Southern Tier Pumking is usually the first pumpkin beer to hit shelves, typically right after Independence Day. You typically see it on shelves alongside the brewery’s pumpkin stout, Warlock. Pumking is one of the boldest (and highly debated) pumpkin beers 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: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: July 2023
NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale will make its seasonal appearance on August 13th. This North Carolina brewed pumpkin ale touts 100+ pounds of organic sugar and caramelized brown sugar, freshly cracked spices, and 42 pounds of pumpkin.
The recipe started as head brewer Chad Henderson’s homebrew recipe more than a decade ago. (At one point he told Beer Street Journal a giant pumpkin was involved in the process, either in brewing or tapping. Never did get clarity.) NoDa Gordgeous has been a fall offering each year since debuting in 2013.
NoDa Gordgeous is available in 16-ounce cans (4 packs) and draft as an early fall seasonal.
6.4% ABV, 29 IBUs
Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro is on the way.
Simply known as Milk Stout, Left Hand’s year-round offering is iconic in American craft beer. This month, that silky smooth icon has a new exotic sibling – Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro. The brewery teased the fresh cans this week.
The brewery chose a custom blend of ginger and cloves that melds well with the sweetness of their Milk Stout.
“It was such a favorite, we decided to share it with all of our nitro-loving beer fans as the newest beer in our nitro can series. The chai spice mixture is brewed in-house and gives the whole brewery an intoxicating aroma on brew day.”
Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro is now available in 16-ounce nitro cans for a limited time.
5% ABV, 22 IBUs
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The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping will be the 10th release in the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Series.
A decade ago, Placentia, California based The Bruery debuted the first in a line of 12 Beers brewed in honor of nearly 250-year-old “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. The first beer should be obvious – A Partridge in a Pear Tree, a Belgian strong dark brewed with spices.
Each year, the style has varied, from Two Turtle Doves to this year’s coming release – The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping.
In lieu of 10 Lords, the brewery has 10 spices “leaping” into this seasonal release. The lineup includes coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace, anise, dried apples, and cloves.
Wassail is known for warmth and spices. The tenth verse of our Twelve Beers of Christmas™ saga goes leaps and bounds beyond a traditional winter warmer, drawing inspiration from the dark, spiced ales from Belgium and our love for experimental brewing in SoCal. 10 Lords-A-Leaping is a dark imperial wit ale featuring 10 different spices… which complement the spiced notes imparted from the yeast and prance upon the rich, dark-fruited character of the specialty malts.
The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping will be a 750-milliliter release.
9 Ladies Dancing – Tiramisu Inspired Strong Ale (2016)
8 Maids-A-Milking – Imperial Milk Stout (2015)
7 Swans-A-Swimming – Belgian-style quadrupel (2014)
6 Geese-A-Laying – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with cape gooseberries (2013)
5 Golden Rings – Golden Ale, with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pineapple (2012)
4 Calling Birds – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with gingerbread spices (2011)
3 French Hens – Belgian-style Dark Ale, partial French oak aged (2010)
2 Turtles Doves – Belgian-style Dark/Porter Blend, with pecans and cocoa nibs (2009)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Belgian-style dark ale with candi sugar (2008)
Carolina Bauernhaus Mulleficent, collaboration with nearby Brewery 85, debuts on April 1st.
The base beer is a golden sour ale fermented in oak, and blended with 800 pounds of Upstate South Carolina apples. Organic ginger, cinnamon and clove were also added, giving Carolina Bauernhaus Mulleficent mulled cider taste.
This bright golden has hints of apple skins and a bright tartness that finishes with a refreshing dryness and a subtle hint of spice.
Carolina Bauernhaus Mulleficent will be available in 750 mililiter bottles when the brewery opens on April 1st.
Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 is back in action for the season, and for the first time – cans. This sour is basically Thanksgiving dinner in your mouth.
The Decatur, Georgia based brewery kicked off the Sour Asylum Series with Sour Asylum 1, a Lactobacillus kettle soured beer fermented with the brewery’s house lager yeast.
The second edition took that beer a step further with the addition of cranberry juice, cinnamon and clove. A perfect Thanksgiving sour beer. They call it “Cranberry Sauced” for a reason.
At this point, Three Taverns is at capacity. This is preventing them from putting another release into full production right now. With what little time they have to spare, the brewery is launching a taproom only series of can releases.
Cranberry Sauced is the second in our new series of lacto-fermented sour ales. Spiced with cranberry juice, cinnamon, and clove in the fermenter, and balanced by a pleasing acidity from the lactobacillus strain added to the kettle, this unique beer is your perfect companion to the Thanksgiving season.
Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 is on tap the brewery starting today, September 1st. You’ll find it on tap in market in October.
Latest Return: November, 2016
Three Taverns Feest Noel, the Decatur, Georgia based brewery’s Christmas offering, returns this week.
Brewery founder Brian Purcell always had a vision for this beer – family. Something that echoed the flavor of this (coming) time of the year, meant to be drank with family and friends. After a few dozen bottles of this big seasonal, we think Purcell and his team have done it.
This Belgian-style quadrupel uses dark roasted malts, imported Belgian dark candy sugar, and spiced accents of cardamom, allspice and cloves. Make this rich ale a part of your holiday celebration.
Three Taverns Feest Noel is available in 750 milliliter bottles, and draft.
10% ABV, 30 IBUs