This isn’t how I’d normally do it. Usually, sometime in late August/early September, I’ll make a special journey to Total Wine and stock up on every pumpkin beer that is on the shelf. Then I will ritualistically drink the best one first before I watch a horror movie. Usually that’s Shipyard Pumpkinhead.
But, there I was at the grocery store, picking up two little things, and there in the beer aisle was Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale.
I walked away first. I really did. I didn’t feel ready for pumpkin beer season, and Blue Moon has always been a middle of the road one, at best. But I went back. I couldn’t leave that store with this on the shelf.
So I’m not sure if I’ll drink it tonight or save it. The first sip of pumpkin beer in the fall is one of the great checkpoints of Halloween. I don’t like to jump the gun if I can. But, it’s also Summer of Horror.
Yes… I think I’ll have it when I watch the next horror movie. The ritual must be maintained.