Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival Returns For Its 12th Year

12th Annual Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF) From Elysian Brewing will return on Saturday, October 8, to a new location at Elysian Fields and across the street at the North Lot of CenturyLink Field. For the 12th year, the GPBF will be shortened to taking place for one day only from 3:00 to 10:00pm. Tickets to the GPBF event go on sale today, Monday, August 1.

Once again the Elysian team will tap a giant, several-hundred pound pumpkin that has been scooped, scorched, filled with pumpkin beer and then sealed and conditioned for all attendees to enjoy. The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off will take place one week prior on October 1, at the Elysian Airport Way Brewery located at 5510 Airport Way S in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Come get a first hand look of this year’s gourd prior to it being filled with an Elysian Pumpkin beer. Free and open to all ages, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off will feature the biggest and best pumpkins grown from the local farmers, and the winning pumpkin will receive the honor of being tapped at GPBF.

During the GPBF, Elysian will be pouring over 80 pumpkin beers from its own line up and from other breweries from around the country. Guests are encouraged to embrace the color of the festival – orange – in any way they would like to represent. Pumpkin Fest judges will wade through the crowds to select the most festive to win a thirst-quenching prize.

Elysian Great Pumpkin Festival (photo by Dan Culver)
Elysian Great Pumpkin Festival (photo by Dan Culver)

Tickets are $28.00 per person and will be available for purchase for those 21+ at all four Elysian locations and online beginning today. Ticket price includes a Great Pumpkin Beer Festival snifter glass and 6 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets will be sold at the festival for $2 each. A designated driver ticket is available for $5 per person online only.

Fun GPBF Facts:

  • 4,000: Costume-clad beer lovers packed Elysian’s Georgetown location during last year’s 11th annual festival that spanned over two days.
  • 1,750 pounds: The largest pumpkin in festival history was hollowed out, filled with Elysian’s pumpkin beer, and tapped for all festival goers.
  • 80+: Number of pumpkin beers poured at the festival. More than 20 of which are unique Elysian beers.
  • 60: Participating breweries from around the U.S. brought to the festival.

For more information on the 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, visit www.elysianbrewing.com/calendar/great-pumpkin-beer-fest/

Here’s a rundown on the Elysian Beers that will be hitting store shelves and tap handles.

Elysian Brewing 2015 Pumpkin Beer Lineup

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Night Owl is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and includes seven different malt varieties, green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum hops and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. 6.7% ABV
Draft, 22oz bottles and 12oz – Six Packs

The Great Pumpkin
The Great Pumpkin was the silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category and was also the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with Premium 2-Row, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. 8.4% ABV
Draft & 22oz Bottles

Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout
A perennial favorite and 2010 Silver medalist in the Great American Beer Festival Field Beer category, Dark o’ the Moon is brewed with Premium 2-Row, Crisp 77° Crystal, Munich, Cara-Vienne, roasted, chocolate and Special B malts with roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash.  Pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Saaz and crushed cinnamon. 7.5% ABV
Draft & 22oz Bottles

Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
A pumpkin ale with the attitude of a world-weary barista, Punkuccino packs a short shot of Stumptown coffee toddy in your pint with just a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Premium 2-Row, brown, biscuit, C-77 crystal, chocolate and kiln-coffee malts provide the body, German Northern Brewer lends a touch of bitterness, and lactose sweetens just a touch. Three pumpkin additions, in the mash, kettle and fermenter. 6% ABV
Draft & 22oz Bottles

Elysian Fields
542 1st Ave S.
Seattle, WA