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.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale will hit the brewery’s visitor center on July 17th, 2014. You should see it on shelves shortly after.
The brewery states that since demand is so high, the brewery has not only had to increase production, but move it up in production schedule.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin joins Terrapin’s Pumpkinfest, and Southern Tier’s Pumking on shelves halfway through the summer. (Don’t be surprised at this point, this is the third year in a row.)
Style: Pumpkin Beer
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. July- November, Seasonal.
With July 4th weekend barely in the rear view mirror, fall is already on the way from craft breweries. Terrapin Beer Company’s (Athens, GA) Pumpkinfest 2014 has already been bottled.
Fest is a fusion of an oktoberfest meets pumpkin beer.A whirlpool of spices are used to create Pumpkinfest, including ginger, allspice, and ground clove. . The finishing touch is the 1 lb of pumpkin used per 31 gallons of this brew.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Fall Seasonal
6.1% ABV, 23 IBUs
pic via Terrapin