Can you have too many craft beer festivals? It’s a quiet, behind-the-scenes type of debate here in the Northwest where breweries and craft beer festivals are plentiful. We have so many annual festivals that some attendees and some breweries can sometimes get festival fatigue. Those on the other side of the coin argue that there can’t be too much of a good thing and any reason one can find to create a new craft beer festival should be taken advantage of.
I can understand the viewpoint on both sides of this debate but I figure, as long as all these festivals can still find enough interested craft beer lovers to attend, then we’ll keep getting more. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Seattle Harvestfest, which will be coming to Utah Avenue South next Thursday, September 14th. Brought to you by Cask Creek Productions, this festival is a celebration of all the Fall/Harvest season styles we all enjoy.
I know, I know. It’s not Fall yet. However, that doesn’t mean that breweries can’t start bringing us their Fall releases, does it? Elysian Brewing Company doesn’t think so. In fact they’ve already released their Night Owl Pumpkin Ale.
Now, joining Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, three other pumpkin beers are making their annual return from Elysian: Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, and Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale.
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).
Are you one of those people who never outgrew Halloween; someone who dresses up each year in an elaborate costume, sometimes to the point of non-recognition? Or are you the more reserved type, prefering to just observe while you go about your business dressed as usual (or, as Wednesday Adams put it: “I’m a homicidal maniac- they look just like everyone else.”)? Either way, weekday or not, there will be a lot of people out tomorrow night to celebrate Halloween. If you’ll be one of them, do you know where you’re going yet? Here are a few optiosn for you (this is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all Halloween gatherings aroud Seattle):
Did you know that Pike Brewing Company was founded in a space that was formerly a brothel? That’s right. After a hard days work, locals would come to the LaSalle Hotel, in search of their ‘Harlot’, their ‘Honey’, their ‘Pumpkin’. And now you can come looking for your ‘Pumpkin’ too!
Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale, created by Pike Head Brewer, Dead Mochizuki, is set for release on Wednesday, September 5th. Here is the full release from Pike Brewing Company:
It may still be August but don’t forget that October and this year’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival are only 2 months away. This is the second year the festival will be held at Elysian Brewing‘s new commercial brewing facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.
This year’s fest will feature over 60 different pumpkin beers; 13 of which are from Elysian Brewing Company, including: Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale, Night Owl, Great Pumpkin, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, Hansel and Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pils, Coche de Medianoche (new!), Kürbitinus, PK-47 Pumpkin Malt Liquor, Headless Horsey (new!), Ursa Orange (new!) Mens Room Original Pumpkin Ale (new!) and Orange Manalishi (new!). Wow!
Tapping the Great Pumpkin
Things have changed a bit this year regarding tickets for the festival. All tickets this year will be pre-sold. They went on sale last Firday, 8/17, and you can pick up yours at all Elysian Pubs (Capitol Hill, Tangletown & Elysian Fields). You’ll need one ticket for each session: