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
Just when you thought you’ve seen pumpkin everything as fall rolls around, just wait. Bud Light Pumpkin Spice Hard Seltzer hits shelves September 6th.
This hard seltzer mimics Starbucks infamous “PSL,” featuring flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. If that’s not enough, this seasonal flavor is joined by Toasted Marshmallow, Maple Pear, and previously released Apple Crisp. Each dressed in a flannel laden fall variety pack.
This summer, Bud Light debuted a Red, White, & Blue “Retro Summer” seltzer variety pack with Cherry Limeade, Blue Raspberry, and Summer Ice. All three were fairly sweet, but the Blue Raspberry was the clear winner there.
In the past few weeks we have seen some weird Frankenstein-like beverage announcements, including Hard Mtn Dew, brewed with the help of Boston Beer Company, and Flamin’ Hot Mtn Dew, a non-alcoholic, spicy, mostly likely gut slaughtering soda debuting online today.
Bud Light Pumpkin Spice Hard Seltzer and all its fall buddies are 5% alcohol by volume, 100 calories per can.
Whether or not you want to drink drink it in public is up to you.
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
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 2020
Big Boss Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale is available for the first time in cans; incidentally the brewery’s first canned offering ever.
Like so many American craft breweries across the United States, glass is dying. Can demand continues to grow. Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing is ready to make a jump to aluminum this fall, not with their IPA, but with a seasonal.
Big Boss Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and a secret blend of spices (no, this isn’t a fried chicken recipe). The brewery touts this release as a beer “that still tastes like beer”. After 10 years this release is still one of Big Boss Brewing’s most requested seasonal releases.
Big Boss Harvest Time is available in 16-ounce cans and draft while supplies
Style: Pumpkin Beer
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: Late September 2018
One of the biggest pumpkin beers out there, Avery Rumpkin has returned again ahead of fall 2018.
“A pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” That was the general idea when creating the Avery Rumpkin recipe. Besides pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin is brewed with nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon, then aged in rum barrels.
Rum barrels have been a big leaking issue for Avery in the past. If a barrel leaks, you beer killing oxygen getting in, or other off-flavors introduced into the beer. Over the past 7 years, the brewery has lost between 30% & 40% of the batches. To fix this issue, the brewery has flown in professional coopers in the past from France to restore the rum barrels before Rumpkin rested in the wood.
The 2018 edition of Avery Rumpkin debuts on August 20th.
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