[Oct. 10 update:] A pumpkin-beer tsunami hits Pittsburgh this weekend. One place to start: Independent Brewing Co., which tonight -- Friday -- is hosting the release of a pumpkin imperial stout co-brewed by The Brew Gentlemen and Grist House Brewing. It's called Noob Gains, and it will be surrounded by other taps by the two local breweries. Brew Gentlemen have two more pumpkin brews coming out later this month.
Also tonight, Bloomfield's Caliente Pizza and Draft House is holding its annual pumpkin-beer tap takeover. Among the offerings of this "Pumpkin Palooza" are All Saints Hallowed Pumpkin and Arsenal Pumpkin Cider.
Blue Dust in Homestead celebrates its third-annual Pumpkin Fest from 2 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 11.
The pumpkin party is outdoors, under the Homestead High-Level Bridge, and features several bands and several food trucks.
According to the bar's Stephanie Dickson, the pumpkin brews you can buy -- for $6 each -- and even drink from an actual gourd ($5) if you like are:
Dogfish Punkin Ale
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Erie Johnny Rails Pumpkin
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale
East End Brewing Nunkin
Heavy Seas Great’er Pumpkin
Lancaster Baked Pumpkin Ale
Troegs Master of Pumpkins
Southern Tier Pumking
Southern Tier Warlock
Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin
Long Trail Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Church Brew Works Pumpkin Stout
Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Duclaw 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager
Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale
Alltech Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
Hoppin’ Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin
Fathead’s Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Elysian the Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Dark 'o the Moon Pumpkin Stout
Voodoo and The Brew Gentlemen also are bringing pumpkin brews.
[Oct. 9 update:] Also this Saturday, it's the third-annual Drunkin Punkin fest at Hough's in Greenfield. Tickets are $50 to each of three sessions -- 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. You get 10-ounce samples of more than 25 pumpkin beers and light snacks, as well as a voucher for a 32-ounce can of any pumpkin draft to take home (from October 12 to 25, and also included with $25 designated-driver tickets).
In other pumpkin-beer news, Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman, Ohio, last weekend held its annual blind pumpkin-ale tasting. (We previously previewed it, and Drunkin Punkin, here.)
Co-owner Phill Reda notes, "We had 64 judges, and it was probably the most competitive one yet."
He shared the results:
The 1st place winner was Stevens Point Brewing Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
2nd Place was Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
3rd place was Rivertowne Headless Wylie
Judges ranked the beers on rating sheets, on a scale of 100 points.
Steven's Point Whole Hog -- 75.18
Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow -- 72.93
Rivertowne Headless Wylie -- 72.73
Southern Tier Pumking -- 72.07
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale -- 68.35
O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer -- 66.06
Fat Head's Spooky Tooth -- 62.28
Ithaca Country Pumpkin -- 61.15
Shipyard Smashed -- 60.76
Harpoon UFO Pumpkin -- 57.48
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker Ale -- 54.73
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale-- 52.51
Rivertown Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale -- 45.92
Interestingly, that same weekend, the Stevens Point Whole Hog took third place, a bronze medal, in the pumpkin-beer category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale took gold, and silver went to Spiced Harvest from Old Dominion Brewing Co.
Blue Dust poster, top; Stevens Point photo