Now that the yoke of Fall Beer Freedom Day has been lifted from my shoulders and the date is receding into the distance, I find myself doing exactly what I suggested everyone else do (which should come as some solace, in that I can take the advice that I dish out). I’ve been going a little nuts on all different kinds of seasonal beers, Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers in specific.
Rather than dive headfirst into three paragraphs each in some vain attempt to bolster our hit count, I thought I’d dump a few hundred words about all of them so perhaps, you may enjoy the things we have and avoid the stuff that we didn’t.
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If you followed our advice then you’re likely staring into an empty fridge that has been cleaned out of all of your summer favorites. No more Krankshaft, no more Oberon and no more Ruby Redbird.
And if you didn’t follow our counsel, no biggie, but I bet you’ll start thinking about fall beers soon.
Regardless of which camp you fall into we took it upon ourselves to compile a handy, dandy guide of our favorites for Fall.
KARL: We’ve been threatening to do this for a while now, and it started somewhere around the time we poured our first pint of Pumking for the year a few weeks back. Now that we have found a few different styles and offerings from this years crop, rather than spread it out over 2 weeks of Pumpkinsanity posts like last year, we figured a cliffs notes version of these brews would work just as well for 2k11.
By no means is this all-inclusive. Hell, I haven’t even had this years Dogfish Head Punkin yet, and that’s traditionally the ne-plus-ultra of pumpkin beer releases. But here’s what we have been drinking this season: Continue reading
Southern Tier says:
“Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow.”
Southern Tier Pumking
Pumpkin Ale, 9% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: It took me a little while to get into pumpkin beers, but when I did, it was Katy-bar-the-door pumpkin madness. I couldn’t get enough of them back in 2007 and by far the finest example I’ve had in the past 3 years has been Southern Tier’s Pumking. This huge-flavored Imperial Pumpkin clocks in at 9% ABV and has always covered it well with spices, graham cracker crust and pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. It was my favorite a few years back, and of all the styles of seasonal beers I feel like the most variety year-to-year happens in bottles of pumpkins. So would this year still stand up to the memories in my head? Continue reading
Southern Tier says:
“Harvest Ale is our celebration of the changing weather and the sowing of hops and barley that will be used in our upcoming brews. We usher in the fall with a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Deep ruby in color with an even deeper hop flavor… in fact, we throw fresh English hops into every brewing vessel, then dry hop after fermentation to impart a zesty kick. This beer has real hop character that mingles with fresh malted barley for an experience that will make you wish it were fall year ‘round.”
Southern Tier Harvest Ale
ESB, 6.7% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: Fall is, hands down, my favorite time of the year. The temperatures cool off, leaves are changing colors, you can throw all sorts of meat and veggies in to a pot and call it stew AND some of the best beer styles are released. And while I love a good Oktoberfest beer or pumpkin ale the harvest ale has a special place in my heart. I love the idea that I am getting the freshest hops as possible in my beer. I love the flavors and aromas that come along with it. I also love that harvest ales come in different shapes and sizes. Some are pale ale’s, like Founders Harvest Ale, while others are dark ales like one brewed by Half Acre this fall. This particular offering, Southern Tier’s Harvest Ale, is billed as an ESB and brewed with four different hop varieties.
Before we get to the aroma and flavors of this beer, check how translucent it is. You can read the bottle from behind the glass. Skeptical? Don’t believe me? Check it. Continue reading