Southern Tier Pumking has already hit shelves again in 2019. In reality, it started hitting shelves in mid-July, alongside the brewery’s pumpkin stout, Warlock. Pumking is easily one of the most unique (and highly debated) pumpkin beer across craft beer since debuting in 2007.
The 9% strong ale is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and allspice. Each sip is an over-the-top fall beer that tastes like biting into pumpkin pie (crust included). Much to the chagrin of beer drinkers and their social media hatred of beer seasonal creep, Pumking really is the king one thing – it’s always the first pumpkin beer on shelves every season for the past few years. The brewery has not said if that helps beer sales or not.
In 2015, Pumking also shipped 12-ounce bottles, making the imperial pumpkin ale a little more manageable if you are flying solo.
In 2014, the brewery added Southern Tier Rum Aged Pumking,
Southern Tier Pumking is available in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, and draft through the fall.
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Draft. 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: Late July 2019
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Lower calorie craft beers will trend in 2019. Actually, they are already starting to do so. Emerging examples include Harpoon Rec League, and upcoming Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Low Cal IPA. Tack on another one, Southern Tier Swipe Light.
The name, a play on dating app Tinder’s famous “Swipe Right”, Swipe Light is a pale ale that is just 110 calories and 4% alcohol by volume. Southern Tier describes it as light in color and bitterness, but high in flavor.
Expect Southern Tier Swipe Light in 12-ounce cans and draft starting in March 2019.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March 2019
Southern Tier Cinnamon Roll has debuted going into November, for those needing a little dessert beer by the fireside.
Dessert-style beers have done quite well for the Lakewood, New York-based brewery. Choklat (featuring Belgian chocolate) Salted Caramel, Thick Mint (echoing the Girl Scout cookie) and the big daddy dessert beer – Creme Brûlée all grace the lineup. In mid-November, tack on a cinnamon bun inspired beer to the lineup.
The base beer features blend of toasted malts, cinnamon, and a touch of lactose milk sugar for a sweet, creamy finish.
In this brew, lightly toasted malts with subtly spicy hops blend into cinnamon avors and creamy lactose sugar. Their coalescence is so uncannily close to fresh baked cinnamon rolls that it was impossible to name this beer anything other than Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale! Pairs perfectly with eggs benedict at brunch, after dinner, or next to the re for an unforgettable nightcap.
Southern Tier Cinnamon Roll is now available in late-October in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and draft.
Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking, a variant of one of the most well-known pumpkin beers, has started hitting shelves.
The mere mention of Pumking will typically get a strong “love it” or “hate it” reaction. Either way, it’s hard to doubt this pumpkin beer has made quite an impression on the beer scene. In addition to this coffee variant, Rum Barrel Pumking is also a part of the fall lineup.
Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is created in a few steps. First, the brewery mashed in the grains at a higher temperature in order to leave a little residual sweetness to pair better with the coffee flavor.
Once fermentation was completed the beer was cold crashed to 32 degrees, and 150 pounds of cold pressed coffee from local roaster Stedman’s was added. Incidentally, the brewery pressed the coffee themselves.
In the end, the coffee adds nutty and cocoa flavors to Pumking’s strong pumpkin and pie crust flavors. Most folks have tried the base beer, Pumking – easily one of the boldest pumpkin beers out there. The coffee presence is strong but really strikes a balance with the pumpkin flavors, almost muting them a bit. Cold Press Pumking truly is pumpkin pie served with a cup of coffee.
Due to the infusion, this beer does have traces of caffeine.
Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is a limited draft and 12-ounce bottle offering.
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