Great Pumpkin Beer Fest Bigger Than Ever

Who is excited for pumpkin in the summer?! Yeahhhh!! Oh, no one? Too bad, because the seasonal beer encroachment continues, and it’s time to talk about the ultimate pumpkin beer event, Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, taking place this October 3rd and 4th and moving to a new larger venue this year. EDIT 7/23/2014 Elysian changed their mind and is sticking with their Airport Way location in Georgetown and not relocating.
Reality is setting in…pumpkin beers, including Elysian’s 2014 lineup of four different varieties, are hitting shelves within the next few weeks.

Elysian’s flagship pumpkin brew, Night Owl, is brewed with over seven pounds of Oregon pumpkin per barrel and spiced with the classic pie blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice. Night Owl will be available in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles, and on draft in all of Elysian’s markets throughout the Northwest and beyond.

Rounding out Elysian’s Pumpkin Patch selection in 22-ounce bottles and on draft:

The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (2007 GABF silver medal winner)
Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout (2010 GABF silver medal winner)
Punkuccino, a spiced coffee pumpkin ale, one of last year’s popular favorites at Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival. Look for them in single bottles around September 1.
The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival began in 2005 and was held at Elysian’s Capitol Hill location in Seattle. Over the last few years the fest has grown in popularity along with the popularity of pumpkin beers themselves, and a few years ago it was moved to Elysian’s Georgetown production facility, which has a huge parking lot, dock, and warehouse space to take advantage of. Still, there were lines to get in and sessions selling out, similar to the GABF.

From Elysian’s GPBF announcement:
This year GPBF will be held at Seattle Center, right in the middle of it all. More than eighty pumpkin beers are expected to be available, including twenty or so from the mad brewers of Elysian and their collaborators. The event will be produced in part with local indie radio stalwart KEXP, themselves celebrating moving into more spacious new studios in Seattle Center. DJs Riz Rollins and Stevie Zoom will be spinning at the fest on successive days. Giant pumpkins galore will also be on hand, scooped, scorched, sealed, conditioned and tapped, provided through the joint efforts of Elysian and Krainick Dairy Farms in Enumclaw. Once again the festival will be 21 and over. Look for some very special brews from some breweries whose beer you may never have had.

Tickets Available AUG 1st
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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: