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
Avery Brewing’s rum barrel aged pumpkin beer, Rumpkin, is slated to return on September 28th. It looks like that isn’t the only barrel aged pumpkin beer from Avery this year.
Avery’s Barrel Aged Series is damn near legendary, featuring sours alongside bourbon imperial stouts. Avery PumKYn looks to join that line up, a Kentucky bourbon barrel aged porter with a smattering of fall spices.
What’s in a name? Sometimes the simplest can be the most descriptive, and in this case, derisive and divisive! After much internal debate (ad nauseum! Bourb[KY]n, anyone?), we decided a single letter change was the best way to embody the bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter.
Avery PumKYn will be available in 12oz bottles.
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.
Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, GA) is ready to ship their 3rd release in the Special Reserve Series, Imperial Pumpkin Porter.
A departure from the brewery’s other pumpkin offering, Pumpkinfest, Imperial Pumpkin Porter starts with a porter beer as a base. From there, the beer is then nuanced with a plethora of spices – nutmeg, clove, ginger, and of course, pumpkin. The result is what “Spike” calls, luscious.
Terrapin Imperial Pumpkin Porter follows inaugural release White Chocolate Moo-Hoo, and Cinnamon Roll’d W-n-B. In the video above, Spike discloses the next two offerings, MooHoo-ciato (chocolate milk porter with coffee), and French Toast Wake n Bake. (Think breakfast.) Those two will round out the Special Reserve Series in 2014.
There are about 10,000 bottles of Imperial Pumpkin Porter headed into the wild. Be on the lookout starting this week.
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.