Seasonal Craft Beers have developed into a big deal in the craft beer industry. Seasonal sales have continued to grow in importance and market share. October of 2014 saw an explosion of Pumpkin Beer into the market.
Oktoberfest has long ruled the roost when it comes to October, with its style roots dating back to 1810. Pumpkin beers have been around for a while but have really blossomed into a full blown experience in the last couple of years with 2014 seeing a huge uptick in the style.
As Moderators of Craft Beer Nation we were really interested in going all in for Pumpkin Beers in 2014. Over on Google+ we created a month long Event Page where everyone could come and share their pics and notes on Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers.
We had a lot of fun that month, amassing 123 pictures and numerous comments. I managed to try out over 20 different Pumpkin Beers and 15 Oktoberfest Beers that month. It was definitely an interesting and enjoyable experience. We’re looking forward to seeing what style we can explore for October 2015.