Erie Brewing Company Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale Beer Review
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Erie Brewing Company Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale Commercial Description:

“Erie Brewing Company Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale is a blonde based ale. It is a fruit beer with delicious flavor, a great nose, and the perfect poise of pumpkin and spice. This flavorful brew is sure to get you in the fall spirit.

Each of Erie Brewing Company’s finely handcrafted beers have been named for a local person or story associated with the rich history of the city of Erie and “Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale” was no exception. When bestowing a name upon the new pumpkin brew, many ideas were kicked around. The one that stuck was the nickname of one of our own Erie Brewing staff, “John.” As hardworking as the Railbenders who built our railroad, Johnny Rails, with his blond hair, skinny body, wiry strength, and “BIG” head was the perfect fit. Thus, the beer’s name was born. ”

A fruit beer with delicious flavor, a great nose, and the perfect poise of pumpkin and spice.

Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
Additions: Pumpkin, spice

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV:  6.5%

In a world in which Angelina Jolie gets cheated on, there is no hope for the rest of us. And so, now with the last great power couple gone, Brangelina has been dissembled to just Brad and Angelina.


Take notes Jay & Queen B.


My infatuation with Angelina Jolie started in 1998 when HBO aired Gia. Then, at my fever pitch of a crush, cut school in 2001 to see Tomb Raider on opening day. The girl I hookied with would get caught for our extracurricular plans. Her father called her Nokia 3310 and intercepted us in front of the theater. She cried to him, lied and said we were going to watch A Knight’s Tale because ‘Heath Ledger is so dreamy.’ A month later she would leave for an Ivy League school and I never saw her again, She walked passed me in Williamsburg Brooklyn in the summer of 2012 and pretended not to know me but the memory remains.


Later, I carried a Tomb Raider lunchbox in high school, which I carried as a totem of idolship and affection for years. And, in fact, I still possessed the lunchbox as of two months ago, an artifact of simpler, closeted times 15 years ago. I relinquished it, along with most of my worldly possessions in a purge during the summer of ’16, thus ushering in the beginning of my ‘after’ life.


Breakups are the most personal stripping one can achieve. In death there is reason, or no reason, but it is final and irreversible. Breakups leave us questioning our very sense of self. We create art, burn down cities and self-evaluate. It’s the duel side of an axe, destruction and creation.  It is also primitive to what you were ‘before’ and the catharsis of reverting back to our most basic and unembellished sense of self.


But getting back to basics, stripped of filler isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Since the pumpkin beer market is so flooded, there are plenty of flavor marriages that don’t make sense. (Although this doesn’t necessarily equate to bad flavor). Pumpkin is paired with coffee, caramel, sour apple, bourbon, licorice, lime, smoke, beets and even Belgium Candy.


Truthfully there’s a lot of variety out there, both in pumpkin beers and women. Sometimes the joy of drinking a pumpkin beer is much simpler. Sometimes you don’t want complicated. This back to basic approach is what makes Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale so enjoyable. Sometimes you want a very drinkable beer. Johnny Rails hits all the rights notes. It’s simple and not too sweet.


Johnny Rails is an Ale that behaves like we all used to. Before we were pretentious and complicated, though not the most substantial and thought provoking.  Johnny Rails is Angelina in Hackers, a place in time where potential is limitless and before you were full.

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Jamie Acevedo

Artist. Entrepreneur. Meat Eater. Beer Lover. Jeep Driver. Nerd. Badass.

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