The newest Terrapin seasonal has arrived! Pumpkinfest debuted last year as a part of Terrapin’s Side Project bomber series. In it’s sophomore release — this pumpkin beer gets promoted to seasonal.
If you don’t know Terrapin’s head brewer Spike Buckowski, Spike favors German brewing styles and ingredients. In the recent collaboration “Monstre Rouge” brewed with Belgian brewery De Proef you’ll find extra rye malt. Rye malt is a favored ingredient in German style Roggenbier. Pumpkinfest is a hybrid brew of a German oktoberfest style lager, and pumpkin ale.
Brewed with a mix of Vienna and Munich malts, and Vanguard and Hallertau hops. Spike Buckhowski (Head Brewer/ Co-founder) chose these particular hops, because they have a more bitter character and less aroma. In addition to these malts/hops, Spike whipped up a whirlpool of spices, including ginger, allspice, and ground clove. (Starting to sound like pumpkin pie?) The spices are heated, but not boiled. Boiling the spices raises the potential for unwanted flavors to enter into the brew. The coup de grace of this fest ale is the 1 lb of pumpkin used per barrel.
Food Pairings: Jerk Chicken & Sweet potato fries. Thanksgiving dinner, aged gouda & jalapeno jack cheeses.
Availability: 12oz/6pks, Draft. Seasonal, following Sunray each year.