With the onset of crisp autumn evenings, what could better complement things like hayrides, bonfires, or a vigorous evening of raking leaves than enjoying a spicy pumpkin brew, a classic Märzen, some warm spice wine, or even some crystal clear spirits with your friends? Here are ten ideas to help you get your Autumn on.
|Crystal Head Vodka
This one’s a (ahem) no-brainer for Halloween. Not only is this an exceptional vodka, it comes in an exceptional package that makes it an awesome gift idea any time of year. And how many vodkas can double as a decorative centerpiece at your Halloween party? Crystal Head is made with water from a deep aquifer in Newfoundland, Canada and a proprietary blend of specifically selected grains to give it a creamy and slightly sweet taste on the finish. No added Glycerin, Citrus oil, or Sugar.
To answer that question above, I guess at least two exceptional vodkas can double as a centerpiece for your Halloween celebration. Ghost Vodka – from our own Motor City – is resurrecting the spirit of handcraft vodka in America. Distilled from Michigan red wheat, corn, and barley, Only the most tantalizing ‘middle cut’ of each batch goes into every bottle. With its unparalleled taste, and exceptional finish, ghost vodka will make you a believer.
|Leelanau Cellars Witches Brew
It’s a secret wine blend enhanced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other natural spices that makes this a crowd pleaser and favorite of Leelanau Cellars’ fans. Perfect for entertaining, this wine will explode with intense flavor when served warm but can also be served chilled as an ingredient in sangria. Witches Brew is perfect for campfires, tailgating, or any gathering (large or small) on a chilly evening.
|New Holland Ichabod Ale
Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert!
|Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor. In 2008, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale took home a silver award at the European Beer Star competition in Nuremberg, Germany. In 2007, this beer took first place in the Specialty Beer category at the California Brewers Festival.
|Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. This is the perfect beer to warm-up with, as the season cools. Released right around September first each year. As the maker points out, “When you find it, grab some extra because it’s usually gone by Thanksgiving!”
|The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
The Kaiser once said, “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we’d all be “sprechenden Deutsch!” We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest – gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.
|Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Märzen
The origins of Dogtoberfest are shrouded in mystery, but scholars think it has everything to do with an insane German king and a crazed Oompah band. You can read the full historical record of Dogtoberfest below. Dogtoberfest is deep mahogany in color with an intriguing caramel finish and brewed with 100% imported German ingredients for a true German flavor.
This medium bodied amber lager elegantly combines a touch of malty sweetness with a pleasingly subtle aromatic hop character. Stoudt’s Oktoberfest is brewed from the finest imported ingredients in the style of the original German Oktoberfest celebrations beers. 24IBU Pair with sausage, pork, pizza, pasta & pretzels.
“But wait”, you say, “that’s only NINE ideas. Well here’s one more for you. If you stop by Main Party to procure any of these delicious seasonal goodies, remember to enjoy them responsibly with your friends.