Festival Preview: WA: 10/19 & 10/20 Elysian Pumpkin Fest is coming!

Image courtesy of our Flickr page. Click on the link. When this writer mentions the word October, what is conjured in your mind? Is it the harvest? Maybe it's moth-balling your summer clothing. Fertilizing the lawn for the pending Winter?

Ok in all seriousness you’re probably thinking about the Great Pumpkin Best Festival and wondering when it's going to start. The answer … Friday October 19th & Saturday October 20th.

Like previous years the Great Pumpkin Festival seeks to remind people of that most stereotypical of Halloween ornaments. If the Christmas Tree evokes people to spend large sums of money, then the Pumpkin will drive you to drink.

But for the uninitiated, or as this writer likes to call them, green pumpkin fest-goers; the festival is a 60 beer salute to beers made with pumpkins and cooking ingredients.

Brewery terms of entry are simple, brew with pumpkins. This doesn't mean raid the spice rack and hope no one notices you just made a cinnamon ESB. This means you have to brew with pumpkins. Along the way if you drop some coriander, ginger, cloves, or other elements indicative of fall; then so be it.

Shutting the heck up for a moment here is the festival facts for those who have pretty dozed off from my words of enthusiasm.

Elysian's seriousness about the pumpkin has made the papers, both in the mainstream and in beer publications such as Beer Advocate, which placed three Elysian offerings in its top 20 Pumpkin Beers.  Leading the way was The Great Pumpkin.  This year Elysian will bring back such favorites as Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Dark o' the Moon Pumpkin Stout and Coche de Medianoche, made with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cumin and chilies.  In addition, new pumpkin beers will be unveiled, such as Gourdfather, a pumpkin barley wine, an Indian-spice-themed beer yet to be named, and "something with plums," according to Dick Cantwell, Elysian's Head Brewer.

More importantly this year marks another year in which Elysian sets other breweries straight, by visiting them and working on a beer together. Out of this assistance, comes the side-effect Elysian of collaboration on other beers (outside of GPBF). Need some proof?  How about New Belgium, Stone, The Bruery, Lost Abbey, Beau's All Natural and Ninkasi?

Tickets start selling on August 17th at all three pubs as well as Full Throttle Bottles. Else you can purchase online, startin August 24th from Brown Paper Tickets. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265270

Finally, don't forget the brewery will be hosting this festival in the parking lot of their production brewery.

Festival Hard Facts

Tickets $25 - Souvenir Glass + 6 Drink Tickets. Additional Drink Tickets for purchase at Event 21+ Event.


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