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Not your normal pumpkin ale

By Jonathan Petramala, Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter, jonathan.petramala@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 15 2013 11:24:41 PM CDT

Bristol Brewing Company has a special cause for the cases of Venetucci Pumpkin Ale.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Some might think it’s a little early for the giving season.  While Christmas is another couple months away, it’s a different sort of giving holiday Wednesday.

“Venetucci day has almost become a local holiday,” Mike Bristol said.

Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing Company, says the last seven years has built a cult-like following for the release of seasonal Venetucci Pumpkin Ale,” Bristol said.

It was the first beer in what Bristol calls the “community ale series,” where the brewery creates a beer around a cause and 100-percent of the profits go to that cause.  In this case the proceeds go to the beer’s namesake, Venetucci Farm.

“It’s a priceless historic asset that we believe that one of our jobs as Pikes Peak Community Foundation is to keep Venetucci Farm alive,” said Michael Hannigan, the foundation’s executive director.

Bristol Brewery takes pumpkins from the farm to create the beer.

“The ones we grow for Bristol, they’re these beautiful little pumpkins that are sweet and incredibly tasty, they’re ones people use for pumpkin pie so they make excellent pumpkin ale,” Hannigan said.

The money will go to uses like continuing educational programs on the farm.

“They have great programs to remind us and to teach our kids where our food comes from,” Bristol said.

Venetucci Pumpkin Ale will be on sale at various Colorado Springs liquor stores beginning Wednesday, October 15th.  You can also stop by Bristol Brewing at the Ivywild School for a release party starting at 5 P.M.

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