Episode #22: Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin beers have been part of American brewing tradition since colonial times. Chris and Margaret taste two classic pumpkin ales, as well as two additional brews that are pushing the limits of this fall-time classic.

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Breweries and Beers

tootiWild Onion Pumpkin Ale
Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale
tooti Dogfish Head Punkin
Dogfish Head Punkin
tooti New Belgium Kick
New Belgium Kick
tooti Southern Tier Pumking
Southern Tier Pumking

Comments 9 

  1. From "Russ Perry Jr" :

    I’m not a huge pumpkin beer fan, but I think you’re right about the Pumking — it has been one of my favorites in prior years simply because it tasted like pumpkin PIE, not just pumpkin pie SPICES. I think I may skip it this year if it’s a spice bomb. The Dogfish Head is another favorite pumpkin beer, though I don’t have it every year since I’m not big on the style. I haven’t tried the other two, but will try to make an effort to have them both. Bummer the Kick wasn’t all you’d hoped though.

    Minor, minor thing here, but at the end of the video, in the link to Facebook, it has “CraftbeerTemple”, not “CraftBeerTemple” — is that intentional? I’m guessing not. Picayune of me to bring it up, but branding is everything, is it not? 🙂

  2. From "Jen" :

    Where did you guys pick up the New Belgium? Not only am I a fan of sours as well, but my last name is Kick!

  3. From "castello" :

    My Granny used to say……;)
    Good show. Pumpkin is about the only “fruity” beer I’ve enjoyed in the past. I’ll look for these but once a year is about enough.
    I found the Ayinger Roctoberfest and loved it!

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Very cool, Castello. Another one of our listeners actually recreated the tasting we did for the show and liked them all. I think I need to make it more clear sometimes that even my “least favorite” is still quite good. But that Ayinger is something special…

  4. From "Angela" :

    I found the Pumking lacking from last year as well, but I still enjoy it. It’s also excellent to cook with, if you can get it cheaply. They have growlers of it in upstate New York 🙂

  5. From "bif" :

    Wild Onion is in Barrington, dude! Southern Illinois?!?!?

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Hmm, yes it would seem that Barrington is 90% up from the bottom of the state. Can you tell I grew up in Philadelphia?

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