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Shades of the Season

We’ve arrived: fall beer season is upon us. While some breweries embrace traditional Oktoberfest lager and pumpkin beer styles, others have opted to push on through to winter themed ales. Look for Reubens Brews’ Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Roasted Rye IPA Winter Warmer as well as 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat, a spiced dark ale. So, relax and enjoy the transition from summer days to cool, crisp autumn evenings with craft beer and cider from the Co-op.

While the origins of Oktoberfest can be contested, many reflect on a time when Bavarian brewing was prohibited during the summer months, due to the unpredictable effects of warmer temperatures on beer making. The final batches of spring brew were made to last through summer, until the next harvest of hops. In September, brewers made batches of “fresh” beer and celebrated the bounty of harvest time.

oktoberleavenOktoberfest Lager from Leavenworth Biers of Olympia, WA – 5.5% alcohol by volume / 25 IBU – this medium-bodied amber seasonal owes its smooth, malty flavor to a large amount of Munich malt. In the classic German tradition, Leavenworth brewers add both noble Tettnanger and imported Tradition hops for an authentic Bavarian-style Oktoberfest hop aroma. Pair it with smoked meats such as the Pesto Pastrami from our new C•SQUARE meat market: CURED. Leavenworth Oktoberfest Lager is now on sale for $4.99 per 22 oz bottle.

ghostpumpLunar Harvest from Ghostfish Brewing of Seattle, WA – 8% alcohol by volume / 20 IBU – brewed with 100% malted gluten-free grains, this new offering from Ghostfish is made in the Belgian Abbey Tripel style. This medium-bodied, sturdy ale is spiced with a traditional blend of ginger, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander. Crisp Mt. Hood hop varietals balance out the sweetness and spice, keeping the beer refreshing. Pair it with candied spicy nuts, smoked Gouda cheese or a Chocolate Croissant from our new C•SQUARE bakery: Crust & Crumbs. Lunar Harvest is now on sale for $8.99 per 22 oz.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.