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Top 5 After Hours Bars in Chicago

Most bars and pubs around the country close in the early morning hours, around 2 AM. Fortunately for the true night owls, the great city of Chicago has a few laws in place that allow certain establishments to remain open until 4 AM. We’ve compiled a review of the top 5 after hours bars that can fit anyone’s style for when you don’t want to call it a night during your weekend in Chicago.

Hangge Uppe

The Hangge Uppe is definitely a top after hours bar in Chicago that you want to check out when you find yourself in Near North Side. There are two levels with dance floors. Upstairs you’ll find the current top 40 hits, and downstairs is classic rock and roll. The Hangge Uppe is the perfect place for a rowdy night out, especially when it stays open until 4 AM on Fridays and 5 AM on Saturdays.

The Barrelhouse Flat

Maybe “rowdy” isn’t really your type of after hour bar experience that you’re looking for. That’s why you should check our The Barrelhouse Flat if you happen to be in Lincoln Park. This is a perfect place to take someone on a first date, as the environment is more ambient and trendy in nature. The whiskey drinks are rated some of the best in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to try one of their unique cocktails. Sit back and relax late into the night at the Barrelhouse Flat, which is open until 4 AM Thursday and Friday, and until 5 AM on Saturday.

Green Mill

If you’re looking for live jazz music that goes long into the night, look no further than the Green Mill in Uptown Chicago.  You can expect a wide range of jazz including bebop, contemporary, and improvisational styles. There’s usually a cover for the Green Mill, which varies from $4-$15 depending on the popularity of the act for the night in question. The Green Mill keeps it’s doors open until 4 AM on Friday and 5 AM on Saturdays and provides a memorable after hours experience for your weekend in the Windy City.

Emporium Arcade Bar

Who said you can’t mix your love of drinking and video games? Emporium Arcade Bar is the perfect place for both, with locations in Wicker Park and Logan Square. Come out to either location for unique game events and tournaments, whether you enjoy classic games (like billiards or darts) or arcade games. You’ll also find beer events and some live shows on certain nights. Get your game on through 3 AM on any Saturday night!

Underbar

The Underbar is a perfect after hours stop with a retro dive bar atmosphere. Patrons note that the Underbar is a more laid-back place that jams to 60s pop until 2AM, then switching over to smooth indie music from 2AM until 4AM. This bar isn’t usually as crowded as the others, so it’s the perfect place to end your night if you are trying to wind down and enjoy some craft beers or strong cocktails.

 

Find Your Closest Pokemon Go Bar Crawl

A popular augmented reality game has taken the world by storm, and now you can expect it to take over your local bar. Pokemon Go bar crawls are being organized at a ridiculous rate, to combine older players’ love for gaming and drinking beer. The game encourages players to move around their locality and catch all 250 of the original creatures. If you’re an avid Pokemon trainer, make sure you attend the crawl closest to you!

July 23 – Brooklyn, New York

There are actually two big bar crawls planned in Brooklyn this weekend. One starting at Spritzenhaus in North Brooklyn that kicks off at 1pm. There are at least six bars on the tour that should get you a big variety in food and drink specials, as well as an abundance of Pokeballs. Another crawl starts at the Barcade in Williamsburg that will hit six stops between 7pm and 10pm. Both pub crawl events are offering contents and prizes (hopefully store credit for Pokecoins).

July 23 – Atlanta, Georgia

If you find yourself in the Atlanta area, you’re in for a treat. Atlanta Bar Crawls is sponsoring an official Pokemon Go bar crawl that is promised to hit up the key spots in midtown. This event guarantees 20+ Pokestops on the trip and at least 50 lures for non-stop spawning. This might be for serious trainers only, though — the event requires you to purchase tickets (ranging from $10 to $25) to participate.

July 23 – Sacramento, California

Trainers and bar goers in the Sacramento area can look forward to a twelve stop crawl that is filled with Pokemon themed specials, starting at Barwest. Whether you order specially colored drinks based on your team at Blue Cue or save up to $2 off on select beers at Der Biergarten, you’re bound to have a great time.

July 25 – Detroit, Michigan

Pokemon Go players in Detroit should look out for the bar crawl that starts out at Checker’s around 6pm. There isn’t too much of a structured plan that indicates what stops the trip will pass through, but you can count on stopping at any nearby Pokestop to farm Pikachus and grab pitchers.

July 30 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

If you find yourself in the City of Brotherly Love this weekend, make sure you check into this Pokemon Go pub crawl. Sponsored by Shibbly, an app that lets users share locations in a newsfeed-style, you’ll find yourself on a trip around Fishtown that hits at least seven stops.

July 30 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Join the biggest Pokemon Go bar event in Milwaukee, starting at The Pub Club! This is another event that requires tickets (don’t worry, they’re pretty cheap). Included in your entry will be free WiFi, charging stations, and seven straight hours of lures! You will enjoy specials as low as $2 from different bar crawl venues, as well as free cover into the Red, White, & Blue after party!

August 6 – Chicago, Illinois

Join hundreds of other Pokemon trainers in Wicker Park at the first Chicago Pokemon Go bar crawl! Event details are still being in the works, so check the Facebook page regularly. Make sure you brush up on your Wicker Park bar specials for the day so you know where to catch all of the deals… and Pokemon.

August 20 – Denver, Colorado

Thousands of Pokemon Go trainers are ready to hunt around the great city of Denver for some great Pokemon and great bar deals at this official pub crawl. Be ready to check out some great bars in the River North area (just north east of Coors Field). Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for more bar crawl updates on the closest Pokestops and participating bars.

Best Fourth of July Drink Recipes

Step up your party, barbecue, or hangout with the best Fourth of July drink recipes! We can all look forward to celebrating the independence of this great nation by taking the day off work and enjoying some family, friends, food, and fireworks. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a few specialty drinks! 

Homemade Summer Shandy

One of the best July 4th drink recipes is a homemade summer shandy! This drink recipe is lighter than others which is perfect for spending the day out in the sun.

You’ll Need:

  • Your favorite pale ale
  • ¼ lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • Blackberries
  • Mint sprig (optional)

Crush a handful of blackberries into the bottom of your glass. Pour in lemon juice, then top off with your beer of choice. You can garnish your shandy with a few mint leaves, too!

Patriotic Snow Cones

Snow cones are an excellent after-meal choice and are extremely easy to make! You can make a twist on the classic dessert by adding a little bit of alcohol for one of the best 4th of July drink ideas. If you’re trying to be festive for the holiday, you can make these in red, white, and blue coloring

You’ll Need:

  • Ice, crushed
  • ½ ounce of grenadine
  • 1 ounce of blue Curaco
  • Lemon-Lime Soda

Start preparing the drinks by filling a short glass with crushed ice. The ice might melt quickly, so be sure to pile it high! Next, pour in your soda to nearly fill the glass. You can then add in your grenadine and give it time to settle to the bottom. Slowly top off the cocktail with the Curaco and enjoy!

Looking for a little more complex of a recipe? You can always check out Clinton Kelly’s unique take on the alcoholic snow cone.

Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Odds are you’ll be spending time with a group over the 4th of July, so why not make a drink recipe that many can enjoy? This “patriotic” sangria is the perfect drink to stay cool on a hot day and fit perfectly before or after a big meal.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bottle of Pinot Noir wine
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 1/2 cup Simple syrup
  • ¼ to ½ cup of orange juice
  • 6-8 ounces of blueberries
  • 6-8 ounces of raspberries
  • 6-8 ounces of blackberries
  • 1 apple, sliced

To prepare, you should make the simple syrup. Add ½ cup of sugar to ½ cup of water to a small sauce pan and boiling until the sugar dissolves. Make sure the syrup is cooled before using.

In a large pitcher, mix your wine, juices, brandy, and syrup. Then add your blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and sliced apple. Let the sangria sit overnight in your refrigerator to give the fruit a chance to absorb the alcohol. This is one of the best Fourth of July drink recipes to serve about six people the next day!

Blackberry Gin and Tonic

Another of the best Fourth of July cocktails is your blackberry gin and tonic. This recipe takes the standard gin and tonic cocktail up a notch!

You’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 3 ounces of tonic water
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 6-8 blackberries
  • 1 lime wedge

Using a shaker is easiest to make this recipe! You can start by adding a few crushed blackberries, juice from your lime wedge, the gin, and the simple syrup. Shake the mixture thoroughly, then pour into a glass filled with ice. Top off the glass with your tonic water and garnish with another lime wedge and some blackberries if available.

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail

There’s no need to worry about having any leftover watermelon from your cookout. Use it to create another of the best Fourth of July drink recipes! Try this Bobby Flay inspired watermelon & tequila cocktail that has a bite, yet is still refreshing.

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 8 cups diced watermelon
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 ¾ cups blueberries
  • ¾ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ¼ cups silver tequila

Start by creating your simple syrup and setting it aside to cool. Blend your watermelon until smooth and strain juice into a medium sized mixing bowl. In a separate pitcher mix your simple syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, and blueberries. You can lightly mash the blueberries to release the juices inside. Add your silver tequila and the watermelon juices to the bowl. Chill the bowl in the refrigerator until cold. When serving, carefully pour the drink into a glass over ice. If you like extra mint you can add more mint leaves for garnishing!

Image source: Flickr | Divya Thakur

Budweiser Name Change Raises Eyebrows

In early spring 2016, you might have heard about the revolutionary Budweiser name change. Next time you head to your local grocery store, you’ll be grabbing an ice-cold case of “America” from the back refrigerator rather than a case of Buds.

No, the name change is nothing permanent. The beloved Budweiser name will return to packages come this November, according to sources from within the brewing company.

Many have praised the Budweiser name change. Especially as we head into a heated election season, the self-proclaimed “King of Beer” takes a step toward increasing patriotism amongst it’s market. This campaign draws from recent messaging that Budweiser isn’t a beer that’s soft, it’s a beer brewed the good ol’ (American) way.  Others look at the change as a fun way to experience beer drinking in the summer. The summer season typically shows a higher spike in beer sales, and this campaign is a perfect way for Budweiser to break through as a leader for the 2016 season.

Others have not been so keen to accept the Budweiser name change.  Writers were quick to note that the beer giant’s patriotic efforts might not be as patriotic as they seem. Budweiser has steadily been declining in sales since the late 1980s, eventually being bought out by a large Dutch brewer, InBev. How can a European led company push so hard for American patriotism? Another opinion is that Budweiser is using the patriotic cans as a failing attempt to make macro-brews relevant in a beer market that is seemingly dominated by microbrews. In fact, most millennials claim that they have never even tried a Budweiser.

No matter your position on the matter, you cannot ignore the fact that this effort created a lot of buzz. A remaining question persists: Will you hold “America” in your hands this summer?

 

The Best Denver Happy Hour Specials You Definitely Need to Know

There’s no place like Denver, Colorado! Anyone who visits the Mile High City will want to check out a Rockies game, visit the Art Institute, or take advantage of one of the many cheap Denver happy hours that are available at some of the best bars and breweries in the country. You can pack your entire day with a variety of activities and events throughout the city, but you need to make sure you take some time to check out the restaurant and bar scene. Here are some of the most popular specials to consider when planning a day or night out on the town.

Postino LoHi

2715 17th St, Denver, CO

Postino is rated as one of the top bars in the Denver area. Of six Postino locations, this is the only one in Colorado. Traditionally a wine cafe, Postino serves at least 25 different bottles from around the world that are fun to drink. The wines are carefully selected to pair well with the food menu, too. Topping that off, Postino LoHi features a wide variety of Colorado beers, both bottled and on tap.

They have one of the best happy hours in Denver, as it runs all seven days of the week from 11am-5pm and offers $5 wine glasses and beer pitchers in-store, and they also offer $9 off wine bottles to-go all day.

Panzano

909 17th Street at Champa , Denver, CO

If you work near the financial district, Panzano’s might be one of the best Denver happy hour bars to check out. They serve award-winning Italian cuisine using only the best local ingredients. Be sure to grab your dinner in the lounge for specials seven days a week!

Enjoy drink specials every day from 2:30pm-6pm, including $4 beer drafts, $5 select glasses of wine, $5-6 specialty cocktails, and $5-7 gourmet Italian bites.

Terminal Bar

1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station), Denver, CO

The Terminal Bar has a really unique culture being located in the Union Station’s original ticket office. Terminal Bar boasts at least 40 Colorado beers in its selection. There are also many spirits available that are distilled in the Rocky Mountain State. Whether you’re taking a train to or from the city, be sure to enjoy their happy hour before you leave the station.

Terminal Bar runs specials from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday. You won’t want to miss $4 select drafts, $5 select well highballs, and $7 select wines and specialty cocktails!

The Fainting Goat Pub

846 Broadway, Denver CO

The Fainting Goat Pub is the perfect bar to catch an abundance of specials while you’re watching the big game. This bar has NHL Center Ice and NFL Sunday ticket, so you’re guaranteed to catch the games of all your favorite local teams. The Fainting Goat Pub is frequently considered one of the best Irish pubs and patio pubs in Denver.

Stop in Monday through Friday 3-7pm, Saturday until 5pm, and all day Sunday for $1 discounted drafts, $3 wells, $4 house wines and $5 snacks. If you’re looking for a late night happy hour, the Fainting Goat also offers $3 drafts, wells, and wines from 10pm-12am on Monday through Saturday. During football season weekends you’ll want to stop in for one of the best game day menus, which features $2 mimosas until 2pm!

The Hornet

76 Broadway Street, Denver, CO

Coloradans are known to be conscious of their food’s background before consuming. The Hornet prides itself in serving organic food options from it’s own farms and other local vendors. They aim to reduce GMO in their dishes and serve humanely-raised foods.

You won’t want to miss their discounts on dishes during specialty hour, including  pork tacos, artichoke fritters, and burger bites (all prepared 100% in-house), and enjoy select beers, wines, and well drinks for only $4 each during the day from 3-6pm and late night from 11pm-close.

Lola

1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO

If you’re in the mood for some pristine Mexican cuisine, look no further than Lola’s Coastal Mexican restaurant. The food dishes are inspired by various regions of Mexico, such as Oaxaca, Yucatan peninsula, Baja, Veracruz and the Northern Coast. Lola also features over 200 different tequilas, including their own house blend.

Many consider Lola to have potentially the best happy hour Denver has to offer. With $5 specialty margaritas, $5 wines, and a wide selection of beers starting at $2, there is always a fiesta to be had at Lola.

The Pioneer

2401 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO

Located right next to the University of Denver, the Pioneer is hands down one of the best spots to get a happy hour special on any given day. This bar features indoor and outdoor seating (plus a rooftop patio) and is lined with DU memorabilia. If you find yourself in the neighborhood stop in to catch some good Mexican cuisine and an ice cold draft.

The Pioneer has drink specials all day, every day, including $3 Coors Light Drafts, $3.50 wells, and $4 house margaritas. Don’t miss the brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm!

 

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Your Beer Glass Type Matters

Any beer connoisseur should know that you can’t get away with pouring some beers in just any glassware. Pouring your brew in the wrong beer glass types can throw off the experience by altering head size (foam), aroma, and even the taste. There’s no sense in wasting a beer, so consider these different beer glass types before pouring up!

The Pint Glass

Your typical pint glass.
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The most common beer glass that you’ll find at a bar is probably the pint glass. This beer glass type is perfect for most beers because the thicker glass holds the cold temperature longer than other glass types. The cone shape of the pint glass provides a wider opening that allows a thicker foam head to form and produce a stronger aroma. A slight variation is the “nonic pint,” which features a bulge near the glass opening. The nonic glass is supposed to help the drinker grasp the beer better. A pint glass is most commonly used when pouring a lager, IPA, stout, or porter.

The Pilsner Glass

A pilsner glass tapers off at the bottom.
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One of the taller beer glass types, the pilsner glass helps the beer maintain it’s carbonation longer and also enhances the beer’s aromas. The glass is perfect for pilsners, and some lager beers. You’ll notice that most pilsner glasses taper off at the bottom forming a stem. This may make the glass easier to handle, but ultimately means less beer per serving.

 

The Weizen Glass

A Heffeweizen beer with a heavy head.
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The weizen glass is quite similar to the pilsner glass, but the tapering at the bottom thins the glass a tad bit more. This beer glass type is perfect to show off the coloring of your beer, especially if it is cloudier than others. You won’t find anything else in a weizen glass aside from a weizen, hefeweizen, or witbier. Your weizen beers are wheat ales, rooting from German and Bavarian culture.

 

The Goblet Glass

A goblet can hold a larger volume of beer.
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The goblet glass type can hold a larger amount of beer per serving and resembles the shape of a bowl with a stem at the bottom. Most Belgian ales, bocks, stouts, and Imperial IPAs are best served in a goblet (or chalice). Essentially any beer that has a higher ABV should go in this beer glass type.

 

The Snifter Glass

The snifter glass allows for the beer to release more aromas.
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Not to be confused with a goblet, the snifter is slightly unique in how it holds beers with a heavier ABV. This type of glass fits perfectly on one’s hand, which should gently warm the beer to a pleasant level. Snifters are a special beer glass type that releases the strong bouquet aroma of the heavier beers. One could also compare these to cognac glasses.

 

The Tulip Glass

Tulip glasses allow for a thicker head to form.
Source: Flickr | Adam Barhan

The tulip glass obviously gets its name from the striking resemblance to the flower. The beer glass’ lip allows a thicker head to form and is perfect for hoppy beers (like IPAs). This glass also features a stem to prevent you from warming the beer glass.

 

The Mug/Stein Glass

The mug is the perfect beer glass type for a cheers!
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This beer glass is perfect to hold higher volumes of brew. You’ll notice the durability of the glass protects temperature and the handle allows for easy holding. The mug is perfect when drinking numerous rounds.

Identical to the mug is the stein, with the only difference being an affixed lid to the glass type. In the 1400’s, the stein was designed by Germans to help prevent spread of the Bubonic Plague that killed thousands throughout Europe.

The Boot

Das boot! The perfect beer glass type for any celebration.
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A more comical and novelty glass type, the boot also designed by the Germans, is perfect to use when drinking large quantities in time of celebration. The uniquely shaped beer glass comes from German military tradition. You can drink essentially any beer type in this glass, but lighter beer is recommended for faster drinking.

 

 

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Best Summer Drink Recipes You Can Make At Home

Don’t find yourself mixing something bland or overpaying at the local bar. Try out these summer drink recipes you can make at home that will impress you, your friends, and family!

Frozen Mojitos

One of the best summer drink recipes is a mojito. But why settle for a standard mojito when you can make it frozen? Food Network star Bobby Flay kicks up this classic cocktail by juicing two limes and mixing it with ¼ cup of simple sugar. You can make simple sugar by boiling sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Dump the simple syrup and lime juice in a blender along with a 10 to 12 mint leaves. Add four ounces. of your favorite white rum and two cups of crushed ice. Blend everything up until you reach your desired frothy texture. Pour it up and add on another mint leaf or two for garnishment.

Sangria Blanco

Sangria is one of the best summer drink recipes you can make at home, especially if you plan on serving a group of people. Sangria is native to Spain and Portugal and was first introduced in the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair.

Sangria can be based with either red or white wines — the choice is entirely based on your personal preference. A simple white wine sangria (called Sangria Blanco in Spanish) can be made by mixing one bottle of a pinot grigio or riesling with a ¼ cup of your favorite brandy, rum, or vodka. Depending on how sweet you like your drinks, add anywhere from ¼ to ½ cup of sugar. Mix in some lemon juice as well as your favorite fruits, such as peaches, blueberries, and apples.

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

A dark ‘n’ stormy is a quick summer drink recipe to make that doesn’t require much effort or ingredients. Simply fill a taller glass with ice and add a shot and one-half of spiced rum with three ounces of ginger beer. If you want to get fancy, add just a sliver of ginger root for some extra kick.

Tom Collins

For something on the lighter side, you have to try a Tom Collins. Jerry Thomas, a famous bartender from the 1800s, first curated this simple recipe. The drink’s name derives from “The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874,” a light-hearted prank that went viral in the eastern United States.

This classic summer drink is made by mixing a splash of soda water, two ounces of gin with one and one-half ounces of lemon juice. Add one and one-half teaspoons of sugar to the mix and pour over ice. It’s recommended to use a tall Collins glass or something similar for the drinks to settle just right.

Classic Margarita

You can’t quite get in the mood for summer fun without having a margarita (or two… or three). Start any fiesta with this simple margarita recipe!

Add two ounces of silver tequila in a shaker with one ounce of triple sec (orange liqueur) in a shaker. Squeeze in about one ounce of fresh lime juice and shake up the drink. Take a margarita glass and salt the rim, then pour in your mixture.

If you find yourself sweating it out on a scorching summer day, take the same ingredients for the drink recipe and add into a blender. Add eight ice cubes and blend up! You can pour your frozen margarita in a glass with a salted rim for the finishing touch.

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Anheuser Busch, SABMiller Merger Worth A Reported $105 Billion

After several proposals by Anheuser Busch InBev, SABMiller has accepted terms for a $105 billion takeover that will create the world’s largest beer company holding roughly 30% of the global beer market. The deal will face antitrust scrutiny throughout much of the world, with Anheuser Busch InBev facing its biggest challenges in the U.S. and China.

In the United States, AB InBev controls roughly 45% of the beer market through its Budweiser macro brews, as well as an increasing number of craft brewers across the country. SABMiller holds a smaller share in the market, but it’s MillerCoors partnership with Molson Coors Brewing Company holds a 25% share leading many analysts to expect AB InBev to sell MillerCoors off in an effort to finalize the merger.

Meanwhile in China, SABMiller controls a 23% market share through its joint venture with government-supported China Resources Enterprise Ltd, and AB InBev holds a 14% share, giving Anheuser Busch a 37% share of the 71 billion liters of beer sold annually. While AB InBev’s stake in China’s market would be significantly lower than in the U.S., analysts anticipate the Chinese authorities to be hesitant in allowing a foreign company to control over a third of the market, and could force AB InBev to sell SABMiller’s 49% stake in China Resources Enterprises Ltd.

The proposed merger comes at the heels of a craft beer revolution that sees independent breweries controlling an increasing percentage of the U.S. market (currently 11%). AB InBev has long been at war with independent brewers, buying up distributers across America and purchasing craft brewers such as: Goose Island, Elysian, and 10 Barrel. The new mega merger between the two beer giants would remove the fierce competition between Budweiser and Miller, and unite them against the budding craft beer market.

The sky isn’t falling quite yet for craft brewers according to University of Kentucky economics professor, Frank Scott, who says, “Despite the concerns from small-scale brewers, the merger might end up making craft beer more attractive to consumers — because if the merged company starts raising prices on Bud and Miller Lite, craft beer isn’t going to look so expensive.”

Only time will tell how the merger will affect the local and global beer markets, but in the meantime we can sit back, relax, and wait for the next Clydesdale commercial.

8 Great Pumpkin Beers for Fall 2015

Between whey protein and Oreos, the pumpkin spice craze has reached new heights with its latest vehicle, pumpkin beer. That is, if pumpkin-style ales weren’t already over 400 years old. That’s right, despite their recent resurgence in the American beer market, pumpkins have been used in the beer brewing process as far back as 1643 when colonists discovered that their natural fermentable sugars could be used in place of malts, which were scarcely available in early America. While the use of pumpkins in beer waned through the 19th century, the recent resurgence of the style harkens back to the beers our founding fathers drank and should be considered anything but basic. Here are 8 pumpkin beers that you need to have in 2015:

 

Ballast Point – Pumpkin Down – San Diego, CA

Style: Scottish Ale, ABV: 5.80%

A play on their Piper Down Scottish ale, Pumpkin Down boasts Ballast Point’s signature toasted malt flavor with hints of pumpkin and spices to create a drinkable fall brew.

“The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor.”

 

Cigar City – Good Gourd – Tampa, FL

Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 8.50%

With a pumpkin taste as high as its alcohol by volume, Cigar City’s Good Gourd delivers an ale that’s not afraid to treat the pumpkin as a vegetable and let its natural flavor shine above a bed of malts and medium spices.

“Bursting with real pumpkin flavor and yummy pumpkin spices including Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg, Good Gourd is a celebration of Fall and that spookiest of holidays, Halloween.”

 

Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale – Rehoboth Beach, DE

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 7.00%

Named after the annual Punkin Chunkin pumpkin launching championship in Nassau, Delaware, Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale delivers a smooth taste with a sweet brown sugar finish.

“A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.”

 

New Belgium – Pumpkick – Fort Collins, CO

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 6.00%

An unusual, but satisfying take on the popular ale style, New Belgium blends cranberry juice and lemongrass with their pumpkin and spices to create a tartness not found in any other beers.

“What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

 

New Holland – Ichabod – Holland, MI

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 5.50%

You’ll lose your head for this drinkable session beer. New Holland’s Ichabod brings together pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg to create pumpkin pie in a bottle.

“Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert.”

 

Samuel Adams – Fat Jack Double Pumpkin – Boston, MA

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 8.50%

Where similar beers often draw their sweetness from brown sugar, Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin draws its from the natural sweetness of its malt to create a hard hitting stout with a mild pumpkin taste.

“This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color.  Classic pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that’s deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts.”

 

Schlafly – Pumpkin Ale – St. Louis, MO

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 8.00%

Schafly combines a well balanced mix of spices with pumpkin and butternut squash to create a very drinkable ale despite its high ABV.

“Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.”

 

Elysian – Punkuccino – Seattle, WA

Style: Coffee Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 6.00%

Described as an alcoholic Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Elysian’s Punkuccino is a coffee infused beer mixed with spices, toffee and caramel malts, and subtle baked pumpkin.

“A pumpkin ale with the attitude of a world-weary barista, Punkuccino packs a short shot of Stumptown coffee toddy in your pint with just a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg.”

 

Terrapin Beer Company Launches The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA

(Athens, GA) Just when the world was getting sick of zombies, AMC acquired the rights to the cult classic graphic novel The Walking Dead and reanimated the genre for television. Set in Atlanta, GA, the new show follows a group of survivors as they battle their way through zombies and the often more dangerous remnants of humanity.

Now, it appears those zombies are invading the craft beer industry. Deemed as the official beer of the undead, Terrapin Beer Company has partnered with The Walking Dead to launch an IPA that allegedly “will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse.” The Athens brewery has described its new beer as “made with blood orange peel, and a horrific amount of hops” as it boasts a 6.7% ABV, 73 IBU, a blend of 8 different hops, and the ever so special blood orange ingredient. The new IPA is said to pair well with sweetbreads, chitterlings, and all other finger foods.

While this is not the first time a hit TV show has teamed up with a brewery to release a new beer, The Walking Dead’s partnership with Terrapin Beer Co. feels the most natural of all with their strong Georgia ties, and Terrapin’s numerous appearance within The Walking Dead (seen here below a collapsed zombie).

The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA hit the shelves on October 5th, 2015 and it is sure to delight craft beer loving fans of the hit series, as it will provide them with much needed comfort while watching their favorite characters fight for survival.