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Leapbeer Review #267 – Great Pumpkin Ale by Longwood Brewpub

This is the first in a short series of micro posts of different pumpkin beers from Vancouver Island I’m putting into the blog. If you’re looking for a more concise series of blog reviews on Pumpkin beers I suggest either The Parting Glass blog. She’s covered ten different pumpkin beers so far, with more to come soon.

For me, I’m trying to keep with the Vancouver Island theme of my blog, and just cover the ones from here. First up from the VICraftbeer scene Pumpkin Beer, The Grand Pumpkin by Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo, BC.

I was absolutely shocked at how good this beer is. It has a very nice malty character to it, and a smooth ginger and pumpkin taste. Apparently Harley Smith, the Longwood Brewpub brewmaster, brewed the beer first and then added additional pumpkin spiced tea to the brew near the end of fermentation. It is worth stopping in and trying when you are around the area. Now that their beers have been spotted outside the confines of the brewpub, maybe this will make the export list as well.

Leapbeer #267 is Great Pumpkin Ale by Longwood Brewpub

Brewery: Longwood Brewpub of Nanaimo BC
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 178ml Glass/7.0%
Availability: Only at the Brewpub
Purchased @:
Longwood Brewpub
Webpage:
http://www.longwoodbrewpub.com/ (Beer not featured on their beer list)
Other Reviews: Untappd

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Leapbeer Fieldtrip – Portland Oregon, Day 1

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to pack the family up and take a nice trip down to arguably one of the craft brew mecca’s of the new world, Portland Oregon. Not only is Portland home to more than 40 breweries & brewpubs (as of 2011 per link) but it also boasts some wonderful attractions, and one of the most impressive transit systems I have ever seen.

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As you could imagine I was very excited before going on this trip. My wife and I both started making lists of places we were anticipating to go and see, both beer and family themed. To my initial surprise, it was remarkably easy to intertwine both of those. One of my first revelations about Portland came to me before even leaving British Columbia. A conversation with a fellow BC beer blogger, @BGCanary on twitter informed me that many of the brewpubs and breweries were minor friendly. In fact, some of the pubs even have special kid friendly menus & games to help the two areas coincide. Of course sometimes the people drinking the beer get a hold of the kids games and engage their inner child while enjoying the beers as well, (Lynn).

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