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here is the podcast of my beer column last week
talking and tasting pumpkin beers with stephen quinn

and one from back in the summer with michelle eliot
talking about crafty vs craft beers

and from the website:

Pumpkin beers flood the shelves for fall

On the Coast's beer columnist has four picks to ring in the season

By On The Coast, CBC NewsPosted: Oct 17, 2014 11:58 AM PTLast Updated: Oct 17, 2014 11:58 AM PT
Beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says there's a lot of variety amongst pumpkin beers.
Beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says there's a lot of variety amongst pumpkin beers. (CBC)
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In the same way that some retailers have jumped the gun on Christmas and are now stocking egg nog in their coolers, pumpkin beers have been on the shelves of your beer store since the end of August.
On The Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says a typical pumpkin beer is a mild ale, with little to no bitterness and a malty backbone, but she says there's a lot of variety among the beers themselves.

"Some brewers opt to actually add hand-cut pumpkins and drop them into the mash, while others use a puree or just pumpkin spices to evoke that flavour," said Whyman.
Whyman shared four of her picks from local breweries:
On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman brought a sampling of local pumpkin beers into studio. (Stephen Quinn/CBC)
Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
This light ale is golden in colour, and combines fresh pumpkin with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
"It is pretty light in the spices, they're not hitting you over the head with those," said Whyman.
Central City Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
This beer is slightly darker in colour than the Crooked Tooth. It uses Munich, Pale, Caravienne and CaraMunich malts. Using German pearl hops, it's also more bitter than the other beers on this list, at 40 International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. Like the Crooked Tooth, it uses real pumpkin with spices.

Steamworks Pumpkin Ale
This pumpkin ale is a bit stronger, at six per cent, and the nutmeg flavour is stronger than in the other beers. It's spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, and each batch uses 100 pounds of local pumpkin mash.
Granville Island Brewing The Pumpkining
The Pumpkining is 6.66 per cent alcohol. It's light in colour, and the spices are more subtle than other beers.
"I wouldn't recognize this as pumpkin beer, but it does have a little bit of a vegetable kind of flavour ... which would probably be the real pumpkin," commented On The Coast host Stephen Quinn when he tried a sip.


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