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Whatcha Drinking This Weekend: Battle for Supremacy Edition

This weekend it's pumpkins versus Germans for me!

Well it’s Friday, which means the weekend is fast upon us.  Last weekend Don and I were in Denver for the GABF, so I doubt either one of us will match our beer totals from a week ago, but I’m happy to say that my “Craft Beer Overload” has subsided and I’m eager to drink some nice beers.

I hit the beer store yesterday and loaded up on some goodies, including a Southern Tier Pumpking and an Avery Kaiser, which is an Imperial Oktoberfest Lager – that sounds like my kind of Oktoberfest!

I the spirit of my post yesterday, I’m planning to pit these two against each other, in a battle of Fall beer supremacy.  We’ll see which one strikes me and a panel of experts (my wife and my buddy Frank and maybe my other buddy Bob if he’s around) as being the beer that best captures the spirit of the season.

Really it’s just an excuse to drink two very good beers, but what’s wrong with that?  I might also break down and pick up some Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – I’ve had a hankering for whiskey as of late.

How about you?  Any plans to hit an Oktoberfest in your neck of the woods and polka like it’s 1999?

Is anyone brewing this weekend?  As the weather cools, I feel a growing urge to break out the bayou burner.

Any other special plans that involve fine beverages, good food and nice folks?

As always, let us know below and have a great and safe weekend!

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20 Comments on “Whatcha Drinking This Weekend: Battle for Supremacy Edition”

  1. Evan
    September 24, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I think this weekend will be my first brew in two months. Haven’t brewed since my wedding beer marathon. Going to try to get my new fall beer done.

    • September 24, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      I bet you were brewed-out for a while after the marathon, Evan. Wasn’t it like 8 beers in a weekend?

      Hope you have a great time and that the beer turns out how you want it to (which I imagine it will, unlike when I brew).

      • Evan
        September 24, 2010 at 10:38 am #

        Definitely wasn’t a weekend. Brewed the bottle conditioned belgians back in April, then did two lagers in May, Then my other four ales between May and the end of July. Even snuck a few non-wedding brews in there.

        • September 24, 2010 at 10:39 am #

          You’re a brewing machine, Dude. That’s all I know. I’ve had a kit of Bell’s Two Hearted clone on my dining room table for a shameful amount of time.

  2. September 24, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Hmmm. I’m thinking this weekend I’ll make a dent in my Sam Adams harvest sampler pack. Mostly interested in the Dunkelweizen and yes, see how they do with a pumpkin ale! (My only new pumpkin ale this year)

    • September 24, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Enjoy ’em Scott. Sam Adams makes solid stuff for sure. I think I’ve had their Pumpkin Ale before, but I don’t remember it 100%. I think it was rather subdued. Be good to get you take on it.

  3. September 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    The weather is starting to get alittle crisp down here in Memphis at night so I thought I would do a few seasonals Abita Pecan harvest,Saranac Pumpkin Ale,Dogfish Head Pumkin Ale,and the Silver Medal Winner Yazoo Sue,a beautiful Smoked Porter,and the latest Yazoo Hop Project # 36.Gentelman and Ladies Start your Grills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I love my job!!!

    • September 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

      Sounds like quite a plan, Steve! I’ve only eer had the DFH and Saranac pumpkin beers. The rest (especially the Abita Pecan Harvest and the Yazoo Sue) sound quite interesting indeed!

      I think I love you job, too, and I don’t even know that you do!

  4. September 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Ayinger Fest-Marzen. I don’t want any pumpkin or pumpkin spice beers.

    • September 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

      Noted. No veggies for the Texan. Why doesn’t that surprise me? 😉

      • Don
        September 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

        Well, you know Jim, even George Bush Sr. hated Broccoli. In texas if it isn’t beef or a tuber it doesn’t get et.

      • September 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

        I don’t know… I like me some jalepeno. Pepper beers are good.

        • Don
          September 26, 2010 at 10:52 am #

          You are right tex, I forgot the heat! You Texans do like your hot peppers. So there you have it…a balanced diet. Cool thing is that if you can’t find any hot peppers, gun powder will do in a pinch!

  5. Matt
    September 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    I think you will really enjoy the Avery Kaiser! we currently have it on tap at Freshcraft.

    This weekend i think i might get into absolutely nothing…might make it a sober weekend for once, i think my liver needs it.

    • September 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

      I know how you feel, Matt. After GABF, I was ready to start a spring water review blog!

      Have a good one.

  6. Matt
    September 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    ok i lied. 08′ Bottle of Jolly Pumpkin – Fuego Del Otono.

    • September 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

      Ha ha. Way to get back on the horse, Matt. I’ve had a couple of nice stouts tonight while watching Boardwalk Empire off the DVR. I realize now how much Prohibition must’ve sucked!

  7. Matt
    September 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    yea, you know..had to celebrate the beginning of Autumn with one of the best seasonals out there!

  8. September 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Don – celebrating yet another birthday, I started with (don’t laugh) Blue Moon Seasonal Pumpkin. I didn’t think it was half bad, clean and refreshing. I then moved on to a Ry(e)an Ale from Julio’s Liquor. This is a Smuttynose aged in Heaven Hill barrels for 9 months. Finished up with a Terrapin Sunray. After dinner we broke out the whiskey and enjoyed some Whistlepig, Green Spot Irish and a private bottling of a 17 year Wheater.

    • September 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

      Sounds like a pretty nice line up, Greg (minus the Blue Moon of course – just keepin’ it snobby!).

      The Ry(e)an’s Ale sounds very cool. Too bad it’s only available at Julio’s Liquors and they don’t sell by mail!

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