Monday, October 4, 2010

Punkin Ale

In honor of the blog's name and it being the first week of October and all, it's Pumpkin Week! I love (almost) all pumpkin flavored things, and today we'll look at a classic: pumpkin beer.

Generally I drink Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, which is a quasi-local beer, brewed in Maine. Now, Shipyard is good, but I discovered last year that it's not actually made with any pumpkin, just cinnamon and clove. What's up with that?


Don't be misled, the glass is Allagash, which I picked up at their Portland, Maine brewery this summer. 

So today I picked up some Dogfish Punkin Ale, one of the more popular makes, which is 7% alcohol compared to Shipyard's 4.5% (this could be good or bad, depending on your outlook). I topped the glass with a cinnamon sugar mix, except instead of straight cinnamon, I used pumpkin pie spice.

My take: very yummy. Made with real pumpkin, which I appreciate. Dogfish is brewed in Delaware though, and I like sticking with locally made beers. Next time I'm in Missouri I'd like to try out Schlafly's pumpkin ale... any thoughts on that one?

6 comments:

  1. I've had Schlafly Pumpkin Ale before, but I feel I should taste it again this season before venturing a review. It's around, so I'll try to pick some up. 8% alcohol and made with pumpkin and butternut squash, according to their web site.

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  2. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale: A delight. It smells and tastes exactly like pumpkin pie. From the tap, it's much sweeter. In bottled form, it's mellow enough that it's a quick drink for me--with 8% ABV, that spells danger.

    O'Fallon Brewery has a pumpkin beer too, which I tried and liked, but not as much as the Schlafly. O'fallon's is less pumpkin-y, more generally autumnal.

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  3. I think I actually tried the O'Fallon pumpkin ale last year around Thanksgiving. Kase - did you have the pumpkin when we were at the Schalfly brewery?

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  4. I am VERY excited for Pumpkin week!!!

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  5. I like pumpkins & October is my favorite month, but pumpkin beer? Ych.

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  6. Just thought I'd let you know that because of this post, I bought some of this to put in my crock pot stew tomorrow. I am very excited.

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