Monday, October 8, 2012
City Tap House Pumpkin Smash
I started with a glass of the Elysian Night Owl. Not sure if it was from the pumpkin firkin or not unfortunately. And, yes, they turned an actual pumpkin into a firkin. It was pretty neat.
I forgot to mention, they were selling some sweet Halloween glasses that you can see in the picture above. I was actually given mine, but they were available for a while to the public too. Night Owl itself was fine. Cinnamon, allspice, clove with a weakish beer in the back. Body followed with light flavor taken over by cinnamon and allspice and nutmeg. Basically, this was an example of a normal pumpkin beer with no surprises. Not the best, but fine.
After that I changed the pace and went with The Gourdfather, a pumpkin barleywine. Yes, a barleywine. Never seen one of these before.
One of the main reasons I was excited for this event was that I'd finally get a chance to try Elysian's Dark O' the Moon pumpkin stout. I've had one or two others in that style and really enjoyed them and was looking forward to to trying this one.
Moving off the beers for a few, I don't know what the crowd is usually like on Sundays at City Tap House, but it was jam packed yesterday. I'm betting the Eagles game being at 1pm probably caused some of that on top of the event. I mean, this isn't the greatest view but here's a small example of the crowd.
And back to drinking. I had two more beers after the Dark O' the Moon with the first being Apocalypse Blight from a firkin. Not sure if there was anything special about the firkin compared to the draft version, though. Definitely had the best beer name of the day in my opinion. Blight was made with Oregon pumpkins, Vietnamese cinnamon, and brown sugar.
And, finally, the last one I tried was a collaboration between Ninkasi and Elysian, the Hopsquatch IPA, another style you don't normally find made with pumpkins.
Phew, that's a lot of pumpkin and writing. This was another really well run event by the City Tap House. I don't know if they expected such a large crowd as two of their three pumpkin entrees for brunch had sold out by 1pm or so, but they handled the crowd easily otherwise. Beers were never slow, the food was quite good, and our waitress was great. The beers Elysian brought were really interesting and quite diverse with all of them expressing a different way of using pumpkin. Considering there were like 20-30 other pumpkin beers from other breweries too this was quite the crazy day. Great day and I hope they do it again next year.