Oh fall is here finally Missouri. The leaves are changing and everyone is turning into pumpkins and so is their pee with all this pumpkin beer flowing around. I am of course going to review a few Missouri pumpkin beers but also other season releases that are worth your change.
P to the S…keep on reading and answer a question below for a chance to win $25 tickets to the Fresh Hop Beer Festival at Schlafly.
First, here are some runner-ups that you should give a chance.
1. Peace Offering by Perennial
2. Sweet Potato Ale by Piney River Brewery
Let’s start off with Oktoberfest. I have a love/hate relationship with Oktoberfest lagers. They are not my favorite type of beer, however, I am Deutsch so I have to get in touch. I was highly impressed with the Oktoberfest this year at Urban Chestnut. This was my first time and it was surprisingly similar to the oh so touristy mecca called Hofbraeuhaus in Munich (where they have a machine that tests your blood alcohol content). If you are going to drink any Oktoberfest Lager let it be this one…
Oachkatzlschwoaf: Oktoberfest Lager by Urban Chestnut (St. Louis)
Taste: 7.5/10—Refreshing like those Germans, but not enough chutzpah!
Hop Factor: Some hops but just not hoppy enough in my opinion. An IBU of only 20.
Get there and have one, oh and these steins are still available too.
Morning Glory by Four Hands (Saint Louis)
I have it pictured here with a sweet potato because unlike those other snoots (I kid, I kid), I don’t pair my beer, so I made it literal. So, I literally ate a sweet potato with this one. This beer screams fall as soon as it hits your fresh hop pallet. I mean really, “pumpkins, goblins, and turkeys oh my….” This bad boy is brewed with sweet potatoes, all spice, nutmeg, vanilla beans, and aged on Pecan Wood. You will go to sleep dreaming of a dutch oven making fresh cobbler of fire, so yeah, I like it.
Taste: 8.7/10 Hits your tongue with a gentle spice, slight sweetness, followed by sweet gingerbread men dancing in your head.
Hop Factor: There is a subtle taste of hops but it is not that bitter so those of you that don’t like hops (said no one ever) this might be your jam. Actually it is like jam to butter, it fits right in.
Tasmanian IPA: Schlafly (Saint Louis)
Thank hopping Gods for this one that just hit the shelves a couple weeks ago. When I heard about this one, I had to get my hands on it so I stopped on over and talked to my friends at Gustine Market about this one, because their local selection is off the hopchainnnnn. This bad boy is brewed with 100% Australian hops and is one of my favorite Schlafly brews. Get your hands on this citrus, spicy, little feller before January when it is stopped being brewed.
Hop Factor: I’m hopping like a bunny over here! IBU’s of 60, I’m feeling hoptastic.
Imperial Pumpkin Smash: Crown Valley (St. Genevieve)
My second favorite beer this season in Missouri.
When I heard about this one, I had to get my hands on it. I mean Imperial + Pumpkin? Give me a beeorgasm why don’t you?! I headed over to Amsterdam in south city Saint Louis and went in for the kill. For those of you that have ever had Crown Valley beers, I have not been impressed, not sure about you. But, as soon as I smelled it, I knew I was going to hi-five the shit out of the brewers. I tasted it and yep. Out of the ball park fellas.
Taste: Can we say walking on a balance beam without even slightly falling? This shit has balance. Initially this is a sweet beer but two seconds later the bitter espresso imperial hits you and you are in for a smooth ride.
Tones of nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, and sweet potato make this my second favorite beer this season.
Hop Factor: 48 IBUs so it is bitter and hoppy but matched up well with some sweet and sassy pumpkins.
ABV: 10.60% Get a ride home kids because you better hope this isn’t your first rodeo.
Last but not least…my favorite beer of the season…beer knocking please…
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
Most people are calling this there favorite beer nationally, let alone here in Missouri. To put it bluntly, it is fucking amazing. It is only available until the end of October, so you better stock up. Oh, and I highly recommend the draft of this one, so fresh and so clean clean. Even on Beer Advocate, this one is rated a 94/100 which is pretty flipping rad.
Taste: 9.8/10 If I could taste velvet this is what it would be like. What I adore about this beer is that it is not sweet. Beer is not meant to be sweet (O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin *clears throat*), it should be an all encompassing round of flavors like this one.
Hop Factor: This is not a hoppy beer, it comes in at 16 IBUs. It does have more carbonation than other beers.
ABV: 8.0% (high like a beer should be)
Kudos to Schlafly! Oh and you should check out their Fresh Hop Beer Festival on October 26. Want a couple of tickets for free? ($50 value) Leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite seasonal beer is right now and you could win.