Pumpkin beers are all the seasonal rage. But not at the Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland. Indigo Imp opted this year to make a seasonal ale with roasted sweet potato and spices.
"We don't do anything by the book at our brewery anyway," brewer and owner Matt Chappel said, laughing when asked about the beer called Autumn. (The brewery also uses open fermentation -- an unusual process for a modern American brewery.)
Indigo Imp fans kept asking the brewery about a fall seasonal, Chappel said. But he didn't want to make a pumpkin beer since everybody else does one. He settled on sweet potato, which provides a toasted flavor that complements the sweet taste of the nutmeg and cinammon, Chappel said. The beer also is made with Belgian yeast.
Autumn will be available on a limited basis in four-packs starting the first week of September at Heinen's grocery stores. It will then be available at other retailers that carry Indigo Imp.