It’s October, which means that it’s time for the Lower Mainland’s craft breweries to come out with pumpkin beers. My favourite so far is Howe Sound’s Pumpkineater.
A challenger appears! It’s Granville Island’s limited-release Pumpkin Ale, described as an “untraditional ale” with a “unique twist”. Pumpkineater tastes like you’re drinking a very alcoholic pumpkin pie that’s also an excellent porter. Granville Island’s Pumpkin Ale, however, tastes like Maudite Light. You could be forgiven for mistaking it for a mild Trappist ale, as it clocks in at 6% ABV and doesn’t taste any stronger. It’s a good beer, but it’s competing against great beers and my local liquor store sells it (in 650ml bottles) for only a quarter less than Maudite itself (in a 750ml bottle).