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Welcome DuClaw!

This fall, we were thrilled to welcome yet another outstanding brewery to our ever expanding portfolio of world-class beer. DuClaw Brewery, the pride of Maryland, is committed to not only brewing fantastic, creative beers, but making the craft beer world just a little bit cooler as they do. Obviously, they’re a perfect fit with Rampant!

Like many other worthwhile endeavors, DuClaw Brewery started as a way for a guy to meet girls. Dave Benfield began homebrewing in college as a way to supply his buddies with beer and the female admirers he imagined would come with it. At least half of his plan was a raging success (reports vary on the other half of the plan) and he quickly discovered he had a knack for brewing.

After college, Dave took a job in the family business but continued to hone his ninja-like brewing skills in secret. He parents quickly figured him out, though, as he frequently smelled of spent grain, and mumbled incessantly about “carboys” and “original gravities” in his sleep. He finally admitted to them that he wanted to quit the family business and start his own, completely original, one-of-a-kind business: a restaurant with a small brewery inside that served its own original craft beer. An Alta Vista search (hey, it was the ‘90s!) revealed that this was neither an original idea nor a one-of-a-kind business, but that didn’t dissuade him because he had a fool-proof business plan to make his brewpub, as he learned they were called, stand out: He was going to make it cool.

In 1996, DuClaw Brewing Company opened its doors in Bel Air, Maryland for the very first time. Dave’s commitment to making it cool paid off as just a year later it was declared “Bel Air’s hippest establishment” by the local paper.

Since then, DuClaw has stuck to this central pillar of coolness through constant innovation and testing of new recipes, combinations, and ingredients. The results? More than 35 unique beers and countless variations and blends. Here in Ohio and Kentucky, craft beer lovers can enjoy three cool brews from DuClaw: Sweet Baby Jesus, Dirty Little Freak, and Neon Gypsy.

Sweet Baby Jesus! (Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter)

DuClaw’s flagship beer, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% ABV. Sweet Baby Jesus! finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!

Dirty Little Freak (Brown Ale)

Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% ABV Brown Ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.

Neon Gypsy (IPA)

This IPA, first brewed in 2014, is medium-bodied and clear with a thin white head and crisp mouthfeel. A vagabond blend of 7 different hops dominates with grapefruit and citrus flavors and aromas, accented by notes of pine, that continue to roam your palate long after its clean, hoppy finish. Disconnect, and you will find your way.

For Pete’s Sake (Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter)

For Pete’s Sake! Coming in December, an Imperial version of Sweet Baby Jesus, raises the bar again with its silky, full body, big roasted malt flavor and aroma dominated by rich notes of peanut butter and chocolate, subtle fruit and coffee notes, and a strong, warming 9% ABV. For Pete’s Sake!: It’s a whole new level of Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter!

 

For more information on DuClaw

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Your Guide to Winter Seasonals

There’s always some variation within beer styles, but there’s generally a distinctive taste profile that separates one style from the next. An IPA from any brewery, for example, will always have a hoppy, bitter taste that could never be mistaken for, say, a Wheat beer. This is not the case with anything carrying the Holiday, Christmas, or Winter moniker. Unlike most beer styles, these beers were made to be released during the same season but not necessarily to taste the same.

But this variety in taste makes the Winter Seasonal release one of the more exciting times on the craft beer calendar! Below, you’ll find the perfect list of stocking stuffers from Winter Warmers, to IPAs, to Red Ales, and everything in between. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses which were equal parts kick in the butt and hug, 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. It’s brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.

Anchor Christmas Ale

This is the forty-first annual Christmas Ale from the iconic Anchor Brewing. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. The tree for 2015 is the Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara), better known as the California Christmas Tree. As for the recipe … well, that’s Top Secret.

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s take on the classic Winter Warmer. Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, its creamy finish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.

Deschutes Jubelale

Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold winter ale from Oregon-brewer Deschutes. Intriguing, layered flavors unfold to reveal chicory, dried fruit and toffee notes with a hoppy kick to finish. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with any and all holiday celebrations.

Lager Heads Winter Mischief

Warm up the holidays with this spiced ale from Ohio brewer Lager Heads! The smooth malty canvas showcases the flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and local honey. Not only is this beer big on taste, but at 8% ABV it’s also big on alcohol so please, enjoying responsibly.

Mt. Carmel Winter Ale

This festive ale from Cincinnati brewer Mt. Carmel calls to mind the holiday season with scents of spruce and ginger, mingling with flavors of orange-spiced bread. It perfectly complementing a frosty evening spent before a roaring fire.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

This double-hopped Red Ale from Oregon brewer Rogue Ales is appropriately reddish in color with a roasty, malty flavor and a well-balanced spruce finish. We have it on good authority that this is what the big guy is drinking the 364 days of the year he’s not guiding his reindeer on the world’s most epic road trip.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Another offering from the master brewers at Rogue Ales, this IPA is pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate and finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness. This is the one time you can ignore your mom’s advice about avoiding the yellow snow.

Samuel Smith Winter Welcome

This winter classic comes from our friends across the pond at Samuel Smith’s in Yorkshire, England. Honey-amber colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma, and delicious caramel malt flavor with great finesse, Winter Welcome has a fine hop aroma finish and a fruity note from fermentation in open-topped stone “Yorkshire Squares.”

Schlafly Christmas Ale

This Christmas Ale from St. Louis brewer Schlafly is a warming Winter Ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt.  Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness.  Honey is used in the fermentation process, raising the ABV to 8% without producing too much heat from the alcohol content.

Shiner Holiday Cheer

This holiday Dunkelweizen from Texas brewer Shiner practically unwraps itself with hints of Texas peaches and pecans. Caramelized malts give it a uniquely rich, malt body that’s perfect for the holidays whether it’s spent in the Lonestar State or the Buckeye State.

Smuttynose Winter Ale

This Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow, and pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas

This regional favorite from Akron-based Thirsty Dog Brewing is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It’s the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

Uinta Yard Sale

This full-flavored amber lager from Utah brewer Uinta delivers a complex, toasted malt body and Noble hop character. With honey and caramel undercurrents and vanilla accents this lager is malty with light and hoppy notes that finishes dry. Yard Sale pairs well with earthy mushroom bisque, grilled lamb or pork, and even mussels and clams so plan your holiday meals accordingly.

Victory Winter Cheers

Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation! Hoisted high in its golden glory, Victory Brewing’s Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, this celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights.

Hoptober – Part IV

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

Missed Part I or Part II? Check out Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here.

 

Deschutes Hop Trip

Each year around Labor Day, Deschutes brewers high-tail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, they hustle back and toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. The reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. It’s something only Deschutes would take past the idle-talk stage. 

Buckeye Hippie IPA

The Hippie I.P.A. continues to be the best selling beer for Cleveland-based Buckeye Brewing Company. First brewed in the summer of ’98, the “Hippie” was an instant hit and has since become a Cleveland classic among hop lovers. Reminiscent of ales brewed on the Pacific west coast, the Hippie I.P.A. is big, rich in malt and, of course, chock full of hops.

Uinta Detour Double IPA

A scenic tour of hops, this Double IPA from Uinta Brewing is bright and bold with lively hop character. With four varieties of hops combining to step up the flavor profile, Detour is a hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character, venture to pair it with other spirited flavors such as those found in spicy ethnic foods.

Smuttynose Big A IPA

Brewed in very small quantities, this classic from Smuttynose Brewing has also been one of the harder to find world-class IPAs out there. Until now. That’s right, beginning in October 2015, Big A IPA is a year-round, full-time beer! Smuttynose will still be brewing it in smaller batch sizes to keep it as fresh as possible, but they’ll be making those batches year round. Big A IPA has everything you’d want in a double India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt and more flavor.

Anderson Valley Heech O Hops

Brewed with a heelch (that’s Boontling for “whole lot”) of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, this Double IPA from Anderson Valley has a palate pleasing bitterness that is carefully balanced with a full-bodied malt foundation.  With a deep color of polished brass and a nose that sings of pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors intertwine with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish.

Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

Beer begins in the dirt. In a bold collaboration with Mother Nature, Rogue Ales grows seven varieties of aroma hops at the brewery’s own farm in Oregon. They also string, stake, train, test, trim, separate, sort, kiln, and cool them. Brewmaster John Maier had seven varieties available, but rather than picking from among them, he chose all seven to create a proprietary palate for 7 Hop IPA.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Ales brings you yet another world-class IPA from the Oregon coast with this pale golden ale with a hoppy, fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate, Yellow Snow finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.

Hoptober – Part III

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

Missed Part I or Part II? Check out Part I here and Part II here.

Arcadia Hopmouth

This remarkably balanced brew from Arcadia Brewing has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

21st Amendment Back in Black

Inspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, 21st Amendment Brewery rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. This Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character of a standard IPA but with a smooth, mellow finish.

Anchor Liberty Ale

First introduced in 1975, this classic from Anchor Brewing is brewed strictly according to traditional craft brewing methods, and uses only natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water. The champagne-like bubbles, distinctive hop bouquet, and balanced character of Liberty Ale revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever.

Mt. Carmel Snapshot Imperial Ale

The color of something picked from a Georgia peach tree, Cincinnati-based Mt. Carmel Brewing’s Imperial IPA’s sticky aroma of citrus and tropical fruit gives way to a complex malt body of Pale, Pilsner, and Caramel malts all forming a natural bridge to a fresh hop, orange grove, tropical euphoria.

Rogue XS Imperial I2PA

Above and beyond your run of the mill IPA, Rogue Ales’ XS Imperial I2PA is radically hopped with an intense aroma and hop bitterness. Unfiltered and aged for 9 months before it leaves the brewery, this beer is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunt

This IPA from craft beer powerhouse Sierra Nevada harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Sierra Nevada’s custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle, makes for an incredible IPA experience.

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops in this Black IPA from Salt Lake City brewer Uinta. Dubhe is comprised of five hop varieties, a hop profile bold enough to shine through the roasted, dark malt character of this beer. Smooth from start to finish, its layered flavor profile emerges with rich and rounded toasted malt flavors, and is followed by a lively hop bitterness.

Hoptober – Part II

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

Missed Part I? Catch up here!

Victory HopDevil

The mythical Hop Devil resides in the lore of farmers but Victory’s HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious, it’s the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftsmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of the Eastern Pennsylvania hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.

Lost Coast Indica

A hoppy, full-bodied ale, this IPA from California brewer Lost Coast has a higher than average alcohol content balanced by radical bittering from Columbus hops. It’s then dry hopped with generous amounts of Willamette and Centennial hop flowers to give it a delightful floral hop aroma.

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA

This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. The brewers at Deschutes were inspired by the aromas and silence they experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from their brewhouse in Bend, Oregon.

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’

This IPA from California brewery Anderson Valley is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade hops. Hop Ottin’ is a showcase of bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.

Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies

Like fresh powder, this unique beer is a seize-the-moment thing. This year’s edition the team at Deschutes chased down Lemondrop hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington State. At harvest, they rushed the hops from the vine to their kettles in Oregon to ensure they captured the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.

Rogue Brutal IPA

This non-traditional IPA from the team at Rogue Ales has big citrusy, hop flavor and intense hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a vibrant lingering hop-bitterness that is anything but brutal, this staple of the Oregon brewery is the official beer of the Rogue Nation. Enjoy!

Smuttynose Finestkind IPA

A physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower, this IPA from New Hampshire brewer Smuttynose is definitely not a training-wheels IPA. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams hops is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as it’s bottled unfiltered. At 73.5 IBU’s, Finestkind is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that’s not easy to find. 

Hoptober Beers – Part I

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

 

Sierra Nevada Torpedo

What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became the latest hop bomb (in a good way!) from Sierra Nevada: Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature their “Hop Torpedo”—a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

This mouthwateringly delicious IPA from Deschutes gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and Mosaic hops. With a juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor profile you’ll think someone sprinkled hops into freshly squeezed fruit juice. Don’t worry, though, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.

Thirsty Dog Citra Hop

An American IPA from Akron-based Thirsty Dog that’s bursting with citrus aromas and flavors. You’ll find evidence of tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and mango in the aroma from the multiple additions of Citra hops. There is also a nice malt balance in this bitter, full-bodied, doglicious IPA that’s a citrus lover’s delight.

Victory Dirt Wolf

Victory’s DirtWolf is a tribute to the untamed hop vines which rise from the earth with the voracity of a “wolf among sheep.” Revel in the best U.S. varieties of hops, in their natural, whole flower form, as they bring a vital, pungent reality to the soul of a wild element in our dangerously satisfying DirtWolf Double IPA. Look for: Citra: heavy citrus aroma, fruity flavor; Chinook: grapefruit, resinous pine; Simcoe: dry, piney; and Mosaic: earthy and mildly floral, with notes of sweet citrus and spice.

Brooklyn Blast!

Brooklyn brews their beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England, so it only made sense to use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in this rambunctious IPA. Blast! is beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable, and oddly compelling with a minerally hop bitterness followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you!

Uinta Hop Nosh

Bold and refreshing, this IPA from Salt Lake City brewer Uinta combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile. As the name suggests, this beer was made for you to embrace your inner foodie. Hop Nosh is so big in hop character that it is literally a hoppy snack.

Schlafly Tasmanian IPA

Not your run-of-the-mill IPA, Schlafly’s Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Schlafly’s brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple.

21st Amendment Brew Free! or Die IPA

This aromatic golden IPA from San Francisco brewery 21st Amendment is brewed with some serious west coast attitude! Brew Free! or Die IPA starts with three different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone supporting the firm bitterness. The flagship beer of the brewery, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more.

Deschutes Inversion

Paradise is stumbling upon a whole flower hop room and inhaling. Deschutes Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without having a personal in with a brewer. Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Munich and Caramel malts giving it piney, floral notes with a well-balanced bitterness. This beer is for discriminating hop heads everywhere.

Check out PART II

Welcome to Hoptober!

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Each Monday, right here on RampantBrands.com, we’ll be highlighting the top-rated IPAs in our portfolio with links to their RateBeer.com pages so you can add your voice to the chorus of beer lovers. We have 31 exceptional IPAs that received a 90 or better from the folks over at RateBeer.com, so be sure to check back in every week of Hoptober to see the full collection.

That’s not all! On Heidelberg’s Twitter page we’ll also be running a daily #HoppyHour where we’ll be highlighting a different 90+ rated IPA. Special bonus beer street cred to anyone who manages to have the #HoppyHour beer on the day it’s featured!

So please join us this Hoptober as we raise an IPA (or thirty) to the little plant that makes the world’s greatest beverage possible!

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA Now Year-Round!

Originally a part of their limited Bond Street Series, Deschutes Pinedrops IPA is now available nationwide, year-round! This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. We could tell you more about it, but we’d rather let the folks who brew it have the honors:

 

 For more information on Deschutes:

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Ohio!

These days it seems like fall has become consumed by all things pumpkin. While this can certainly take an unfortunate turn (we hope you don’t have to attend any dinner parties where pumpkin spiced lasagna is being served), this is generally a good thing. After all, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, and, most importantly, pumpkin ale!

One of the stars of Kentucky’s craft beer fall season last year was the excellent Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale. It will be widely available in Kentucky again this year but now those living north of the Ohio River will be able to partake as well. So beer lovers in Cincinnati and Dayton be on the lookout for this fall classic!

While we pride ourselves on being good salespeople, this beer essentially sells itself. Of all pumpkin ales with at least 400 reviews, Schlafly’s has the highest user rating on BeerAdvocate.com and has an outstanding score of 96 from RateBeer.com.

Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

Schlafly beer is produced by The Saint Louis Brewery, which is Missouri’s largest locally-owned independent brewery. When it first opened its doors in Downtown St. Louis in 1991, it was the first new brewpub to open in Missouri since Prohibition. Today, its beers can be found in 13 states and the District of Columbia (sorry Ohio, you’re out of luck).

 

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Fall Seasonals Are Here!

Well, summer is coming to a close and there’s no two ways about it: it’s a bummer. We need to cherish the pool parties, barbeques, weddings, and vacations while we still can before the weather turns chilly and dreary. But fall isn’t all bad, because it means we get Oktoberfests, Pumpkin Ales, and all the other delicious beers that come out to help us cope with the demise of summer! Here’s a list of just a few beers that can help you turn that Fall frown upside down!

21st AmendmentHe Said Belgian Style Tripel

This beautiful collaboration between Dick Cantwell, the pumpkin king at Elysian Brewing, and Shaun O’Sullivan, the 21st Amendment Brewmaster who brought the world Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, began when Cantwell walked into the 21st Amendment pub in San Francisco in 2010. O’Sullivan had heard about Elysian’s pumpkin fest and suggested they get together to brew a pumpkin beer like no other: a Belgian-style Tripel brewed with pumpkin, galangal, and tarragon. At least, that’s how O’Sullivan tells it…

21st AmendmentHe Said Baltic-Style Porter

This beautiful collaboration between Shaun O’Sullivan, the 21stAmendment Brewmaster who brought the world Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, and Dick Cantwell, the pumpkin king at Elysian Brewing, began when O’Sullivan walked into the Elysian pub in Seattle in 1999. O’Sullivan had heard of Elysian’s pumpkin fest and suggested they get together to brew a pumpkin beer like no other: a Baltic-style Porter brewed with pumpkin, caraway, and cinnamon. Or that’s how Cantwell recalls it…

We here at Rampant think it’s best not to try to figure out who’s recalling the first meeting correctly and instead be thankful that this misunderstanding has led to not one, but two great pumpkin beers!

AnchorBigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

A quaffable, well-balanced American red ale with character, BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red, was inspired by a native California tree, its incredible leaves, its delicious syrup, and the best colors of fall. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, Anchor used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal beer with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.

Anderson ValleyFall Hornin’ 

With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, this pumpkin ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish.

Anderson ValleyPinchy Jeek Barl                   

Aged for six months in Wild Turkey barrels, this bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale is pleasantly creamy with a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. The aging process imparts notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak to compliment the tang of the spices and a hint of hops, all wrapped in a smooth, round finish.

Anderson ValleyBlood Orange Gose                            

Blood Orange Gose is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander. However, unlike traditional versions of the style, Anderson Valley’s version features liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation.  This imparts tangy citrus notes that complement the champagne-like flavors, creating a complex and sessionable ale perfect for any occasion.

ArcadiaJaw-Jacker Spiced Ale              

This spiced amber-wheat ale is a celebration of the arrival of Autumn. Using the finest malted barley and a small amount of wheat for mouthfeel, Jaw-Jacker displays a brilliant orange-amber color, despite the absence of pumpkin in the recipe. The addition of cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg (in the exact proportions of a family pumpkin pie recipe) creates a refreshingly spicy, seasonal brew.

AtwaterBlueberry Cobler Ale                     

It’s like a secret family recipe passed down from generation to generation, only the Atwater brewers made it up a couple of years ago. Blueberry Cobbler is deceptively complex porter that features bready malts, the dryness of fermented blueberries, light vanilla, and blueberry aromatics. It’s definitely strong, yet the flavors play well together.

AtwaterCherry Stout                

Cherry Stout is a blend of six malts combined with Montmorency Cherry concentrate from Atwater’s home state of Michigan. For those snobs out there who say, “I don’t like fruit in my beer,” this is the one that will change your mind once and for all.

AyingerOktoberfest

This beer will taste like it came straight out of Munich because it actually did! RateBeer.com’s top rated Oktoberfest, Ayinger’s Oktoberfest is a rich, golden colored lager with a slightly sweet, malty nose, and medium to big body and alcohol. It’s the perfect complement to traditional German fare like pretzels, pork, sauerkraut, and, of course, bratwurst.

BrooklynOktoberfest

Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style: full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness. It also fully embraces the style’s origins as a festival beer, pairing perfectly with the sausages, chicken, burgers, and roasted meats that you’ll find at any authentic German festival.

BrooklynPost Road            

Early American colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful, and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.

HighlandClawhammer Oktoberfest

Named for a mountain in the Southern Appalachian mountain range, Clawhammer Oktoberfest is a lightly colored, but toasty, rich, and full-bodied Märzen style lager, brewed with traditional German malt and the finest noble hops. A spicy hop finish and aroma balance out the abundance of malt flavor.

HofbräuOktoberfest                               

One of only six breweries in the world that can serve beer at THE Oktoberfest in Munich, it doesn’t get any more authentic than Hofbräu’s Oktoberfest. Bright golden in color, this lager possesses rich aromas of omelet and fresh baguette with a chewy dry-yet-fruit medium-to-full body and a long, sumptuous honeyed citrus and grass accented finish. Best enjoyed while wearing lederhosen, but taste great regardless of attire.

IthacaCountry Pumpkin                         

Ithaca’s take on the pumpkin ale is a medium-bodied harvest ale brewed with a medley of flavorful malt, pumpkin puree, Magnum hops, and a touch of seasonal spices. The masterful blend of 2-Row, Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, and Honey malt with Magnum hops balances the sweet pumpkin with an aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice to create a rich, malty ale for the autumn season.

Mt. CarmelHarvest Ale                            

From Cincinnati comes a fall seasonal that is neither an Oktoberfest nor a pumpkin ale but is still 100% fall. A homage to the harvest, this smooth, full-bodied and well-balanced extra strong bitter (ESB) delivers a memorable dry hop finish.

PaulanerOktoberfest Märzen

The beer that started it all, Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Märzen is an amber beer style that was developed over 200 years ago to celebrate the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Märzen is the German word for the month of March and became the name for the style because it was historically brewed in March to be at peak flavor for the Oktoberfest celebration.

PaulanerOktoberfest Weis’n                 

Brewed once a year to celebrate Oktoberfest, this golden Oktoberfest lager is the only beer served in the Paulaner Oktoberfest tents in Munich. It also happens to be the best-selling Oktoberfest beer in Germany, and they know a thing or two about Oktoberfest!

RogueDead Guy Ale                   

In the style of a German Maibock, this deep reddish amber ale is brewed using Rogue’s proprietary Pacman yeast and possesses a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor, and a well balanced finish. Dead Guy Ale is a modern day classic and has cemented itself as one of the go-to fall seasonals having won multiple awards including four golds at the World Beer Championships (2015, ’12, ’09, and ’08).

RoguePumpkin Patch Ale                       

Grown on their own farms in Independence, Oregon, Rogue picks their pumpkins fresh from the patch, load them on a truck, and drive them 77 miles to their Newport, Oregon brewery, roast and then pitch them into the brew kettle. Throw in some homegrown hops and barley and you have a beer that is Rogue grown from patch to batch.

SchlaflyPumpkin Ale                            

This pumpkin ale from Schlafly blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

ShinerOktoberfest

A festive Märzen-style ale that uses traditional German malts, this Texan take on a German classic has a rich flavor and a dry, moderately hoppy finish. This beer was made for stein raising, polka dancing, and pretzel scarfing. Extra style points for downing one while wearing lederhosen!

SmuttynosePumpkin Ale                      

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is a homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Like in colonial times, Smuttynose adds pumpkin to the mash along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original.  The result is a beer that’s not your typical pumpkin ale. As the Wall Street Journal put it, “This is the only pumpkin beer that rightly comes in a six-pack.”

Thirsty DogBarktoberfest 

The Akron brewery’s clear copper take on the German classic is very malty with a hint of caramel balanced off with a uniform bite of hop bitterness. Just like the dogs on the label, you’ll be barking with joy after just one sip.

Thirsty DogPumpkin Ale                      

Quickly becoming a fall classic, Thirsty Dog’s Pumpkin Ale is brewed with the summer harvest of five varieties of pumpkin grown by the brewery in its native Akron. Only the freshest ingredients are combined with the hand-selected pumpkins, producing a rich, creamy, golden orange ale that taste great all fall long.

UintaPunk’n                 

This organic sessionable pumpkin ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and seasonal spices. Malt and hops accented with roasted pumpkin and spices of the season and a subtle hint of vanilla and honey make Punk’n a wonderful compliment to foods with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove flavors.

Uinta – Fall Duo:

Baba Black Lager

                 

Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionably drinkable and pitch black in color. Available year-round as a part of Uinta’s Organic Line, Baba comes alive in the crisp fall weather and proves to be the perfect partner in crime with its Duo-mate Punk’n.

Punk’n

               

Most people tend to think of pumpkin ales as stand-alone or dessert beers, but try Punk’n with roasted turkey, squash or pumpkin ravioli. You can thank us later. (But it is really good with pumpkin cheesecake, too!)

VictoryFestbier                 

Friendship and camaraderie: the two keys to any festive event. That, plus beer. The perfect festival beer should be full-bodied, yet infinitely smooth. Seductively malty, but with a kiss of the hops for balance. This perfectly describes Victory’s Festbier. Painstakingly crafted from German malts, decoction brewed for full flavor, and carefully aged for depth of character. Gather with your friends for a festive moment of Victory!

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