Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale

The first batch of pumpkin ales have just hit the shelves! I had gone to the local store to pick up some new Sam Adams Octoberfest, but my eyes lit up upon seeing this season's first bottles of pumpkin ale.

First up is Rogue Ales' Chatoe Rogue First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale. It's really hard to miss this big orange bottle on the shelf.

On first pour, I got a nice sweet cinnamon scent from the velvety smooth, dark amber ale.

From the bottle:
Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters. GYO is a Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this ale with our own hops, barley and pumpkins.

Created with pumpkins grown on Rogue's Micro hop and pumpkin yard in Independence, Oregon. Fresh pumpkins are picked, loaded into our truck, driven immediately 77 miles to our brewery in Newport, Oregon, quickly roasted, and pitched into the brew kettle.

The beer starts with a smooth, subtle hint of sweet pumpkin and ends with a dry, caramel aftertaste with the slightest bit of hop.

Really a great way to get the pumpkin beer season underway! Chatoe Rogue First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale receives 3 out of 5 Drunken Jackos!


Ghost, live in Cleveland 8-1-13

Finally, my favorite new band was able to set up a show in my own hometown. Last night, I got the chance to go see Ghost play at The House of Blues in Cleveland. This time, they were the headlining band and they did not disappoint. A good mix of new and old songs, together with two encores totaling almost an hour-and-a-half set.

And every note was perfect. They sounded tight and they sounded great.

Unlike seeing them last year in Pittsburgh, I was able to get in with my camera and snap at will without any club bouncers wanting to destroy me...

I was able to stand pretty close to the stage, and even though a lot of people were trying to get phone videos and wave their "devil horns" in front of me, I was able to get some decent shots:

(The money shot!)

All photos by Highbury Cemetery, 2013

And if that wasn't enough, they played "Ghuleh/Zombie Queen" in their encore: