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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's the Great Pumpkin Ale Charlie Brown!

 The pumpkin beers have harvested!

Tis' the season for spiced, nutmeg, chestnut, cinammon, and the ginger additions to the maltiness of your brew.

 or what I like to call bottled pumpkin pie

A small number of brown-bottled beer options:
in order from my greatest to least favorite

Kuhnhenn All Hallows Ale
copper, pumpkin color pour, on the nose: cinammon, allspice, brown sugar, delicious with a nice, malty finish

Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout
very dark brown in color, non overpowering muted pumpkin aroma, complex flavor sweet, molasses, light chocolate notes, mildly bitter with a sweet finish

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale 
clear, light orange-colored with gold body, subdued aroma with slight butterscotch, wheat beer based, liquid pumpkin pie

Dogfishhead Punkin' Ale 
full-bodied brown ale, with a hint of spiced herb and pumpkin (great for cooking)

South Hampton Pumpkin Ale 
 Amber colored, aromatic, thick malty base, slightly nutmeg and pumpkin spiced

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale 
Belgian White ale, no pumpkin scent, slightly spiced with touch of pumpkin

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale 
 clear copper orange pour, Budweiser with a hint of pumpkin

Why not throw a pumpkin ale tasting party, with the big beautiful orange gourd eats in tow?

Pumpkin plays especially well with any of the following:

pork with a pear reduction sauce
roasted butternut (root vegetable) squash 
spiced dishes
roasted rich meats and stews

Don't forget to pour a tall glass of sweet ale such as Pumking and add a scoop of vanilla for a delicious dessert!

Cheese tip:

  For a warm-bellied treat, try a pumpkin ale with with the nutty, sweetness of a cave-aged, mountain Gruyère, or pair with the eggy, richness of a French Comté as a suitable companion.

Whatever ales you, enjoy!


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