Pumpkin Ales are a Distinctly American Brew

Written by Kara Yorio for northjersey.com

America: Baseball, apple pie and pumpkin ale.

It’s time for the seasonal brew that is a distinctly American style, a domestic craft beer that, for some, says fall as much as colorful foliage or hay rides and corn mazes.

“It just ties into the whole harvest, fall, Oktoberfest time of the year,” says Hugh Cohen, general manager of The Office in Ridgewood, which has three pumpkin flavors on tap. “It’s a great flavor profile for a beer. A lot of people who normally wouldn’t drink beer will taste this.”
What’s on tap?

Area bars are serving pumpkin ales alongside Oktoberfest beers. Here is what some have on tap (note: beers on tap can change day-to-day so call ahead if looking for something specific):

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Brooks on Beer: Jack McAuliffe, Craft Beer Pioneer

Written by Jay R. Brooks for the Bay Area News Group and mercurynews.com

When you look at the pioneers of the craft beer movement, many trailblazing men and women spring to mind. But this weekend marks an important anniversary: Former Navy engineer Jack McAuliffe incorporated his New Albion Brewery, the first modern microbrewery, in Sonoma on Oct. 8, 1976.

I’ve written about McAuliffe before, but his brewery marks one of two major milestones in the short history of craft beer in America. The other, of course, was Fritz Maytag’s purchase of San Francisco’s only remaining pre-Prohibition brewery — Anchor Brewery, which dates back to 1896.

Brewery from scratch
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