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(Boston.com)   Pumpkin is in the air, it's in your latte and on your porch. More importantly it's in your beer. Here are six of this season's best   (boston.com) divider line 118
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rka
2013-09-12 02:50:10 PM

jigger: I agree with the Germans. Don't put shiat like that in your beer. Grain, hops, yeast, and water and no more.


German brewing "wisdom" could never stay consistent with itself let alone be used to establish the end all be all of beer.

The Belgians rival them and they sure as hell use more ingredients than grain, hops, yeast and water.
 
2013-09-12 02:52:41 PM

No Such Agency: Lighten up, Fritz.  The people who wrote the Bavarian Purity Law probably never traveled more than fifty miles from where they were born.  Of course they didn't like variety.


Ok, I don't agree that it should be the law. lemme just say that
 
2013-09-12 02:57:46 PM

wildbill0712: They misspelled Schlafly six times.

FTFY. Spelling aside, you are correct. (I heard the other the day that 1/10 of Schlafly's total volume and 1/3 their yearly profit comes from their pumpkin ale sales.)
 
2013-09-12 02:58:23 PM
Somehow I'm not surprised that the one they call the "bud light of pumpkin beers" is also the top seller.

I am surprised that they hated Southern Tier Pumking. Many craft beer fans like that one.

Talos: How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?


Are you limiting it to Budweiser style swill or perhaps to the Bavarian purity law? Why? Beer covers a huge range of styles and flavors. There are 75+ distinctive styles of beer and that includes some "catch all" styles that have enormous variance even within that style such as American strong ales or fruit beer or spice/herbal/vegetable beer. There are regional styles of beer that go back hundreds of years and may not even contain hops such as sahti.

Sure, let beer be beer.
 
2013-09-12 03:00:16 PM

patrick767: Somehow I'm not surprised that the one they call the "bud light of pumpkin beers" is also the top seller.

I am surprised that they hated Southern Tier Pumking. Many craft beer fans like that one.

Talos: How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?

Are you limiting it to Budweiser style swill or perhaps to the Bavarian purity law? Why? Beer covers a huge range of styles and flavors. There are 75+ distinctive styles of beer and that includes some "catch all" styles that have enormous variance even within that style such as American strong ales or fruit beer or spice/herbal/vegetable beer. There are regional styles of beer that go back hundreds of years and may not even contain hops such as sahti.

Sure, let beer be beer.


I think Pumking is great.  More a bready pumpkin flavor instead of the pumpkin pie that so many seem to aim for.  It's my neighbor's favorite too - he gets a case each year.
 
2013-09-12 03:04:32 PM
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2013-09-12 03:05:08 PM
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I like it, anyway.
 
2013-09-12 03:05:12 PM
Pumking is syrup.

Heretical syrup.
 
2013-09-12 03:06:46 PM
It's a trick list.

There are no good pumpkin beers.
 
2013-09-12 03:07:43 PM

Ker_Thwap: Pumpkin should be reserved for pies, with lots of sugar and whipped cream.  Absolutely nothing else, ever.


Pumpkin can be used in any recipe where you normally used a hard winter squash. For example, roasted:
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2013-09-12 03:08:01 PM
When the weather's hot and sticky
That's no time for dunkin' dickey,
But when the frost is on the pumpkin,
That's the time for dickey dunkin'.
 
2013-09-12 03:08:10 PM

guilt by association: Meh... Octoberfest > Pumpkin beers.  For fall, I buya few pints of Ayinger fest-märzen at Trader Joe's, and that's about it.



QFT.  I'm really looking forward to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.  Oktoberfest beers up to your eyeballs.
 
2013-09-12 03:08:19 PM

Talos: How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?


We tried that. We ended up with Bud Light.

Anyway...

Dogfish Head is okay, but Uinta's pumpkin beer is the best of the bunch.
 
2013-09-12 03:09:27 PM

MrJesus: Pumking is syrup.

Heretical syrup.


I seem to recall from the ingredient list that it's JUICE, actually. I could be wrong though; I only bought it once because my sister was in Germany and wanted to live vicariously through me. I thought I was going to hurl on the first swig (see aforementioned pumpkin hatred), but I got used to it by the end of the bottle. Still, no desire to try it again.
 
2013-09-12 03:12:50 PM
Southern Tier makes quite a few good high gravity beers.  I like how they make it to the West Coast too.  The PDX Mellow Mushroom always has a few of theirs on draft.
 
2013-09-12 03:13:04 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: wildbill0712: They misspelled Schlafly six times. FTFY. Spelling aside, you are correct. (I heard the other the day that 1/10 of Schlafly's total volume and 1/3 their yearly profit comes from their pumpkin ale sales.)


Crap, I should preview before chastising. I follow them on the book of faces, and the 1/10th of total volume was one of their reasons given for having to brew in August. Basically they would have to brew ONLY pumpkin for almost a month to get it done in season and not early. Several people complained about the August delivery. It made me a happy camper.
 
2013-09-12 03:16:06 PM
Yeah the only seasonal beer I like is Oktoberfest but that's not even really a seasonal beer. It only turned out that way because of how it was brewed. I don't want spices and weird shiat in my beer. I can't even find a real hefeweizen anymore that doesn't have orange zest and whatever other summertime crap people think should go in a light refreshing summer beer. No. I want real beer.


/admits to enjoying coffee stout as well, so yeah I guess there is one exception.
 
2013-09-12 03:16:20 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: Southern Tier's is the best I've tasted. I work at a bar and I am expected to be able to describe e the beer. I can usually say something nice about any beer. The toughest was Buckeye, a local dirt-cheap pilsner.

I finally settled on, "Imagine if the beer from The Simpsons was real."

Southern Tier Brewing Company is by far my favorite brand going right now. They never make a bad beer.
Their Pumking (ale) & Warlock (stout) are the best pumpkin beers you'll ever drink.

Harpoon makes a nice pumpkin stout as well.
 
2013-09-12 03:16:40 PM
Before people lose their shiat,

Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout

it looks like they stayed regionally focused in the Northeast.  Fine, out of that limited selection, the top six they chose probably weren't horrible choices.

I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent.  I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd.  The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.
 
2013-09-12 03:21:39 PM
I meant to post FTFA:

The beers we sampled, in order, were Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout.

Also, the trend this year is pumpkin stouts as opposed to pumpkin ales.  Definitely want to try the Warlock.  Elysian makes on too apparently.
 
2013-09-12 03:24:29 PM

Tomahawk513: guilt by association: Meh... Octoberfest > Pumpkin beers.  For fall, I buya few pints of Ayinger fest-märzen at Trader Joe's, and that's about it.


QFT.  I'm really looking forward to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.  Oktoberfest beers up to your eyeballs.


Sure, but with the general seasonal creep, it's when - mid-June?

Last night, I drank a Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat that was hiding in my fridge from last year. Tasted just fine, but didn't feel right when it was also 80 degrees outside.
 
2013-09-12 03:25:47 PM
Oh my gourd. The worst pumpkin beer I ever had was the Tampa Bay Gourd Gone Wild. It had vanilla as its finish, and left an aftertaste as if you drank from a bottle of vanilla extract!
 
2013-09-12 03:25:55 PM
I like pumpkin beers. So there.
 
2013-09-12 03:26:19 PM
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2013-09-12 03:27:46 PM
Blugh

My complaint about pumpkin flavored whatever: it doesn't taste like pumpkin, it tastes like pumpkin pie spice!
 
2013-09-12 03:30:11 PM
I love all the haters, more delicious beer for me.
 
2013-09-12 03:31:36 PM

SlothB77: I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent. I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd. The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.


I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.

For an even crazier time mix half a pint of their Creme Brulee (sp?) with Pumking
 
2013-09-12 03:33:11 PM

SlothB77: I meant to post FTFA:

The beers we sampled, in order, were Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout.

Also, the trend this year is pumpkin stouts as opposed to pumpkin ales.  Definitely want to try the Warlock.  Elysian makes on too apparently.


Just from the names in the list, I see 8 ales, 1 shandy, and 1 stout out of 16. How do the rest break down? I can't really see that as a trend towards stouts...
 
2013-09-12 03:34:00 PM

ghall3: SlothB77: I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent. I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd. The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.

I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.

For an even crazier time mix half a pint of their Creme Brulee (sp?) with Pumking


Oh dude, the Creme Brulee is excellent!  And something like 10% - not a joke beer at all.
 
2013-09-12 03:34:04 PM
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2013-09-12 03:36:28 PM
this year i'm gonna remember to sell my pumkin futures BEFORE holloween
 
2013-09-12 03:45:20 PM
Not yet?
www.barfology.com
 
2013-09-12 03:49:08 PM

brap: Vermont Crockery produces an exquisite Candycornweizen this time of year.

It is cheery and just cloyingly treaclish enough to make you stuggle long enough to wrestle with the subtle undertones of blargh that follow.  The mouth feel is amazingly dense and can only be described as back room of the Ramrodish in its depth and testicular brininess.


You make it sound delightful.
 
2013-09-12 03:53:21 PM
I was quite all right with the New Belgian offering last night. Curious add with the cranberry, but it worked.
 
2013-09-12 03:54:10 PM
I just wish this trend would carry over to other holidays. Turkey beer on thanksgiving, bagel beer on Hanukkah, some kind of fruity flavors for February, taco meat beer for Cinco de Mayo, etc... We just don't have enough varieties of beer.
 
2013-09-12 04:01:13 PM
There is already a fall seasonal beer style  - Oktoberfest / Märzen. Take your pumpkin and shove it up your ass.
 
2013-09-12 04:10:29 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: ghall3: SlothB77: I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent. I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd. The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.

I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.

For an even crazier time mix half a pint of their Creme Brulee (sp?) with Pumking

Oh dude, the Creme Brulee is excellent!  And something like 10% - not a joke beer at all.


Not a huge fan of the creme Brulee.. A little too thick, sweet, and cloying for me (although I applaud the effort).  Although oddly enough I like Young's double chocolate stout (or at least used to, its been about 5 years since the last one).

I used to like pumpkin beers then got a little burnt out on them after having one or two that tasted like pumpkin puree.  Might give a couple a shot this year. I have seen some of the pumpkin stouts but afraid that they might be more of the same though.

My favorite beer right now is a nicely balanced pale ale (pegged as an american pale ale (Fair-shake APA), but more like an english ESB) from the brewery 3 blocks away. Can't beat that for staying local :)
 
2013-09-12 04:10:41 PM

rka: jigger: I agree with the Germans. Don't put shiat like that in your beer. Grain, hops, yeast, and water and no more.

German brewing "wisdom" could never stay consistent with itself let alone be used to establish the end all be all of beer.

The Belgians rival them and they sure as hell use more ingredients than grain, hops, yeast and water.


You die. You die and you go to hell. And keep your Belgian "white malt" out of my beer.
 
2013-09-12 04:11:54 PM
Pumpkin beer = nasty.
 
2013-09-12 04:17:12 PM

rka: jigger: I agree with the Germans. Don't put shiat like that in your beer. Grain, hops, yeast, and water and no more.

German brewing "wisdom" could never stay consistent with itself let alone be used to establish the end all be all of beer.

The Belgians rival them and they sure as hell use more ingredients than grain, hops, yeast and water.


I've been to Germany many times.  Every time I've been, I've noticed the Germans drink nothing but Dutch beer.  Amstel and occasionally Heineken.

/saw one german wade through floodwaters to get his heineken
 
2013-09-12 04:24:52 PM

Evil Mackerel: Pumpkin beer = nasty.


Oh, it certainly can be.  The biggest issue I have with them is that they taste like pumpkin spice and not like actual pumpkin.

Every year I get a pint of one.  Just one.  That's about all I can handle.  I learned this a long time ago when someone gave me a case of Harpoon "Winter Warmer" as a gift.  The house was devoid of anything else and since it was after Christmas I was mostly broke.  Night after night I choked down every damned bottle of that dreck.  Had it been one a week, maybe a different outcome.  But it's where I learned that such things are novelty items and not intended to be consumed in mass quantities.
 
2013-09-12 04:25:38 PM

MBooda: /saw one german wade through floodwaters to get his heineken


Damn you for making me post this.
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2013-09-12 04:25:43 PM
Okay so i am not the only one who thinks that the person who wrote this article has no clue what a good pumpkin beer tastes like and is there for an idiot.

Southern Tier Pumpking, and Cigar City Good Gourd are typically two of the top rated pumpkin beers year in and year out.
 
2013-09-12 04:27:34 PM
Here's the thing.  Pumpkin tastes good. Pumpkin pie spice doesn't (unless its in pumpkin pie).  Flavor the farkin beer with pumpkin, leave out the motherfarkin nutsuckinmeg and stir the 500 gallon tanks with 1 farkin cinnamon stick.
 
2013-09-12 04:29:14 PM

Best Princess Celestia: Unoriginal_Username: Pumpkins are good for 3 things.
Jack -O-Lanterns
Shooting with a gun
Tossing with a catapult

That is it

4th: Cannon, pneumatic or combustion.


So noted.
4 things.
 
2013-09-12 04:31:22 PM
There's a place called Bastone by me that makes a great pumpkin porter.  I'm really hoping that they brew a batch of it this year.  Ichabod from New Holland is also a tasty pumpkin beer.
 
2013-09-12 04:45:04 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Best Princess Celestia: Unoriginal_Username: Pumpkins are good for 3 things.
Jack -O-Lanterns
Shooting with a gun
Tossing with a catapult

That is it

4th: Cannon, pneumatic or combustion.

So noted.
4 things.


...AND nice red uniforms - Oh damn!

/bet you didn't expect that
 
2013-09-12 04:52:14 PM

wildbill0712: They misspelled Schafly six times.

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Apparently, it's pretty easy to do.
 
2013-09-12 04:53:48 PM
I tend to agree that pumpkin beer is sort of a stupid concept but my wife just bought me some Redhook Pumpkin Porter and I like it well enough that I'm going drink the rest of the 6 pack on the weekend.
 
2013-09-12 04:57:00 PM
Blarg.  This list utterly fails without Pumpking.  So tired of everyone felating Dogfish Head every chance they get.  Souther Tier consistently makes awesome stuff--Dogfish, not so much.
 
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