This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.
It might be hard to fathom now, but there was a time, not so long ago, when one could walk through a grocery emporium during the months of September and October without encountered a seemingly endless array of products with pumpkin flavor temporarily imposed upon them. Now that the takeover of our nation’s most insistent winter squash is all but complete, there are a dizzying array of beers that would be suitable substitutions for the most traditional Thanksgiving dessert. And my household takes full advantage of that.
While a new favorite is likely to emerge every year, I maintain a strong affection for the pumpkin beer that won me over to the pleasurable possibilities of the seasonal affectation, essentially convincing me it could be more than a gimmick: Big Boss Brewing’s Harvest Time. A crisp ale, the beer has a strong rush of spices and a rich, almost lush undercurrent of pumpkin flavor. Most importantly, it’s a beer first. The pumpkin flavor is component, not a sole reason for being.
It may only be available around the time that ghosts and goblins are prepping their trick-or-treat bags, but Harvest Time is one of those rare pumpkin beers that would be worth cracking open any time of the year.
Previous entries in this series can be found by clicking on the “Beers I Have Known” tag.