When I started the First Draught Drink of the Month feature, I had every intent to alternate between beer and cocktails each month (fair coverage for all). Except now it’s October, and per the rotation it’s time to feature a cocktail, except, what about all those pumpkin beers …
I know, I know, there’s pumpkin everything these days and it can be a bit much. But I’ve always been a huge fan of a nicely spiced pumpkin beer. A phenomenon that well pre-dates pumpkin flavored Milano cookies, pumpkin hand soap, pumpkin potato chips and yes, even the hallowed Pumpkin Spice Latte.
So this month, while Alexis Anne and Julia Kelly (as her alter ego Vivienne Thorne) share all their amazing knowledge about writing serials, I’ll be sitting back, sipping a lovely fall brew. Serials are sort of trendy right now, just like all things pumpkin, but to stand the test of time you’ve got to create a well-crafted story meant to be delivered in small “sips”. And just like a good pumpkin ale, Alexis’ and Vivienne’s serials are perfectly spiced!
Here are some of my favorite pumpkin ales: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Farmhouse Pumpkin (my local favorite); Rogue, Pumpkin Patch Ale; Dogfish Head, Punkin Ale; Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Pumpkin Hunter; and Sam Adams, Fat Jack.
See you this Tuesday, October 6, at 8:30 PM EST to chat serials and sip pumpkin beer!
I’ve decided that when the drink of the month is a beer, I’ll choose a style of beer instead of one specific beer. Craft beer can be pretty regional and I would hate the thought of sending a west coast reader running around trying to find some fabulous ale that is only available on the east coast.
That being said– this month’s style is an IPA, but not just any ‘ole IPA. No, for September you’ll want to find the most hoppy IPA you can possibly find. The one where you put your nose over the glass and all you smell is deep citrus-y bitterness. The one that is going to sting the back of your tongue just a little bit (in all the best ways).
First Draught this month is all about social media, and let’s be honest– it can be a bitter pill to swallow at times. All you want to do is write and yet today’s publishing culture demands that you have an online presence. We’ll be chatting about how to figure out which sites are the best for you, how to use them to make genuine connections with readers, and how not to let it suck away all your writing time.
Just like that super-hopped IPA that seems like it’s going to be WAY too much, but has a sweet-ness to the finish, social media can be your new favorite thing. (Okay… maybe I’m getting a little carried away there, but we’ll at least help you make it drink-able.)
To find a super hoppy IPA, look for styles with high IBUs (International Bitterness Units – yep, that’s actually a thing). Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute, Foothills Brewing’s Hoppyum, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, and Ballast Point’s Sculpin.
Cheers! And we’ll see you next Tuesday, September 1 at 8:30pm EST for First Draught!