Summer is ON but fall will soon be coming and American craft brewers are addressing things with intriguing new beers you’re gonna want to have around.
Just Gordgeous (Charlotte, NC) – With temperatures nearing 100 degrees this weekend on the East Coast, covering new fall releases does seem la bit of a stretch, but things will be changing soon enough and NoDa Brewing has the right beer. An award-winning beer which took home the gold at the 2018 and 2020 Great American Beer Festival, NoDa Gordgeous is a balanced medium-bodied 6.6% ABV Pumpkin Ale crafted using real pumpkin puree, complemented by brown sugar, ginger root and meticulously hand-cracked allspice, cloves and cardamom. Over 4,000 pounds of pureed pumpkin went into this year’s batch!
“Most pumpkin ales on the market are actually pumpkin spiced ales overloaded with cinnamon and nutmeg, which is why so many resemble pumpkin pie instead of beer,” explains Chad Henderson, co-owner and head brewer of NoDa. “From the jump, NoDa aimed to create a true ale, which led us to incorporate pureed pumpkins into our process. We often hear from people who have been turned off by artificial-tasting pumpkin ales in the past. When they taste Gordgeous, they discover a nuanced pumpkin flavor they enjoy.”
Allagash Curieux Looks To California (Portland, ME) – For the first time ever, Maine-based Allagash Brewing will offer an award-winning classic in the Golden State. Available in August in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, Allagash Curieux is a 10.2% Barrel-Aged Golden Ale with signature notes of vanilla, caramel, oak, and hint of bourbon.
Curieux is brewed by aging Allagash Tripel Ale in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for approximately seven weeks—before blending that barrel-aged beer with a portion of fresh Tripel. The result is a complex and multi-faceted ale with a crisp, dry finish.
“We’ve made hundreds of beers over the years, but there’s something about Curieux that inspires a whole other level of dedication and passion,” said Rob Tod, Founder, Allagash. ”It remains our most popular barrel-aged beer nearly 20 years after we first created it through curiosity and experimentation.”
Beer Fest Best (White Plains, NY) – When it comes to the best Oktoberfest beers one has to look to Munich, home to the original Oktoberfest celebration. For over 100 years, the Märzen style (a full-bodied malt-rich lager) ruled Munich’s Oktoberfest. But In 1990, festival organizers realized that modern tastes were changing and that festival-goers were asking for something lighter.
And Paulaner USA offers that hoppier take on the Oktoberfest tradition. Paulaner’s No. 1 export beer in over 30 countries, Paulaner Original Munich Lager is a 4.9% ABV Helles-Style bier with the perfect balance of malty character and the light bitterness.
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