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For Fall to Winter Fest we're going to step it up a bit for the fest beer: we're brewing a beer especially for the fest! With the focus on local and seasonal ingredients that this event has, we wanted to work with people who had a similar ethos and could help bring a great, seasonal brew to life. Luckily, we had just the people in mind! We sat down to beers with Jon Cadoux and Rob Lucente, the founders of Peak Organic Brewing and long-time Drink Craft Beer friends, to pitch our idea.

After that meeting, and several emails between the four of us, we had our idea in place and the ingredient-sourcing magicians that are Peak Organic Brewing Company were on the job of locking down what we needed. The thought was to brew a beer that would showcase seasonal fall and winter ingredients in a drinkable beer that wouldn't kill your palate after one sip. After all, we're brewing this beer for and releasing it at the fest, but beer isn't meant to only be sipped in two ounce samples; it's meant to be enjoyed by the glass as well. And, in that spirit, this one will be on tap around the area afterwards.

What We Need From You: It's All In The Name

If you don't know it already, you can read below for the story. But now we need you to help us pick a name! We've solicited names for a while now from all of you, and we've picked five finalists who are in the running to win a pair of tickets to Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest! Vote now to name the beer. Voting will be open until November 14th at 11:45pm. The name that gets the most votes will be the winner!

And The Winner Is...Nut Your Average Ginger! (Read for details below)

As some of you noticed, our polling service had some problems last night that caused the poll to go on for several extra hours after the 11:45pm ET cut-off time that we set up. The good news is, we were up and saw the results at 11:45pm ET. The bad news is, we saw the poll continuing and that people were still voting, which has caused the results to materially change since the stated end time. The effected names in this are "Nut Your Average Ginger" and "Bee Nutty Brown Ale."

At 11:45pm ET, "Nut Your Average Ginger" was in the lead. Unfortunately, the polling didn't shut off as it was supposed to and, over the next few hours, "Bee Nutty Brown Ale" re-took the lead and was ahead when the polling system shut down (which is reflected in the results below).

As a result, we're giving a pair of tickets to both "Nut Your Average Ginger" (@JennyFukumoto) and "Bee Nutty Brown Ale" (@jlbeerssf323) as we feel like this is the only fair thing we can do. We can complain about broken software all we want but, in the end, this was our contest. We'll be in touch with both of you shortly to get your contact information.

That said, we still need a name. As the rules clearly stated that the contest was over at 11:45pm ET, we're going with the name that was ahead at that point, rather than the name that one in voting after the contest was over. So "Nut Your Average Ginger" will be the name of the Peak Organic Brewing/Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest beer! Check out this great picture of our winner:

The Beer

So, by now, you must be wondering what the beer is. Well, here is the ingredient list:

  • Organic barley malted at Valley Malt in Hadley, MA.
  • Organic Cascade hops from Blue Heron Farm in Lincoln, MA, actually picked in part by Rob from Peak Organic.
  • Honey from Chef Will Gilson's farm in Groton, MA. Chef Gilson is opening Puritan & Co. in Inman Sq.
  • Freshly picked organic Massachusetts-grown ginger from Old Friends Farm in Amherst, MA.
  • Pureed chestnuts

(Chestnuts were historically grown in New England but a blight killed nearly the entire population in the first half of the last century. Despite this, we searched all over for a local chestnut supplier and found one. Unfortunately, the one grower we found had lost his entire crop this year due to bad weather last year. So, we ended up getting them from Baldor, the only distributor of non-sweetened chestnut puree.)

All of this will be put together in the brew pot and out will come a chestnut honey ginger harvest brown ale at about 4.5% abv. This will be a nutty, aromatic brown ale with a bit of spiciness from the ginger: the perfect beer to drink as the weather cools and we celebrate all this season the way it's meant to be!