Featured Beer #18 – Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale

A Beer to Supplement Your Thanksgiving Gluttony

Once again, I find myself delaying VHT until it becomes VHF.

I first did this two weeks ago and told you it was temporary.  Turns out it wasn’t as temporary as I thought.  I had my reason for the delay two weeks ago, just like I do now.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I hope you had a good one by the way.  I had Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale with my meal, which in turn enhanced my holiday all the way around!

"Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie"

A little pumpkin pie, a little pumpkin beer. Too much pumpkin? For one day, I say no.

When it comes to holidays and family gatherings, I really worry about people that don’t drink.  Some type of alcohol, I mean.  To willingly gather with distant family members, close family members and possibly in-laws, isn’t drinking a requirement?  There are not many that can stand in the pocket with all of those people in one confined space and not say to themselves:

Self: If I don’t get drunk, and like quick, I’m going to choke these people out.

Perhaps you’re an overjoyed member of one of those close-knit families and choking someone out is the last thought you’d have.  Even though that makes me a little nauseous, good for you I guess.

There’s certainly no reason you can’t drink anyway.

Thanksgiving is a holiday reserved for drinking, much like President’s Day and Flag Day are.  It is your duty, both as an American and a living, breathing human being, to partake.  This year, I planned my day of drinking out beforehand.

That’s what type of drinker I am.

Now, I didn’t get too stringent with my drinking schedule because that’s not my style.  I ordered the Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale online, well, two of them actually, knowing full well I was going to drink them on Thanksgiving to go along with my pumpkin pie.  Once consumed, I was just going to continue to drink whatever I could find in the fridge.
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I told you, nothing too stringent.

Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale

Hey, another beer from Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon.  We’ll be checking out beers from them quite a bit, because I love them.  With nearly 40 different beers to choose from, their variety is outstanding and if you start trying some of these beers from Rogue, you’ll find something you love too.  Their Chatoe series is a unique venture for craft beers in that every ingredient these beers are comprised of are not ordered but rather are planted and harvested by Rogue.

"Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale"

Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale in a 22 oz. bottle. Surrounded by holiday decorations, because my wife likes to decorate. I just like to drink.

The Chatoe series carries an acronym of GYO, which stands for Grow Your Own, and for these beers that’s exactly what they do.  For instance, a lot of pumpkin flavored beers use artificial pumpkin flavoring.  Pumpkin Patch Ale uses real pumpkins grown on Rogue’s farms.  They’re planted, picked, roasted and then thrown in the brew kettle.  The end result?  The best pumpkin flavored beer I’ve ever had, although admittedly, I’ve only had a handful.

Now for me, just like any beer that’s flavored with fruit, I’m not consuming a 12 pack of pumpkin flavored beer.  My taste buds will start craving a stout or a porter, but, I can drink four of them, or two large 22 oz. bottles.  This beer is balanced very well so you know you’re drinking beer with natural pumpkin flavor as opposed to pumpkin juice.

Pumpkin juice just sounds disgusting, right?

This was the first Thanksgiving where it was only my wife and I.  No distant family, no close family, no in-laws and therefore no wanting to choke anyone.  Well, my wife was on thin ice for a minute there, but then I thought to myself:

Self: Hey man, you got beer here.  Pumpkin beer and then a whole bunch of other shit.  She’s alright, for the most part.  Why not be thankful for the times when she’s alright and get drunk the times when she’s not, so then you can be thankful for beer?

I worked that all out in my head, and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?  To think, then drink, and then if you have enough energy left, be thankful for something.

It sure as hell is at my house.

Again, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, even if you didn’t have Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale.  If you can’t find it where you’re at, you can order it online here.  It’s a seasonal beer and it’s available now, but it won’t be for long.

If you like pumpkin, and you like beer, you’ll like Pumpkin Patch Ale.

On Thanksgiving, or any day.

So cheers people, ‘til next Thursday!

Thursday, I promise.

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