Gee, is it almost October all ready?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by officerbill, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (528) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Seasonal creep continues
    Fresh Pumpkin beer in July
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    #1 officerbill, Jul 31, 2020
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  2. beer_beer

    beer_beer Disciple (317) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,050) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Yup, and it's been goin' on in the US for over a century*:
    * Nearly (but not quite) as long as I've been posting such quotes in the BA forums :grin:!
     
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  4. biiru_ojisan

    biiru_ojisan Aspirant (209) Dec 22, 2018 Japan
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    Just in time to start getting stale when it gets into season.
     
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  5. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Defender (625) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    I think I just puked in my mouth. Pumpkin beer has that effect on me.
     
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  6. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,361) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    That means we're 3-4 weeks away from fresh hop season!

    The pumpkin beers can suck it!
     
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  7. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,227) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    SN Celebration in 2-weeks!
     
  8. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,323) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Honest question- Would you buy that beer after October 31st?
     
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  9. Stignacious

    Stignacious Defender (673) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    Are we even certain that it's THIS year's Pumking, not unsold swill from the halcyon days of 2017?
     
  10. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,066) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I will buy Hacker-Pschorr Okto and Spaten Okto. I always used to buy a case of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, but no more. The Hacker-Pschorr is nice and dryish, and Spaten is pure nostalgia.
     
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  11. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (241) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    I’ve been craving some Hacker-pschorr Oktoberfest for the past few weeks, I’m sure the next time I go to my distro it’s gonna be right there next to the Paulaner Oktoberfest too!
     
  12. Stoutmaster9

    Stoutmaster9 Aspirant (283) Dec 30, 2016 California

    Haunted, wistful beer gardens. Dreamy season ...
     
  13. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,223) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Not if it were dated, say, July 14th.

    Similarly, I'd buy more Oktoberfests overall, including in October if they weren't dated from end of spring. But I am obviously/financially in the minority.
     
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  14. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (528) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    I thought the answer thing :grin:
    BB 06/2022
     
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  15. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aspirant (286) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    It’s been this way for a long time, same as it ever was, some things never change, etc.
     
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  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,609) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I recognize this is a tongue in cheek comment but...since Celebration is brewed using freshly picked but dried hops this is one fall beer that can not be a 'creep' beer. Unless some scientist learns how to accelerate a hop harvest!?!:thinking_face:

    Cheers!

    @SierraTerence
     
  17. hojo813

    hojo813 Initiate (40) Aug 3, 2018 Virginia
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    Pumpkins and beer go together like tuna and peanut butter for me beer wise.
     
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  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,471) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Rub it in jerk. :wink:
     
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  19. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Meyvn (1,446) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    so???
     
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  20. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,361) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I dunno about this years fresh hop season. Most FH beers are draft only, and with all the Covid restrictions in place, and possibly tightening back up, I wonder how much effort breweries are gonna put forth.

    Add in the fact that the Yakima area is overwhelmed with cases, and they've got other crops to get in, it might be an off year for fresh hop brews.
     
  21. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,223) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Not sure why there are 3 question marks (or one)
     
  22. Hophazzard

    Hophazzard Aspirant (296) Aug 16, 2014 California

    Not seeing the Oktoberfests around here yet but definitely looking forward to it. Particularly Ayinger and the Weinhenstephaner Festbier.
     
  23. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,050) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I never understood the concept of pumpkin beer ---- (wait, I can stop right...)

    I never understood the concept of pumpkin beer being associated with, and seasonal to, Halloween. Sure pumpkins are carved as decorations for that holiday but pumpkin pie (the obvious inspiration for most modern pumpkin beers - despite all the nonsense about George Washington's recipe) is more a Thanksgiving dessert in my mind (Christmas, too, for that matter).

    No kid ever got a pumpkin pie* while trick-or-treating...

    * But that would have been OK to drop into my "repurposed" pillow-case...
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  24. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,035) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    It’s one thing to want a festbier this time of year, it’s another to ever want a pumpkin beer
     
  25. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,066) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Yeah, I always used to buy a case of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin- before the plethora of pumpkin beers arrived- and would gladly sip one every now and then towards the new year.
     
  26. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,809) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Every year they start selling the pumpkin beers early and i just can't see myself drinking them before September. If at all a lot of times. It's just not the same since i moved from PA to Florida.
    Although, I do love me some Warlock!
     
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  27. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,483) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I like Warlock, too; however, I probably won’t be buying any pumpkin beer (again) this year...
     
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  28. OK_Denise

    OK_Denise Aspirant (228) Apr 10, 2020 Oklahoma

    I totally love Oktoberfest beers (well, most of them). The only ones I have seen around here so far are Shiner, Spaten, and Paulaner. Hopefully the others will start showing up soon!
     
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  29. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (350) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Pumpkin beers and oktoberfests can't get here soon enough. Haven't seen one in my area, but hoping to score some on Monday morning when I get off work. This is the one time of year I love seasonal creep. Don't care for many Summer seasonals. Love those Fall and Winter beers. But, I'll be crying the blues when Spring beers take the Winter seasonals off the shelves by February 1st.
     
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  30. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (528) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    July,
    90 something degrees (33°C :wink:),
    sun beating down;
    hey, let's pop open a pumpkin stout!”.

    Uhm nope, I don't think so
     
  31. eagles22

    eagles22 Disciple (365) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Cant wait for founders harvest ale !!
     
  32. dele

    dele Initiate (67) Mar 13, 2019 Massachusetts

    Saw my first Oktoberfest beers on area shelves this week. Really disappointed that even Jack's Abby has given in to the seasonal creep. Why not can these beers in August so they'll be fresh when people are ready to drink them in September?
     
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  33. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,664) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Have been thinking the same thing. I assume all the annual FH festivals will be cancelled this year.

    I'm still expecting to see a plethora of fh stuff on shelves and draft locally, but nothing like what we've seen in previous years.
     
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  34. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,609) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Amen!

    My favorite Oktoberfest beer every year is Sly Fox Oktoberfest and every year (so far) they have canned their beers no earlier than the month of August. I have yet to see their beers on my local beer retailers' shelves so it appears they are staying true and consistent.

    Cheers to Sly Fox!
     
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  35. teromous

    teromous Poo-Bah (2,715) Mar 21, 2010 Virginia
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    They're out much later than previous years in my region. I am guessing COVID-19 has played a factor in the slow distribution.

    Many years ago I questioned why they were out so early to my local retailer, and was told that it was because there was a need to saturate shelves early for both distribution and sales. They couldn't stock them fast enough before Halloween and after Halloween sales dropped off significantly. There was a rush to distribute and sell early.
     
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  36. Insomniac

    Insomniac Initiate (125) Nov 5, 2019 Canada

    I have a double kitchen sink AND a laundry tub, so will happily drain pour your pumpkin beers for a minimal fee. Shipping not included.

    On a more serious note, Ayinger is fantastic.
     
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  37. ichorNet

    ichorNet Meyvn (1,395) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    I must be in the minority, then, cuz I'll buy Pumking and Warlock as soon as I see 'em, every damn time.
     
  38. meanmutt

    meanmutt Savant (949) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    Don't care about the pumpkin beers, but Oktoberfests are my favorite style...so bring 'em on!
     
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  39. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,361) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    The Yakima FH fest was cancelled long ago, and I have to assume Hood River is as well.
     
  40. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,361) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, with the aluminum and can shortage, there might not as many on the shelves either. Glass is available, but not many breweries have invested in bottling lines the few years. And the mobile packagers are booked solid. FH beers might get bypassed for core beers, to help keep shelf spots at the large retailers.
     
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