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What The Hell Is a Pumpkin Ale?

American Craft Beer’s Guide To Beer Styles

To the uninitiated this story may seem to pose a stupid question. Yes… it’s an ale featuring pumpkin and yes, it’s now a more defined style as set by the BJCP’s 2014 Guidelines (Spiced Beer: Autumn Seasonal) than ever before, but vagueness has never stopped us before and we’re dead set on finding out what the hell makes this beer tick. It’s this thirst for knowledge that drives us to dig deeper into the stories behind the beer we drink, thus protecting you from the embarrassment of not knowing exactly what it is you’ve decided to put in your mouth. So welcome to the latest in our ongoing series (drum roll please…) “What the Hell is a Pumpkin Ale?”


5 Reasons We’re Seeing Pumpkin Beers In June

It seems like for years now we’ve been seeing pumpkin beers ship earlier and earlier. We remember back to 2011 and how strange it was to see Sam Adam’s pumpkin beers hit retail shelves in early August. Fast forward to now and breweries like Elysian, Southern Tier, Cigar City, among others, are releasing their pumpkin ales as early as June.

 |  AUGUST 31, 2015

American Craft Beer Newswire

More Articles We Wish We Had Written

ACB covers craft beer news, entertainment and lifestyle 24/7, and we’d like to think we do a decent job. But there’s a lot of great craft beer journalism out there - and were constantly running into articles that we wished that we’d written.

So welcome to another ACB Newswire – recent articles that we’ve enjoyed – and thought you might as well.

AUGUST 31, 2015

The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - August 31, 2015

Craft Beer News That You Need To Know About!

We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. There was little need to check in for updates - things were pretty much done. But clearly all that’s changed.

So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourselves.

AUGUST 31, 2015

The American Craft Beer Friday Wrap-Up

This Week’s Compendium of Our Good, Bad & Ugly

Hey we get it.  You’re busy and you can’t possibly hang with us 24/7. But still, we don’t want you to be missing all the good stuff. So as part of our ongoing commitment to bringing you the best craft beer and lifestyle coverage on the face of the planet - and to keep you plugged into our ongoing recklessness – we do a weekly compilation of our recent good, bad and ugly.

So welcome to another Friday Wrap-Up

AUGUST 28, 2015

The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks - August 28, 2015

Hey the work week is over… And it’s time to start thinking fun. Well good, because we’re all about it and we’ve got all kinds of ideas for you. From the nation’s coolest beer festivals, movies and music to cutting edge TV - we’ve got your back big-time.  Plus we’ve a special weekend beer pick for you too, because we know you’ll be drinking!

So welcome to our awesome Weekend Picks…

AUGUST 28, 2015

Musicfest NW: Fire, Smoke, No Craft Beer?


Last year when Musicfest NW evolved away from it’s SXSW-style roots, once spread out around the city over 4 days and now packed into a weekend festival, it wanted to be bigger – officially now the biggest in Portland.

When it comes to BIG music festivals in the Northwest, the first that comes to mind is Sasquatch because damn, have you ever watched bands play in front of huge river? So it’s a tall order, yet it was my first corporate sponsored festival since Coachella back in aught-five, so this event was begging for our attention.




Newbies – 5 New Craft Beers You Need To Check Out - August 27, 2015

Pumpkin Hunter / Noir / Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale and more!

So many beers- So little time... More early fall seasonals this week and we’ve a number interesting new offerings that you’ll want to chase down…Plus we’ve some new releases from Devils Backbone and Zipline Brewing that sound serious as well.

AUGUST 27, 2015

Good Books – Sarah Hepola’s Blackout

ACB‘s Guide to New Books on Beer and Anything Else That We’re Reading.

Alcoholism is a subject that’s mostly avoided the drinks biz – but it’s one of the 800 pound gorillas in the room. We all know people who drink recklessly - who are victims to alcohol’s pleasures and pull. It may be one of the reasons that some are drawn to our industry to begin with. After all if you enjoy getting buzzed, the alcohol business is not a bad place to be…just sayin’.

Which brings us to Sarah Hepola’s Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, a compelling account of one woman’s “drinking life” and her very personal journey back from self-destruction.


The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - August 26, 2015

More Craft Beer Industry News, Gossip, and Innuendo

We can’t believe it’s August …So much has happened this year and it doesn’t appear that things will be slowing down any time soon. But no worries - Rumor Mill is always on the case, keeping you plugged in to all the craft beer news that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you absolutely don’t want to miss that.

AUGUST 26, 2015
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