I recant my earlier vote for Shipyard Brewing’s Pumpkinhead Ale being my seasonal flavor favorite – I gotta go with the Southern Tier Pumking on tap. While I know that “serious” beer aficionados would scoff at fruit or flavor in beer at all – I guess that it will be considered total sacrilege to confess that my local brewpub served the Pumking rimmed with a nutmeg/sugar/cinnamon concoction. Pumpkin Pie in a beer glass.
The season is fully upon us – go out and try something new in YOUR beer glass!
My personal favorite pumpkin beers are always on tap and I always find it amazing how different is texture and flavor of the same brew when it is on draught instead of in the bottle. Last evening I had the privilege of finding my favorite pumpkin beer, Shipyard Brewery’s Pumpkinhead, on tap in Hyde Park in Tampa, FL. What a smooth concoction – with hints of nutmeg aftertaste. The bottled version just doesn’t measure up to the smoothness of the just poured out of the keg version!
I prefer the Pumpkin flavored beers to the Oktoberfest labeled beers – simply because I like the infused pumpkin flavors and I love pumpkin pie. (Now to get the whipped cream into the mix may take a brewing miracle!)
In respect for the seasoned brew bloggers who had a head start in sampling this season’s bounty of pumpkin beers, I present a sampling of their posts here: (click on the image to go to the blog)