Who would have known a funny little obsession with pumpkin beers would grow into one of the Northwest’s Largest Fall Beer Events? Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival started in Seattle back in 2005 with less than 10 beers in total. Nine years later, pumpkin fever is in full force, and the Elysian’s 9th Annual GPBF, as it’s now known, will span three days, with one six hour session each day.
Over 60 pumpkin beers will be flowing at any given time, with surprise beer treats, three local food trucks, and ice cream and fresh donuts on hand, along with professional pumpkin carving and of course – GIANT PUMPKINS FILLED WITH BEER!
The highlight of the festival is always the tapping of The Great Pumpkin, a giant gourd filled with a pumpkin beer of Elysian’s choice. Once tapped, samples flow freely from the great pumpkin until it runs dry. Of course, this takes about 15 minutes.
The full beer lineup will include over 60 brews on tap with additional beer treats announced and tapped during the event sessions. Elysian’s pumpkin crazy team will be brewing at least a dozen beers for the fest, and will fill the remaining taps with endless varieties of guest pumpkin beers from near and afar. You can sample everything from sours, to IPAs, porters, rauchbiers, and other rarities – all paying homage to the mighty gourd.
Expect to see Elysian favorites Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, The Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine, Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale, and The Great Pumpkin Imperial Ale returning, as well as new collaborations including a pumpkin beer duo with San Francisco’s 21st Amendment, featuring a Pumpkin Belgian Tripel with ginger and a Pumpkin Baltic Porter with Caraway and Cinnamon.
More details on Beer Line-up will be posted on the Elysian website closer to the event. To purchase tickets and more information, check out their Brown Paper Tickets site and the session information below.
OCT. 4 :: 4:00-10:00pm
OCT. 5 :: 12:00-6:00pm
OCT. 6 :: 12:00-6:00pm
5510 AIRPORT WAY S., SEATTLE, WA 98108
ELYSIAN PUB TICKET LOCATIONS:
Elysian Cap. Hill 1221 E PIKE ST., Seattle, WA 98122
Elysian Tangletown 2106 N. 55th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Elysian Fields 542 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104
Credit: Great Pumpkin Beer Festival