Fallen leaves, pumpkins, and spiced rum

'Tis the Season. Portrait credit Kristopher Reynolds

‘Tis the Season. Portrait credit Kristopher Reynolds

It’s that time of year where people will be welcoming the scent of wet, fallen leaves, colorful trees, and pumpkin-scented/flavored products.

Perhaps one of the best days to welcome this season (or any other for that matter) is with good, old-fashioned intoxicants, ergo alcohol.

Fall marks the release of several fall-oriented seasonal beers and drinks. With so many to choose from, it might be applicable to hear opinions from a beer snob.

Let’s start with beer.

One beer released at the end of every September is Samuel Adam’s Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a märzen-style beer featuring five different varieties of malt. The color is a little on the rich orange side, with a palette of bitter smoothness; a good ‘go-to’ beer for those who are new to the craft or specialty beer society.

Another fall oriented beer is Bell’s Best Brown Ale. Featuring hints cocoa and medium-malted barley, Best Brown Ale features a soft brown coloration, and a palette that is just heavy enough for cooler weather, but not overbearing.

For those really looking to get into the October spirit, Blue Point Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale might be a good choice. Brewed very similar to Best Brown Ale, but featuring an extra ingredient in the fermenting process: pumpkin, obviously. The pumpkin flavor can be a bit apprehensive at first, but for those with a more developed taste, the ale is a fine addition to a slice of pumpkin pie.

How about those who aren’t into beer? Well, fear not, for here is a great cocktail recipe for a “Pumpkintini” given by an anonymous person under the pseudonym “Burke:”

Take one ounce of pumpkin liqueur, put into a martini or daiquiri glass. Add half an ounce of dark rum, half an ounce of chocolate liqueur, and a dash of cinnamon liqueur. Garnish by floating alcohol-infused vanilla whipped cream on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Welcome autumn and perhaps someone could add these beverages to their next Autumn-oriented feast.

 

Kristopher Reynolds

Staff Writer

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