Hey, it’s Halloweekend. You don’t have time to read a meandering review, and I don’t have time to write one (the STL Hops blog and the Not So Professional Beer Blog’s “Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup” can give you more). Here’s the essential info based off my experience:
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale: This is my favorite I’ve tried so far this year. Nice, creamy body that’s robustly pumpkiney and a pleasing choice of spices.
Where to find it: fine grocers everywhere, on tap at Heidelberg, Shakespeare’s and probably others. Actually, Shakes ran out on Saturday night. Sad story.
Schlafly Oktoberfest: Not bad, but given a choice, I’d go for the pumpkin. It’s a lager; it’s a little hoppy, a little bitter. So if you’re into that, go nuts.
Where to find it: fine grocers everywhere, on tap at Heidelberg annnd…that’s where my Oktoberfest journey ended
Broadway Brewery Pumpkin: It’s a little lighter and a little more spiced than Schlafly. Still super delicious, a great contender for runner-up, AND you can fill your growler with it.
Where to find it: Broadway Brewery on … Broadway. Between 8th and 9th streets.
Flat Branch Great Pumpkin Ale: I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS TASTES LIKE! It doesn’t come out until Halloween proper at 11 a.m., but I’ve heard great things about its malty body and full flavor.
Where to find it: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, 115 S. 5th Street.
Boulevard Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest: I haven’t tried it, but my friend John said, “It’s alright. It’s a beer. I’d drink it if somebody gave it to me. Nothing special.”
Where to find it: fine grocers everywhere
O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer: I also haven’t had this one yet, but I do have a story. My friend Paige and I went to HyVee specifically to get this beer. When they didn’t have it, Paige threw a fit and left, even though they had perfectly good Schlafly Pumpkin Ale in stock. I think this is a testament to O’Fallon’s taste. Apparently, it still exists somewhere because she found some later.
Where to find it: only the finest grocers