Steven Lane and I are hosting this year's Halloween Party, and there's a lot to get done in not that much time! One big thing to sort out is what we will do for the party keezer. For those of you that have never been to a CHAOS party before, every party we try to turn the keezer into a themed educational experience for our partygoers. It doesn't have to be boring, just six beers that, taken as a whole, teach people (and our brewers) about one aspect of brewing or recipes or ingredients.
Unless someone desperately wants to run the keezer this party, and has a really good idea, I am offering to do it. This is my thoughts on the keezer: deconstructed pumpkin pie spiced beers. Everyone knows pumpkin pie spice; some love it, some hate it. But people don't necessarily think about the individual flavors behind the blend. Clove, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. What if, for the keezer, we made five beers (and a sixth wildcard) that each showcase one of these spices?
I think that we could get really creative with this while also showing our partygoers that spiced beers can be nuanced and delicious. Not every pumpkin pie spiced beer has to be the traditional pumpkin beer, and there is so much room to work with here! IPA, saison, stout, lager, wheat beer would all be good styles to feature one of these spices, and you can also work in other flavors as long as the spice is the star, so to speak. For the sixth beer, someone could make a traditional pumpkin beer with pumpkin pie spice to see how the spice flavors come together, or the sixth beer could just use pumpkin as its special ingredient, to show that even though we all think of pumpkin pie spice as the main flavor of fall, pumpkin itself has a very different flavor and use on its own.
Thoughts? I will be in Costa Rica this next week but I would really like to get the whole project nailed down by the 28th so people can start brainstorming and brewing!