Elysian’s Night Owl: a bottle of autumn

When I pour a pint of Elysian Brewing’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale it brings back a flood of memories.

It pours an orangish hue, exactly how a pumpkin ale should look … like fall. The smell and taste of pumpkin and spices rekindles memories of sitting around with friends and enjoying a pint on the ever-darkening nights of October.

Night Owl was the first pumpkin beer I ever enjoyed. It was still very early in my beer explorations and I was taken aback at how interesting it was. Since then there’s been a deluge of pumpkin beers — many better than the Night Owl. It’s gotten so out of hand there is now a pumpkin beer backlash, with many people sick of the annual orange crush.

Elysian, which is hosting its 10th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival on Sunday, has since developed three other pumpkin beers: The Great Pumpkin, an imperial pumpkin ale, Dark O’ The Moon pumpkin stout, and Punkuccino, a coffee pumpkin ale.

I still love the original though. I purchased a six pack the other day, took it home, cracked the top, poured it and took a sip.

As good as I remembered.

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