This year the collaboration came in threes, first with Jamie Floyd of Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing blowing into town to produce Hopsquash, a pumpkin IPA generously hopped with Sorachi Ace, a distinctive Japanese variety. Next up was a trio in from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Together with Dick and Steve Luke at Elysian Fields they brewed Oiseau de Nuit, a pumpkin gruit brewed without hops but with bog myrtle, yarrow and roasted cumin seed. Last but not least, Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing brought his expertise to bear on Avant Gourde, a pumpkin biere de garde. (The annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival will take place Oct. 19-20).
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