Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Fall is here!

Colors changing...

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the cool days, the random warm days, and the slower pace of life at home. A couple of my favorite things about fall are things that I could enjoy year around so I really appreciate now.

Pumpkin inspired goodness! 
Human Bean's Pumpkin Spice Lattes (actually can get year around)
International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer (love this! I have even made french toast with it!)
My Favorite....
Pumpkin Inspired Beers!!!

So, my husband introduced me to pumpkin beer a couple of years ago and I instantly became a fan.

Last year, I decided I wanted to try the various versions that breweries had developed. (My friends must have realized this because one day I came home and found a gift on my front porch...thank you Beer Fairy!)

This year, I decided to continue to try as many pumpkin brews that I could find from traditional to ciders to the specialty bombers. Eventually, I figured that I need to develop a favorite one for the years to come, and decided I needed to make notes...so I am sharing my personal opinion to what I have tried. I have planned to break down the reviews in categories of 6 packs, bombers under $12, and bombers over $12. 

If you have a favorite that I did not cover, leave me a comment.

My ultimate favorite is (stocking up on this one!)
Shipyard Brewery - Pumpkinhead

Let's get started...this was my inspiration when I opened my fridge and saw a random selection of seasonal yumminess!! 

6 Pack Category $7.99 to $10.99
Blue Moon
Wynnkoop - my least favorite
Shipyard -Pumpkinhead *favorite*
Shipyard-Smashed Pumpkin
Shocktop - good intro beer, not too spicey or heavy
New Belgium-pumpkick 

Specialty Bombers $10 or more
Rogue-Pumpkin Patch
Samuel Adams-Fat Jack-easy drinking beer, spices are evident but not too strong.
Souther Tier - Pumking *favorite bomber-This beer has a well balanced pumpkin pie flavor, almost a creamy finish 

If you like ciders, Ace has a nice, mellow spice to it.

More beers...
New one I just found this weekend-
Cambridge Brewing Company-
Overall a well balanced pumpkin beer. Cloudy, amber color. Made with sweet pumpkins which is a prominent flavor in this beer. Not to spicy but definitely pumpkin!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Where did fall go?

A week after peak colors...this is the same tree today.

And now it is snowing outside...
Fall is my favorite time of the year but it goes by so quickly...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Fall

Best time of the year, pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, boots, cozy evenings, slower paced days and beautiful colors outside...