A Collaboration with Topsfield Fair, America’s Oldest County Fair


PRESS RELEASE / August 3, 2023 (Ipswich, MA) – True North Ale Company has collaborated with the Topsfield Fair, home of the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, to create Topsfield Fair Giant Pumpkin Ale. This beer is brewed with specialty malts for a rich, malt-forward sweetness, then dosed with pumpkin and spiced with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Sweet, savory, and aromatic with notes of pumpkin pie and warm baking spice.

“We partnered with Topsfield Fair in 2022 as the exclusive craft beer provider to the Fair’s inaugural Beer Garden,” said Gary Rogers, Founder & Chief of Business Operations at True North Ales. “A pumpkin beer is the perfect brew for the Topsfield Fair, as the Fair is world renowned for its Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, with three world records and the world’s first one-ton pumpkin back in 2012.”

Added James O’Brien, General Manager of the Topsfield Fair, “We truly look forward to greeting guests at the Fair’s Beer Garden with Topsfield Fair Giant Pumpkin Ale, a fall classic. True North Ales is hyper local, right next door in Ipswich. The Fair has actively promoted local business interests for more than two hundred years.” 

The artwork on the Topsfield Fair Giant Pumpkin Ale can label was created by noted Marblehead artist Amy Hourihan. Packaged in kegs and cans, it will be available at the Topsfield Fair Beer Garden, at the True North Ales Taproom, and in select stores in Essex County.


About True North Ale Company

True North Ale Company is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Opened in 2017, its beers have been poured in nearly 1,700 bars and restaurants and sold in more than 1,500 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The brewery has won major international awards, to include a Gold Award at the 2018 World Beer Cup, Gold and Bronze Medals at the 2021 Great American Beer Fest, and a Silver Medal at the 2020 Great American Beer Fest. It was voted Best Brewery on Boston’s North Shore four consecutive years. Its North Shore location features 150+ seat open-air and tented patios and 150+ seat indoor seating. The events venue, The North Side, may host events with more than 250 guests. www.TrueNorthAles.com


About Topsfield Fair

The Topsfield Fair, founded in 1818 by the Essex Agricultural Society, is America’s oldest county fair. Its Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off has achieved three world records and the world’s first one-ton pumpkin. The 2023 Fair opens on September 29th and runs through October 9th. www.TopsfieldFair.org

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