About a month ago I got it in my mind that I needed to start hoarding collecting pumpkin beer. It wasn't officially fall but breweries were busy releasing the coveted seasonal and craft beer drinkers were busy buying (and drinking) all of the bottles they could get. Here in Ottawa, the LCBO announced their fall releases with a small list of pumpkin beers from Ontario and the United States but the list only scratched the surface of what's available. To get the variety I wanted I would need to travel. Good thing I don't have a problem with that.
Two hours away from Ottawa, heading south, is Bear World located off a highway in the older part of Watertown, NY. The convenience store has a small section for food necessities but mostly specializes in beer, cigars and lottery tickets (what more do you need?). There I was able to find about 10 different bottles of pumpkin ale, a pumpkin cider and splurged on a hefty growler of Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from the growler bar.
I finished the growler of Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale that weekend while I stashed the rest of the haul till the weather became a bit cooler.
If anyone wants to go on a short road trip to Bear World, let me know. I carry my Growler Club card on me at all times.
22093 US Route 11
Watertown, NY 13601