Liz, a delightful person who shares my exact same taste in beer – strong, dark, complicated, malty – was willing to be my (Miyazaki-themed) date to Small Bar Logan Square’s Beer Nerd Halloween! So many autumn-themed beers, you guys. So many STRONG autumn-themed beers. I’m a little tipsy now.

Anyway, our favorite was the Black Note, from Bell’s. It was strong, an imperial/double, but very smooth. It’s a dangerous one, a sipping beer, to be taken slowly and consciously. We preferred the Southern Tier Pumpking to the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, but Liz says if you haven’t had Fisherman’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout (which you can’t get in Illinois) you haven’t lived. The Autumn Maple, I really thought I’d like it. Cinnamon, vanilla, maple, molasses, nutmeg, and lots and lots of yams – but it’s brewed with Belgian yeast, and I guess I don’t like Belgian style beers as much as I used to. Still, it was a really interesting twist on the typical pumpkin beer.

What about you guys? Do you have a favorite pumpkin beer?