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Mix-a-Six

By Suzanne Woods
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Dogfish Head Punkin' 7 percent abv
The No. 1 selling pumpkin ale at the Foodery right now, this spiced beer is well-balanced with hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. $2.65

Elysian Night Owl 6.1 percent abv
Welcome back to Philly, Elysian. We're glad to drink you. Based out of Seattle, this brew reentered the market in September and pours a true pumpkin color with all the usually suspected spices: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Each batch is brewed with 150 pounds of pumpkin. $8.95 (for 22 ounces)

South Hampton Pumpkin Ale 6 percent abv
"For maximum enjoyment drink under a Harvest Moon." In addition to being just as tasty as everything else South Hampton makes, the label also references a Neil Young song. This brew comes in a 22-ounce bottle making it the best value of the bunch. Brewer Spencer Niebhur says their take is supposed be "the ice cream on top of the pumpkin pie." $6.25

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout 6.75 percent abv
From Cape Ann Brewing Company in Massachusetts, this stout is a bit thin on the body, but has a nice roasty character. There's no masquerading here. It's definitely a stout, so go find a bonfire to match the smoke in the bottle. $3.15

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin 8 percent abv
This is Dan Weirbach's bestselling seasonal. It's practically unheard of for the Easton brewer's religion to make a beer that isn't imperial. Their website states, "If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!" $3.15

Southern Tier Pumking 8 percent abv
This beer is second in sales behind Dogfish Head's Punkin' and as close as you get to pumpkin pie by the pint. $9.95 (for 22 ounces)

Prices based on Foodery's mix-a-six discount

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1. lady3jane said... on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:58AM

“Suzanne, your beer nose is smart but your're a bit weak on computations. Southhampton cannot be the best "value" of the bunch. At your listed price of $6.25 for a 22-ounce bottle, you are paying more than for two 12-ounce bottles of Dogfish Punkin at $2.65 each, or $5.30 for 24 ounces. Less beer, better math.”

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2. Matt said... on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:46PM

“I've not tried any of them, but I'll keep a look out for some in the NYC area. Interesting how many people I've spoken to don't really like Pumpkin Ale, but would rather have an Autumn Ale of some kind, or even a German Marzen. People think 'Pumpkin Pie flavored beer = yuck'. I like it. Thanks for the suggestions!”

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3. Scott said... on Oct 22, 2008 at 08:46PM

“I've not tried any of them, but I'll keep a look out for some in the NYC area. Interesting how many people I've spoken to don't really like Pumpkin Ale, but would rather have an Autumn Ale of some kind, or even a German Marzen. People think 'Pumpkin Pie flavored beer = yuck'. I like it. Thanks for the suggestions!”

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4. Brian said... on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:19PM

“Your math is horrible, you have a pumpkin for a brain”

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5. Matt said... on Nov 19, 2008 at 06:39AM

“Suzy anyone can cut and paste beer descriptions into an article, stop phoning it in and try to write something worth reading. Get someone to help you since you apparently know nothing about beer.”

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