Try 45 pumpkin beers at Scion and Crios this weekend

October 9, 2013

Forty-five different pumpkin beers, $5 each: How's that for a Thursday happy hour? Sister restaurants Scion and Crios are hosting the Fall Beer Festival from Thursday through Saturday, with an extensive selection of Oktoberfests and fresh seasonal harvest ales, but the biggest draw should be the extensive selection of pumpkin brews.

(Lisa Bolton/The Washington Post)
(Lisa Bolton/The Washington Post)

Scion will have up to nine pumpkin beers on draft, while Crios will have eight different kinds. Each will stock 14 more in bottles, with no duplicates between the two bars.  Bottles and drafts have a flat price of $5, though drafts will be served in either pints or 10-ounce snifters. Some beers are only available in 22-ounce bottles for $10, though you can also get a half-bottle pour for $5 on Thursday night. Beer manager Tim Liu cautions that the lists will change as various kegs kick, but they will all be available at some point over the weekend.

The only annoyance is that it's going to be impossible to do a vertical tasting of some popular breweries: Fans of Washington state's Elysian brewery will find the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale and the tasty Dark O'the Moon Pumpkin Stout at Scion, and Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale and the curious Hansel & Gretel pumpkin-and-ginger pilsner at Crios. But when these beers are $5 through Saturday, it's really hard to complain.

Beer geeks will be excited about finding so many hard-to-find pumpkin beers in the same place – Terrapin! Flying Dog! Evolution! Shipyard! – but this is also the place to take your friends who say they don't like pumpkin beers because they're too sweet, or because they all taste like pumpkin spice latte: the diversity of flavors here is truly outstanding.

Scion's draft pumpkin beers
Flying Dog “The Fear” | MD | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 9% | Snifter
Heavy Seas Great’er Pumpkin | MD | Bourbon Aged Pumpkin Ale | 10% | Snifter
Long Trail Pumpkin | VT | Pumpkin Ale | 5.5% | Pint
RJ Rockers Gruntled Pumpkin | SC | Pumpkin Ale | 7% | Pint
Schlafly Pumpkin | MO | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 8% | Snifter
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin | ME | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 9% | Snifter
Smuttynose Pumpkin | NH | Pumpkin Ale | 5.8% | Pint
Southhampton Pumpkin | NY | Pumpkin Ale | 5.5% | Pint
The Bruery Autumn Maple | CA | Belgian Ale with Yams, Maple Syrup | 10% | Snifter

Scion's bottled pumpkin beers
21st Amendment & Elysian He Said Tripel | CA | Pumpkin Tripel | 8.2%
Ace Pumpkin Cider | CA | Pumpkin Cider | 5%
Blue Mountain Spooky | VA | Bourbon Aged Pumpkin Ale | 8.2%
Cisco Pumple Drumkin | MA | Pumpkin Ale | 6%
Dogfish Head Punkin | DE | Pumpkin Ale | 7%
DuClaw 31 | MD | Pumpkin Lager | 5.1%
Elysian Dark O’ the Moon | WA | Pumpkin Stout | 6.5%
Elysian Night Owl | WA | Pumpkin Ale | 5.9%
Fegley’s Devious Pumpkin | PA | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 9%
Manayunk Yunkin Punkin | PA | Pumpkin Ale | 5.5%
Harpoon UFO Pumpkin | MA | Pumpkin Ale | 5.3%
Shipyard Pumpkinhead | ME | Pumpkin Ale | 4.7%
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus | Belgium | Pumpkin Lambic | 4%
Uinta Punk’n | UT | Pumpkin Ale | 4%

Crios' draft pumpkin beers
Blue Point Pumpkin | NY | Pumpkin Ale | 6% | Pint
Brooklyn Post Road | NY | Pumpkin Ale | 5% | Pint
Devils Backbone Ichabod Crandall | VA | Pumpkin Ale | 5.1% | Pint
New Holland Ichabod | MI | Pumpkin Ale | 5.5% | Pint
Shipyard Pumpkinhead | ME | Pumpkin Ale | 4.7% | Pint
Southern Tier Pumking | NY | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 8.6% | Snifter
Starr Hill Boxcar | VA | Pumpkin Porter | 5.2% | Pint
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin | PA | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 8% | Snifter

Crios' bottled pumpkin beers
21st Amendment & Elysian He Said Porter | WA | Pumpkin Porter | 8.2%
Alewerks Pumpkin Ale | VA | Pumpkin Ale | 8%
Curious Traveler Jack O Traveler | VT | Pumpkin Shandy | 4.4%
Elysian Great Pumpkin | WA | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 8.1%
Elysian Hansel & Grettel | WA | Pumpkin Ginger Pilsner | 4.7%
Evolution Jacques Au Lantern | MD | Belgian Pumpkin Ale | 6.3%
Ithaca Country Pumpkin | NY Pumpkin Ale | 6.3%
New Belgium Pumpkick | CO | Pumpkin Cranberry Ale | 6%
Old Forge Smashing Pumpkin | PA | Pumpkin Ale |5.4%
Saucony Creek Maple Mistress | PA | Imperial Pumpkin Ale | 9.5%
Terrapin Pumpkinfest | GA | Pumpkin Lager | 6.1%
Uinta Oaked Jack | UT | Bourbon Aged Pumpkin Ale | 10.3%
Wild Onion Pumpkin | IL | Pumpkin Ale | 5.4%
Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider | VT | Pumpkin Cider | 6.9%

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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