image of Grainville Island Pumpkin Ale, courtesy of the brewery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Hard to believe but in a short while it will be October (not Oktober) and thoughts will start leaning towards fall.

October also is a time for people to seek out the inspiring fields of pumpkin patches, consume hot apple cider, and begin the process of preparing for winter.

For those of us in the Northwest it is also the welcome sight of local breweries and their variations on Pumpkin ales and lagers. Grainville Island out of B.C. was happy to remind us, that the United States is not the only brewery in the Northwest that knows pumpkins.

“Our limited releases complement the best of every season, and our Pumpkin Ale is no exception!” says Granville Island Brewing brewmaster Vern Lambourne. “Its earthy undertones lend a unique twist to this untraditional ale. With its burnt orange colour and roasted pumpkin and spice flavours, this ale reflects our city’s flavourful transition into fall.”

Pumpkin Ale is a delicious accompaniment to rich stews, pumpkin pie and quiches. What better way to relax this fall than with a Pumpkin Ale! Pumpkin Ale is available in individual 650ml bottles for a limited time only, in select Lower Mainland government liquor stores and at our Granville Island retail store, for $5.30/650ml bottle. Visit for stores and availability.

About Granville Island Brewing (GIB)

Established is 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada’s first microbrewery offering a variety of award- winning beers which are brewed and sold here in BC. GIB is dedicated to handcrafting only the finest premium beers that are 100 per cent all-natural and brewed in small batches to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience. In celebration of their West Coast heritage GIB names each beer after iconic Vancouver locations that embody the local lifestyle. From the original Island Lager and English Bay Pale Ale, to Cypress Honey Lager, and now their latest innovation; Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast. For more information, visit

Look for Pumpkin Ale at the brewery or check out BC Liquor Stores for stores and availability.