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As many of you are no doubt aware, I have a serious pumpkin obsession. An October child raised in Northern Illinois (#1 grower of pumpkins), for me “Fall” begins on August 15 (part of The Rock Father™ Seasonal Calendar). With that comes a real affection for seasonal beers, and fall brings a host of flavors, but my favorites are always those that are pumpkin-infused. Today, I received some news out of Oregon – that a fresh batch of ROGUE Pumpkin Patch Ale has been produced. A perfect accompaniment to pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin lattés, pumpkin bread, pumpkin butter and just about everything pumpkin, one big factor with ROGUE is that they grow their own pumpkins and release their beer a little later than some. Here’s how they explain it…

Pumpkin Patch1“Many pumpkin beers are released in mid-summer and use artificial, canned or puréed pumpkin. Rogue instead waits for the pumpkin harvest, which usually happens in late summer or early fall, and utilizes fresh Rogue Farms-grown pumpkins harvested at their peak ripeness. The pumpkins are handpicked and delivered 77 miles across the Oregon Coast Range to Rogue’s brewery in Newport, where they are then toasted in a pizza oven and tossed into the brew. Pumpkin Patch Ale is handmade from patch to batch and hits the shelves just in time for fall.”

“It’s part of the Grow-Your-Own revolution,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “We never understood summer pumpkin beers, they just made no sense to us. Instead, we chose to take the extra time to grow our own pumpkins, so what you’re tasting isn’t something out of a tube, a can or a lab, but real pumpkin, complete with the terroir of the Willamette Valley.”

Pumpkin Patch Ale is now available nationwide in 750ml bottles and on draft. Find some near you using the Rogue Beer Finder. More information about the Revolution can be found at Rogue.com.

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