Well folks, it’s almost fall. If you want to get technical, it’s already meteorological fall. The busy days of fall are a balance of fun and work. Fall tends to bring more fun than the summer, with the exception being lake days. The days start getting cooler here and late evenings are comfortable to spend outside. Heck, by November we may even find ourselves with temperatures in the 60s!
Fall also brings many traditions such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course, all of the things in between. This post is more focused on the fall traditions in between.
There are many delicious fall traditions and pumpkin beer is one of them. In this house, we love a good pumpkin beer. Elysian makes one of our favorites, topped only by St. Arnold’s Pumpkinator. And, our own pumpkin beer is pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself. Each year, once pumpkins are readily available we brew a five gallon batch of pumpkin beer with a generous amount of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. We then ferment it for at least two weeks before filling a keg. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it becomes.
Fall brings many festivals from music to county fairs to food and drink. Our city has a craft brewer’s festival every October. We’ve gone every year since it’s began and are never disappointed. In fact, it’s become the only event we’ve ever splurged on VIP tickets. The primary reason for this is the hour early entry VIP ticket holders get. Less crowds and lines make it well worth spending the extra money.
Mmmm, roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a must every single year. Each year when we carve pumpkins just before Halloween, we separate the seeds from the guts. Those slimy seeds are then washed, lightly oiled and seasoned, and roasted in the oven until golden. A delicious and healthy fall snack!
What would fall be without football? Football is one of the fall traditions that millions enjoy every year whether it be college or NFL. Football season becomes even more fun with Fantasy Football.
Fantasy Football is actually what really got me interested in football altogether. A friend reached out because someone bailed last minute in her league and I filled the empty spot not really knowing what I was getting myself into. What ended up happening that year, is that I found myself watching football every Sunday as I paid more attention to specific players. My husband started getting into it too. The following year, we started out own league and we’ve had our league ever since.
Excluding the major fall holidays, it’s safe to say that there is plenty to look forward to during the months of fall. What are some of your fall traditions?