Beers Of The Week: Greenport Harbor Leaf Pile, Blue Point Pumpkin, Sam Adams Octoberfest


It fall, baby, my favorite season. The chill, the leaves, the beers. It’s the most wonderful time of the year (sorry Andy Williams). It’s time for some heartier clothing and some heartier drinking. You can’t have pumpkin ales in July! C’mon, man!

I went to the distributer and came away with not one or two but three awesome brews. The first is Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s Leaf Pile Ale. It’s described as an autumn ale which brings you a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Fresh whole ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg gives this ale its distinct character. Fall in. (5.2% ABV). I have to say…I really love this beer. It’s all out fall feelings without going too far. It’s one of my favorite beers and I love Greenport’s bottle design. This is a home run and a must try. Get it while you can.

The second beer is another great one. Blue Point Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Ale is pretty much what you want when you get a pumpkin ale. Period. It’s described as a golden orange-colored Pumpkin Ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices to produce a delicious taste of fall. (ABV: 5.5% IBU: 26 OG: 1.061). This is another seasonal gem. I really don’t know which I like better…this or the Leaf Pile.

Finally, we have a beer that’s a little more well-known and widely available. The big daddy of craft beer, and now the largest American-owned beer company, Samuel Adams and their Octoberfest. This time…in a can. Sam Adams Octoberfest is one of the best Octoberfest beers I’ve had. It’s classic in style and body and described as their version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that’s perfect for the season, or whatever you’re celebrating. (5.3% ABV – IBUs

16). It’s a good one and the perfect one to try if you’ve never had a Octoberfest-style beer.

If you’re in the mood for fall and you want to hang out in the yard on a kind cool night in a sweater, shorts, and fire pit…grab any or all of these three goodies and you’ll be all in. It’ll be like you are made of fall and you’re finally about the start living for the very first time. It will blow your mind and make you one with the Earth. It will be the most spectacular moment of our heretofore useless existence. Or maybe you’ll just be able to enjoy a good beer at a nice time of year. Whichever comes first.

Let me know if you can check any of these out. You won’t be sorry. Enjoy.


To find out more, check out:

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.:

 Blue Point Brewing Company:

Samuel Adams:

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