The start of every new season can be exciting. But fall is by far my favorite. The refreshing chilly air, the crisp fading leaves, and the taste of some hot apple cider tells me that the holiday season is about to begin. It’s that exciting time of year when you almost forget about the cold weather that will be upon most of the country in just a few short months. But this year the best thing about fall, so far are the seasonal beers that many breweries release for a limited time.
Let me start by saying I was never a fan of beer. But with more and more small microbrews popping up, beers are getting more complex, giving consumers more choices with a unique combination of ingredients.
I decided to hop on the subway and venture off to one of the craft breweries here in Philadelphia, to see the beer making process in action. Yard’s brewery is one of Philadelphia’s more unique establishments. It was started in 1988 by two college friends, Tome Kehoe and Jon Bovit, who were sick of spending the small amount of extra money they had as college students, on cheap beer. So they started brewing their own. Then, after growing and sharing their product with friends, family, and other members of the public they started making bigger batches to be sold.
I took their tour on a Saturday afternoon with what seemed like the rest of the city. I walked around the brewery with a flock of other people sipping some of their signature brews alongside a new seasonal collection. Nowadays brewery tours are not a well-kept secret but it’s a great way to try some new beers for free.
This time of year is when the more mainstream beer companies come out with their seasonal beers such as, pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and other tempting and often spicy combinations.
Hopefully I can get my hands on some of The Bruery’s Autumn Maple beer. It’s brewed with 17lbs of sweet potatoes per barrel then cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple sugar join the party. It’s their Californian twist on the traditional pumpkin beer and I have heard it’s mighty tasty! So this fall branch out and try at least one new pumpkin flavored beverage this season.
Julie Kovaleski is currently an Advertising student at Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. Once employed by Mickey Mouse, she enjoys traveling, art, photography, a good glass of wine, and learning about other cultures and languages. When she is not working at PYT, shelling out some of America’s craziest burgers, she is jet setting around the country for her own personal blog.