Great Pumpkin Beer Fest – This Weekend

When you talk to Dick Cantwell about pumpkin beer, he gets excited. That’s a relative term, of course, but Elysian’s brew guru is a bit bonkers about ‘bumkin beers. That’s what drives the phenomenon that is the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill.

This weekend (Saturday Oct. 10th and 11th) The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival will showcase a variety of beers made with pumpkin. With 25 pumpkin beer to choose from, you will be amazed at the breadth of styles – pumpkin stouts, sours, hefes, and more.

There will be 9 different pumpkin beers from Elysian’s own brewers. The 16 other beers will be from breweries both near and far. Local breweries include Elliott Bay, Pike, Big Time and others. Non-locals include the likes of Allagash, Dog Fish Head, Russian River and more.

Make sure you are there at 4:00 each day for the tapping of the great pumpkin. Elysian produces beer that undergoes its final conditioning in a giant pumpkin. They drill a hole and the beer pours.

Here’s something you might not have known. This year Elysian is taking the GPBF on the road for festivals at the South Philly Tap Room in Philadelphia (October 18) and the Blind Tiger in Greenwich Village, New York City (October 14).

Here in Seattle, the event takes place at Elysian’s Capitol Hill brew pub.
Saturday, Oct 10th – 12:00 til 10:00
Sunday, Oct 11th – 12:00 til 6:00

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The Great Pumpkin at the 2008 Pumpkin Beer Fest - awaiting the tapping.
The Great Pumpkin at the 2008 Pumpkin Beer Fest - awaiting the tapping.