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?


  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.

  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.

  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?

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

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

  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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