Starting Friday night, the Black Squirrel will feature 10 pumpkin beers as part of its Smashing Pumpkin Beer Fest , including perennial favorites Southern Tier Pumking, Schlafly Pumpkin and Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale. There’s a pumpkin-themed food menu to match the beers, too.
On Monday, all three Pizzeria Paradiso locations will feature seasonal beers on tap as part of Autumn Fest : 42 draft lines pouring nothing but pumpkin ales, Oktoberfest beers, autumnal ciders and harvest ales. (Different beers will be featured at each bar.)
On Wednesday, Flying Dog’s The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale makes its local debut as part of Return of the Living Gourd on the roof deck of Jack Rose. Ten pumpkin beers will be featured on draft, including Evolution’s Jacques au Lantern and the DC Brau/Epic collaboration Fermentation Without Representation. The real star, though, will be a cask-conditioned version of The Fear, served from a bourbon barrel. (While it’s not technically beer, Jack Rose beer director Nahem Simon notes that he’ll also be serving Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider to offer something to people with a gluten intolerence.) Arrive early to sign up for a Flying Dog-sponsored pumpkin pie eating contest.
Finally, one event to put on your calendar: The neighboring Crios and Scion restaurants are bringing a Fall Beer Festival to P Street in Dupont Circle on Oct. 18. They’ll have 17 Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers on tap, and even more in bottles. Look out for New Holland Ichabod, Southern Tier Pumking, Dogfish Head Punkin and Shipyard Pumpkinhead, all of which will be $3 off all night.
Just for fun: Back in 2010, the Going Out Gurus did a blind taste test of pumpkin beers.