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3 Pumpkin Craft Beers Perfect for October

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Holy pumpkin, Batman! It’s that time of year again, when the great pumpkin takes over our food, coffee…and our beer! In addition to our extensive craft beer list, we’ve included some of our favorite pumpkin brews. Here are three recommended pumpkin beers for celebrating the fall, October and Halloween!

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin Ale, 8% ABV

This local microbrewery goes all out with it’s seasonal pumpkin craft beer! Brewed with pumpkin and butternut squash, this craft beer is sure to be perfect for howling at that Halloween moon. Feel the full embodiment of pumpkin pie and the harvest spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with a slight hint of whipped cream on the back end. In addition to the pumpkin spice flavors, brown sugar and caramel dally in the middle of this medium-bodied brew. Like most Schlafly craft beers, it is easy to drink and very consistent. It’s high ABV seems nearly nonexistent under its big pumpkin taste!

Learn more about Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale here.

Southern Tier Pumking

Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 8.6% ABV

Crowning itself king of pumpkin beer, the Southern Tier Pumking is considerably the sweetest and most akin to actually eating a pumpkin pie of our featured pumpkin craft beers. Southern Tier does a great job of developing a complex ale. Moderately carbonated with the strong smell of pumpkin spice, Pumking has a slight bitterness in the finish. The deep roasted pumpkin overtone and the taste of pumpkin pie crust proves that Southern Tier is not trying to hide their pumpkin flavor!

Learn more about Southern Tier Pumking here.

Charleville Witch’s Brew’mmm

Belgian-style Pumpkin Ale, 7% ABV

Perhaps the most unique of these three craft beers is the Charleville Witch’s Brew’mmm, which is brewed straight out of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. Witch’s Brew’mmm is a Belgian-style ale brewed with pumpkin and spices. Not a traditional pumpkin pie-flavored beer, this ale highlights the pumpkin gourd instead of the spice itself and perhaps even finishes its spiciness with a very subtle hint of a tart lemon. The pumpkin flavors get stronger as the craft beer warms and the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg nicely rise from its slight carbonation.

Cheers!

3 Craft Beers You Must Try this Fall

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Looking for the top craft beer selection in St. Louis for fall? As the seasons change, so do the best microbrews! At 21st Street Brewer’s Bar, we celebrate St. Louis’ brewing history by offering an extensive craft beer list centered around St. Louis breweries, as well as, microbrews from around the country. Here are our craft beer recommendations for ushering in the cool weather.

Left Hand Oktoberfest (available through Oct 4)

Marzen Lager, 6.6% ABV

This traditional Oktoberfest won’t be around for long! Consistently copper in color with gentle rays of orange, this creamy lager can be summed up in two words: caramel and malt. A strong biscuit malt of with a heavy dose of caramel sweetness dominates the palate upfront, while a hint of nuttiness lingers on the backend. Slight spices dally in the middle with a semi-dry finish. Smooth and with high drinkability, this craft beer will have you ushering in the cool weather!

Learn more about Left Hand’s Oktoberfest here: http://lefthandbrewing.com/beers/oktoberfest/

Schlafly Hard Cider

Fruit Cider, 7.2% ABV

A good cider treads the line sweet versus tart. The one that walks this line as a walker on a tightrope is sure to be a winner. Find this ideal balance in local craft beer mogul Schlafly’s Hard Cider. The aroma is reminiscent of apples and white wine, while its medium to light body and gentle carbonation is more comparable to a champagne. Apple tart and crisp with a dry finish, it packs a big punch at 7.2% ABV.

Learn more about this St. Louis craft cider and Schlafly here: http://schlafly.com/beers/styles/hard-apple-cider/

Urban Chestnut Bushelhead

Common Cider, 7.2% ABV

Why bob for apples when you can order a Bushelhead Cider from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company? Pours a clear golden giving you the instant gratification of a cider in hand. Bushelhead gives you exactly what you are looking, apples on the nose and apples in taste (what else would you expect from a hard apple cider?)! The right balance of tart and sweet apples sit nicely in its gentle carbonation. A bit of yeast keeps it slightly drier. Expect a big apple punch not only in flavor, but also in alcohol content – Bushelheads stands strong at a 7.2% ABV.

Learn more about this St. Louis craft cider and Urban Chestnut Brewer here: http://urbanchestnut.com/our-beers/bushelhead/

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