Updates for Bull & Bush, Euclid Hall, Vine Street: Pumpkin beers will get you jack-o'-lanterned

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Update: Two new events have been added (Avery's Rumpkin tapping at Euclid Hall tonight and Vine Street Pub's tapping on Sunday), while the info for the Bull & Bush pig and pumpkin beer tasting has been expanded. See below for details.

Pumpkin beers are an acquired taste, but if you love them, you really love them. And while I'd say they are good for cooler temperatures, local breweries are rolling them out all month, regardless of the weather (see our guide to beer and weather).

Here are a few pumpkin brews already on tap and a few releases to come, including a double bill Wednesday night in Boulder from both Avery and Upslope:

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Wynkoop Brewing
Making the Wynkoop's Drunken Pumpkin.
Wynkoop Brewing, Denver, tapped its Drunken Pumpkin last week. "It's a malty amber ale made with a couple hundred pounds of fresh, pureed and flaked pumpkin, then spiced with trad pumpkin-pie spices. The beer is about 8 percent ABV. It's really gourd," the Wynkoop says.

Crabtree Brewing in Greeley is serving its Chunkin' Pumpkin.

October 13, 6 p.m.
Avery Tap Room, Boulder
Rumpkin Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
It's 13.2 percent ABV! "Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkin puree and a blend of five spices. Aged in extremely fresh Gosling's Rum barrels for six months. Consume early and often, preferably with a pumpkin pie and/or s'mores."

October 13
Upslope Brewing, Boulder
Pumpkin Ale
"Brewed using locally grown organic pumpkins from Munson Farms Boulder and seven different organic spices from Savory, this 7.3 percent pumpkin ale is perfect for the new season."

October 15, 3 p.m.
Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora
Cask-conditioned Pumpkin Ale
Dry Dock's weekly Firkin Friday will involve a 280-pound pumpkin. "What better vessel to serve our Pumpkin Ale out of than a GIANT pumpkin! We can't even fit this through the taphouse door! Tipping the scales at over 280 lbs., we'll have this in the brewhouse on the forklift with our Pumpkin Ale in it," the brewery says.

October 22, 5 p.m.
Trinity Brewing, Colorado Springs
Emma's Coffin Pumpkin Saison
This farmhouse-style beer was "brewed with brown sugar, garam masala, torch roasted Vennetucci Farm sugar pumpkin, white sage, coriander, and grains of paradise. This version of our seasonally rotating saison tastes like liquid pumpkin pie...If you were in Belgium, that is! 10.5 percent ABV."

October 26, 5 p.m.
Bristol Brewing, Colorado Springs
Venetucci Pumpkin Ale
This deep-red ale, at 5.7 percent ABV, is dedicated to Nick and Bambi Venetucci, who ran their family farm for six decades, giving away "literally millions of pumpkins to school children all across the Springs. Just before he died, Nick made plans to donate the farm to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, that it might be preserved forever as a rich community resource. And, yes, so that hundreds of children wouldn't go empty-handed each fall. The Venetuccis taught us to give back. That's why 100 percent of the profits from this beer will go to support their farm."

October 28, 5 p.m.
Euclid Hall
Avery Rumpkin tapping
Euclid Hall will break into a keg of Rumpkin, its rum-barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale, which checks in at a huge 13.2 percent alcohol by volume and an equally large cost of $14 for an eight-ounce glass.


October 30, 5 p.m.
Bull & Bush, Denver
Pig and Pumpkin Beer Tasting, 5 p.m.
The Bull & Bush is serving up its own pumpkin beer, Ghoul Fuel, along with a lineup of more than twenty rare or tasty pumpkin brews from around the world (see the list below). The beers will be "paired up with various pork products and dishes" like sausage and prosciutto. Sample beer tickets are $1 each, and the swine is free. Best pumpkin-theme costume and best piggy-theme costume get a free growler of Ghoul Fuel.

October 31
Vine Street Pub in Denver; Mountain Sun and Southern Sun in Boulder
Belgian Pumpkin Ale
The two Boulder locations will tap their Belgian-style pumpkin ale on Saturday, October 30, while the Vine Street Pub will dig in on Halloween itself. The beer was brewed with more than one hundred pounds of fresh pie pumpkins and a blend of six spices from Savory Spice.

Bull & Bush beers

Bull & Bush Brewery
Denver, Colorado
Ghoul Fuel 2010

The Bruery
Orange County, California
Autumn Maple

Boston Beer Company
Cincinnati, Ohio
Octoberfest
Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Brewed by Pyramid Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale

Dogfish Head
Milton, Delaware
Punkin Ale

Four + Brewing Company
Salt Lake City, Utah
Punk'n

Jolly Pumpkin Artisian Ales
Dexter, Michigan
Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire)

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pumpkin Lager Beer

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, California
Inferno Ale
Witch's Wit

Michelob Brewing Co.
St. Louis, Missouri
Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

New Belgium Brewing
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Hoptober

Saranac
Utica, New York
Pumpkin Ale

Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland, Maine
Pumpkinhead
Smashed Pumpkin

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico, California
Tumbler, Autumn Brown Ale

Woodchuck Cidery
Middlebury, Vermont
Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider

Wychwood Brewery
Oxfordshire, England
Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

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