try!
SHIPYARD PUMPKINHEAD ALE- This is one of my favorite fall beers. The first crisp sip is so tasteful, it leaves your taste buds wanting more. Pumpkin spice and cinnamon are wonderfully blended together and are not over powering at all. This beer can be found at numerous liquor stores and bars around Framingham. It also has a 4.5% ABV
SMUTTYNOSE PUMPKIN ALE- I decided to try this beer for the first time last night and I was surprise at how good it is. It has deep amber color to it and is accompanied by a white frothy foam. This beer seems to have a nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice taste to it. When the smell of the beer first hit my nose, it reminded me of a pumpkin pie coming out of the oven. For a great price this beer can be purchased at Trader Joe’s on Rt.9 west in Framingham and I unfortunately haven’t come across a bar in Framingham that serves it. 6.0% ABV
SAM ADAMS OCTOBERFEST- This beer is popular for a reason, but I was honestly afraid to try because of it's dark appearance. The color is almost red with a light foam resting on top. It has a very malty taste to it and also leaves a sweet taste in your mouth long after you are done with it. Even though this beer looks heavy, it's not. It's surprisingly a beer that you can drink all night long without feeling too full. This beer can be purchased at any liquor store and can be found at any bar in town. 5.7% ABV
HARVEST MOON PUMPKIN ALE- I have always been a huge fan of Blue Moon, so I decided to try out it's fall seasonal beer. The color is a mix of orange and red hues and it has a fluffy foam to it. For a pumpkin ale I couldn't really get to much of pumpkin taste out of it, but I could definitely taste the cinnamon. All in all I wasn't disappointed with this beer and would probably buy it again. This beer can be purchased at any liquor store, but I have yet to find it being served at any of the bars around town. 5.6% ABV
Creme Brulee Martini
SNAKEBITE/STOUT WOODY- I had my first Snakebite at an Irish bar in Tampa, FL. When I moved back up to Framingham, I was stunned that know one knew what a Snakebite was. Snakebite (some call it a Stout Woody) is a blend of two beers. Woodchuck mixed with Harps makes one of my favorite fall beers. It has a sweetness and an apple cider taste to it. Next time you are out at a bar ask the bartender if they can make you a Snakebite!
SNAKEBITE- A snakebite can also be know to have 1/2 pint of lager and a 1/2 pint of cider.
CREME BRULEE MARTINI- If you're a fan of the dessert than you would love this. The ingredients contain a dash of cream, 1 oz Frangelico, 1 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka and 1 oz Cointreau. Combine all these ingredients into a shaker and then strain it and serve it in a cocktail glass!