So Long Summer. Welcome Autumn.

by Renee on September 22, 2010

As we say so long to summer, I have to ask, what did you enjoy drinking when you picked up an ice cold beer this year? Sam Adams Summer Ale has long been a regular order in the heat of the day, and this year I also tried and enjoyed the Great Lakes Brewing Company’s The Wright Pils. But one of the biggest finds this season came with a trip to a local winery. Yes, on a trip to Madison, Ohio, inside Debonne Vineyards we discovered Cellar Rats Brewery, right on the premises! I have to admit, I like their beer a lot more than their wines. In fact, I picked up a growler of their Rat Pack Lager just the other day at my local beer specialty store. I believe that will be what I have tonight as I toast farewell to summer 2010.

Meanwhile, I’m ready for fall. I love jeans and sweater weather, the crunch of red and yellow leaves underfoot, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air. I’ve already jumped ahead of myself and tried the fall offering from Sierra Nevada, the Tumbler Ale. Oh my. Love this one. Add it to a pot of chili as it simmers, and then sip along with it–a perfect pairing while cheering on your favorite college football team some Saturday. Another beer that I know is going to be a fall favorite of mine is the Southern Tier Imperial Pumking. I had a taste today, and man–that is autumn in a bottle. If someone is handing out treats this October, that’s what I want in my sack. How about you?

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Bob September 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I was just gifted a six pack of Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Last year I loved Founder’s Harvest Ale, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in Cleveland as of yet.

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Renee September 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I should do a post about pumpkin ales–as many kinds as I can find–sometime in October. I love trying all the different ones. I have the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale in my fridge right now. Southern Tier’s is still my favorite at the moment. Thanks for stopping by, Bob!

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Gen October 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Stopped at Chop House in Cleveland’s Warehouse district last week and tried their Pumpkin Ale. It was great. Very cinnamony and pumpkin flavored. As I’m writing this I’m thinking I’ll have to stop and pick up a growler, as it’s right next to my office. Love the blog – keep up the good work!

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Renee October 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

I’ve been to the Chop House once, I need to get back. I know they have an event or two going on during Beer Week!

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