By Mike Thayer
So I had a housewarming party just before Halloween and in stocking the bar for the party, I picked up some beer to compliment the other adult beverages and I selected the "Sweater Weather" variety pack from Sam Adams. I'm a Sam Adams fan, and included in this variety pack is their Jack-O. It's a pumpkin beer, perfect for the season.
Here's the Sam Adams description: Perfect fall beer. Cinnamon and nutmeg aromas and the ideal balance of seasonal spices with a crisp, refreshing finish. Jack-O Pumpkin Ale pairs perfectly with the move to cooler days and autumn nights.
This is indeed a refreshing beer and for the beer drinkers at my party, it was the beer of choice. I've even tried this beer in a bratwurst preparation in par-boiling brats before grilling. The beer is a bit on the sweet side and delivered those pumpkin spice notes for a very nice change of pace grilled brat. Topped with melted brie cheese and a pumpkin spice aioli, it was another dose of YUM!
Costing me about $17 for the Samuel Adams Sweater Weather Variety 12 Pack, I'm giving Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale 4 out of 5 stars. It's a really nice seasonal beer that satisfies and pairs well with meat & cheese trays, bacon wrapped appetizers, or even dessert with a sweet potato pie. Make this beer a part of your Thanksgiving holiday celebration.