Happy Halloween! The gals of 287 Evergreen had quite a festive weekend. Saturday night Allison and I planned a pumpkin beer/cider tasting to have before we went to a Halloween party. The standouts on the list were Downeast’s Pumpkin Blend and the Evil Twin/Two Roads Pachamama. Pachamama is a porter brewed with sweet potatoes, purple mais, and chili peppers. It has a nice sweet potato/coffee aroma, and then the flavor is roasty, chocolatey, and slightly spicy from the peppers. So good!
I was most excited about Flying Dog’s Gourd Standard, which is described as a pumpkin IPA. It isn’t a bad beer, but I didn’t really think it tasted like an IPA. It reminded me a lot of the Pumking actually–pumpkiny, slightly sweet, and boozy on the finish.
Sunday we spent the day recuperating and watching Stranger Things! Have you seen it? We were a little late to the game, but once we started we couldn’t stop. Perfect spooky show for Halloween weekend! How are you guys celebrating the holiday? Any pumpkin beers in your fridges? Making yourselves sick on candy corn? 😉 Tell us, tell us!
I’m going to give you guys a sneak peek of the November Hops and Hocks Beer of the Month Club package! Not only are the beers all really delicious this month, they all have cool back stories!
First up, the Geyser Gose, the first collaboration brew from Evil Twin and Connecticut-based Two Roads Brewing Company. In 2014 Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin and Two Roads Brewmaster Phil Markowski decided to do a unique collaboration at the geographic mid-point between America and Denmark. Earlier this year the pair traveled to Iceland, and with the help of a local farmhouse brewery sourced local ingredients—Icelandic moss, rye, herbs, sea kelp, skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and birch-smoked sea salt to create a twist on this refreshing style. Geyser Gose is medium bodied with mild tanginess, notes of grass and lemon, and a clean finish.
Allison, Kristin and I split this one last week, and we all agreed it was refreshing and delicious. Maddy took a couple back to Virginia to try with Mac and Parkway peeps; can’t wait to hear her verdict. That’s right!! Maddy was in Brooklyn last week! We had many beer drinking Barley Babe adventures, so look forward to some good posts in the near future. Here’s a sneak peek: