2. Wolaver’s Organic Brewing
This was the second biggest surprise of the evening. It’s not that the Otter Creek team doesn’t make enjoyable beer, but they’re always very understated, right down to their simple labels tinged in neutral tones. But as other breweries angle for bolder additions of baking spices and escalating levels of alcohol, Wolaver’s was obviously content to focus on better ingredients. Brewed with organic Vermont pumpkins, Wolaver’s drank like a balanced pale ale with a comforting nose of baked pumpkin.
Notable tasting note: “You know it’s a pumpkin beer, but it’s not in your face.” -Gary Dzen