Summer is nearly here. That means trips to the beach, driving with the top down, barbecues and more. So, is it too early to start thinking about Fall and The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival? Elysian Brewing Company certainly doesn’t think so. They’ve just announced the 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, which will be taking place this October 4th, 5th and 6th at their Georgetown prouduction brewery facility down on Airport way (5510 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108).
According to Elysian Brewing Company:
Who would have known a funny little obsession with pumpkin beers would grow into one of the Northwest’s Largest Fall Beer Events?! Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival started in Seattle back in 2005 with less than 10 beers in total. Nine years later, pumpkin fever is in full force, and the Elysian’s 9th Annual GPBF (as it’s now known) will span three days, with one – six hour session each day. Over 60 pumpkin beers will be flowing at any given time, with surprise beer treats, three local food trucks + ice cream and fresh donuts on hand, along with professional pumpkin carving and of course – GIANT PUMPKINS FILLED WITH BEER!
This year’s GPBF will feature over 60 different pumpkin-themed beers, many from Elysian Brewing, a new collaboration beer they’ve made in conjunction with 21st Amendment Brewing Company from San Francisco and, of course, a tapping each day during the festival of The Great Pumpkin.
Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale on Thursday, August 1st from Brown Paper Tickets. The cost will be $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee), and you’ll need a ticket for each session. No tickets will be sold at the gate. And don’t delay purchasing your tickets, as last year’s festival sold out fast.
The session times for this year’s festival are:
- OCT. 4: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- OCT. 5: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- OCT. 6: 12:00PM – 6:00 PM
Just a few of the pumpkin beers you can expect to see again this year from Elysian include: Dark O’ The Moon Pumpkin Stout, The Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine, Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale and The Great Pumpkin Imperial Ale.
Some of my favorites from last year’s festival included:
- Punkin from Dogfish Head Brewing out of Delaware: A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar (7%).
- Kill Bill 3 from Elliott Bay Brewing out of Seattle: A blend or organic mashing pumpkin and imperial stout (9%).
- Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing out of Seattle: The well-known sour classic – good batch this year (5.9%).
- Pump-kin B-Bomb form Fremont Brewing out of Seattle: 2011 Bourbon Barrel Abomniable with a carefully chosen spice blend (9.5%).
- Super Stuck Mash from NØGNE Ø out of Grimstad, Norway: With lots of rye and pumpkin puree, this was NØGENE Ø’s first attempt at a pumpkin beer – and was very successful (4.5%).
So mark your calendars now, and don’t forget to buy your tickets when they go on sale on August 1st. This is one of my favorite annual beer festivals, so I’m sure I’ll see you there.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.