I played hooky the first few days of last week to attend Shacksbury‘s annual Harvest Festival. We ate some incredible food prepared by Dan Amighi, chef at Café du Pays; drank delicious cider; and enjoyed peak foliage season in Vermont. It was pretty magical.

I still managed to enjoy some pretty great beer at Hop Culture HQ when I returned. Here are five of the best beers we drank from October 8th to the 15th.

DDH Ghost in the Machine

Parish Brewing Co. — Broussard, LA

Double IPA — Ghost in the Machine is one of the classic American IPAs. It’s full of Citra hop juiciness and the double dry-hopped version of Ghost in the Machine is even juicier. This beer was one of Hop Culture co-founder Travis’ first beer loves and it’s pretty clear why.

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Gnome’s Soul

Barreled Souls Brewing + Dancing Gnome Beer — Saco, ME + Pittsburgh, PA

Imperial Stout — We managed to try this decadent stout from Barreled Souls and Dancing Gnome at The Birthday Party back in September and this past week we cracked a bottle in the Hop Culture office. Gnome’s Soul is bursting with rich vanilla notes and pleasant pistachio flavors. Basically dessert in a bottle.

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Country Pumpkin

Superstition Meadery — Prescott, AZ

Mead — Speaking of dessert, this is basically all I want after my Thanksgiving meal. The scent of pumpkin pie filled the room after we opened the bottle. Country Pumpkin will be pouring at Spooky Brews Boston and I highly recommend trying some.

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Birds of a Feather

Lamplighter Brewing Co. — Cambridge, MA

NE IPA — There’s nothing particularly mindblowing about this beer, but it is a really well made IPA. It’s creamy with pleasant citrus and spruce notes from the Mosaic, Citra, and Columbus hops. Plus, that can design is gorgeous.

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Orange Is the New Tan

Humble Sea Brewing Co. — Santa Cruz, CA

NE IPA — We’ve been loving the beer we’ve had from our friends in Northern California. This one is no exception. It’s full of delicious citrus flavors like mandarin oranges and grapefruit and we didn’t mind it with a squeeze of fresh orange juice.

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