One of America’s best selling pumpkin beers is back for 2014 -Dogfish Head Punkin. While pumpkin ales started showing up as early as July 1st, Dogfish Head specifically instructed distributors to hold this beer until this week.
The artwork is a little different this year, featuring the artwork of Jermaine Rogers. His bold artwork adorns the brewery’s four seasonals, Aprihop, Festina Peche, Punkin and soon – Piercing Pils.
Dogfish Punkin Ale is available in 12oz-4 packs and draft.
7% ABV, 28 IBUs
Wild Honey. That’s what Bayou Teche Biere’s Miel Sauvage means when you translate it. The brew uses local Louisiana honey from the brewery’s neighbor Bernard Apiaries. Sauvage is inspired by French farmhouse breweries making Biere de Mel or honey beers.
Miel Sauvage is Cajun French for wild honey and our Biere de Miel is fermented with honey from our neighbor, Bernard’s Apiaries and with barley imported from France. This mahogany colored beer has a pronounced honey aroma and is barrel aged to contribute a smooth vanilla oakiness..
Bayou Teche Miel Sauvage is available in 22oz bombers, and draft.
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Late summer/Fall seasonal.
Heavy Seas (Baltimore, MD) Great’ER Pumpkin returns to shelves in a few weeks, to all 18 states to which the brewery currently ships.
A few years ago (more than 4 maybe?) Hugh Sisson gave us a taste of his bourbon barrel aged pumpkin beer he was trying to perfect. Instantly we knew it was the start of a great seasonal release. From the Mutiny Fleet, to the new Uncharted Waters Series, Great’ER Pumpkin has gained popularity with each release.
Heavy Seas Great’ER Pumpkin will be available starting in September, through October. Or… however fast it sells out. 22oz bombers, and draft.
Three years ago, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Boulevard Brewing Company created Terra Incognita, a special offering for SAVOR, a a Brewers Association beer and food event. The beer was so much fun to make, the two breweries released it again in 2013, this time with Brettanomyces yeast.
The 2014 edition does not include wild yeast, but let us assure you after trying it right after bottling, it’s better than you can imagine. This year is a 55% blend of wine barrel ale, 32% bourbon barrel aged ale, and 13% fresh ale. The base beer is a hoppy, imperial brown ale.
“The base beer is a roasty, hopped-up brown ale that evolves in such interesting ways when it spends time in wine and whiskey barrels,” said Sierra Nevada Head Brewer Steve Dresler. “We hosted Boulevard at our Chico brewery and together tasted various blending ratios until we had a final beer that captivated us. We imagine craft beer drinkers will be similarly impressed.”
Sierra Nevada/Boulevard Brewing Terra Incognita will be available in 750 ml bottles for a limited time.
Both of Southern Tier Brewing Company‘s (Lakewood, NY) pumpkin offerings are on shelves now, Pumking (before July 4th) and Warlock Imperial Stout. Warlock made its debut just last year as a darker counterpart to their popular pumpkin favorite.
Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own & also to counterpoint our Imperial Ale Pumking. Make your own black magic by carefully pouring this imperial stout into a goblet.
Southern Tier Warlock is available in 22oz bombers and draft
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Duclaw Brewing’s Mad Bishop Oktoberfest returns on July 30th, 2014. Bishop is the brewery’s light bodied fester, celebrating the coming of fall.
Mad Bishop, one of our most popular seasonal brews, has been haunting the congregation with its distinct copper color, rich toasted malt flavor and aroma, and 5.8% abv since it was first brewed in 1996. This true German-style Oktoberfest combines complex aromas and flavors of sweet and toasted malt, a smooth mouthfeel created by an 8 week lagering process, and a clean, crisp finish for a sermon that’s easy to swallow.
Duclaw Mad Bishop will be available starting July 30th at the brewery’s various locations.
Hops: Hallertau, Tettnang
Malts: Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich Malt, Melanoidin Malt
5.8% ABV, 30 IBUs
If you were to ask me what one of the biggest anomalies/confusions to consumers in craft beer is, I’d say it would be pumpkin beers showing up in July. It makes perfect sense that people are a little confused too. It’s 90-100 degrees outside. You’re sunburned from the pool, football preseason is more than a month away. It’s grill weather not fall.
However, that doesn’t stop these beers (which typically are really popular) from hitting shelves. Some of the most popular in the category -Terrapin’s Pumpkinfest, Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and now Southern Tier’s Pumking are now available.
Most of these beers are big, 8% and higher so they will definitely keep until it feels right. Either way, just like the last three Julys – these big beers are here.
Style: Pumpkin Beer
Hops: Sterling, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel,
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Draft.