6. Ithaca Beer Co.
The pride of the Finger Lakes easily provided the most refreshing, thirst-quenching example of the evening. The brewers at Ithaca Beer are distinguished hop-mongers with their pungent red IPA, Cascazilla, and one of my favorite go-to IPAs, Flower Power, but their Country Pumpkin was downright delicate, with notes of lemongrass and orange peel. The subtle Honey Malt gives it the mouthfeel of a Belgian wit with just a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
Notable tasting note: “It has more lemon than pumpkin. It doesn’t wow you, but it’s really drinkable.” -Gary Dzen