Friday/ all things pumpkin, and Sidney Montana

There was a little bit of rain in the city on Friday, more on the way Saturday night and Sunday. Friday night found me at the Elysian Brewing Co. on Capitol Hill. With Halloween looming and Thanksgiving after that, the pumpkin ales come out, in the same way that Starbucks is offering their pumpkin spice lattes. (Horror or horrors : there have been reports of Starbuckses running out of pumpkin spice lattes).

The Elysian’s Nightowl Pumpkin Ale is brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Also with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts and green and roasted pumpkin seeds, bittered with Horizon hops, and spices such as nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and ginger.

One of our regular waiters at the Elysian is packing up and moving to Sidney, Montana to start a food-serving truck business with a business partner.  It is all part of the North Dakota oil boom :  They will serve up gyro sandwiches to the oil industry workers there.  (A gyro is a Greek dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit. To make a sandwich, add tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita bread).

Picture from the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper. From the newspaper article : The Bakken shale formation stretches across 200,000 square miles, including parts of Montana and Alberta, Canada. It’s one of North America’s largest contiguous oil reserves, and industry experts say it could enable North Dakota to surpass both Alaska and Texas in oil production within a decade.



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