Tapped: ESB Off at Hale's, Maritime Open Soon, The Great Pumpkin Festival

Today Hale's (4301 Leary Way N.W.) rolls with a new taste off feature, starting with Elysian's Wise ESB, Grand Teton's Bitch Creek and the O'Brien's Harvest Ale from Hale's. For a two week stretch, the brewpub will feature these three beers in a side by side comparison. Each taste off will highlight a certain style and be available during all business hours.

The new Maritime Pacific Brewery and Jolly Roger Taproom is set to open mid to late October at 1111 N.W. Ballard Way.

The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at Elysian on Capitol Hill is the one day of the year when all beer nerds set aside their uptight snobbery about fruit and spice beers and embrace the genre. Elysian pulls out NINE different pumpkin beers of their own, along with beer from local breweries such as Big Time and Elliot Bay (had the Mashing Pumpkin this weekend, CHOICE) and outlanders like Jolly Pumpkin, Dogfish Head and Nodding Head. They will tap The Great Pumpkin at 4:00 p.m. each day. Take that sentence literally. Admission is $15 and includes a souvenir glass and six beer tokens. (Elysian Brewing - Capitol Hill, 1221 E. Pike St., Saturday, Oct. 10th, 12:00noon to 10:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11th 12:00noon to 6:00 p.m.)

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