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
Hi-Wire King Cake 10W-40, a Mardi Gras-themed imperial stout returns as February winds down.
2022 seems to be flying by already. It’s Mardi Gras, Lent starts on Wednesday, and you can almost see summer from here. While Hi-Wire Brewing’s 10W-40 Imperial Stout evolves constantly throughout the year, a few favorites to make seasonal appearances – namely the King Cake 10W-40 Imperial Stout.
Stating the obvious, the imperial stout mimics the famous New Orleans King Cake – basically, a coffee cake blended with a cinnamon roll, covered in Mardi Gras colors. The stout is specifically brewed with lactose, vanilla beans, cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate.
Hi-Wire King Cake 10W-40 Imperial Stout is available for a limited time in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Latest Return: Late February 2022
Hi-Wire Gingerbread 10W-40 drops today, the latest in a creative line of imperial stouts from the Asheville, North Carolina brewery.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Ginger. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans.
Orpheus Brewing Constructing Eternity Out of Discount Ruins, an imperial stout debuting as a part of the brewery’s “Year 7” Anniversary.
The base beer is an imperial stout, brewed with vanilla and coffee, aged in bourbon barrels.
The stillness feels the air and shudders. Toiling through the hulking gate from now to always now, extant riches burning so we venerate the ashes. The oppressive sound of nothing dampens drifting calculations, but broken thoughts entwine when creeping darkness has no alibi. Constructing eternity out of discount ruins, engulfed in all that’s real to me, which takes me home amidst morass to see through smoke and ash the brief infinity we built.
Orpheus Brewing Constructing Eternity Out of Discount Ruins will be available in 12.7 ounce bottles on September 3rd.
MORE: Orpheus Year 7 Releases
Orpheus Brewing Extant Riches Burning So We Venerate the Ashes is an imperial stout, debuting as a part of the brewery’s “Year 7” Anniversary.
The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with bananas, cinnamon and vanilla beans, aged in bourbon barrels.
The story of Orpheus is a story of rebirth, first in his journey into and out of Hades, and finally in the transmigration of his soul into the body of a swan. We pay tribute to this rebirth with every beer we put into barrels, to be transformed by its time in the wood and reborn as something new.
Extant Riches Burning So We Venerate the Ashes will be available in 12.7oz bottles on September 3rd.
MORE: Orpheus Year 7 Releases
Founders KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa a new variant of the brewery’s famed Kentucky Breakfast Stout debuts in November.
For years, the ‘Ides of March’ brought the seasonal release of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, aka KBS. Like everything in beer brewing, things change. Founders shifted KBS to year-round status and started releasing variants of the venerable stout.
…the sumptuous, deep coffee and chocolate flavors of KBS rise to the next level with a swirl of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla to create a sweet-but-not-too-sweet barrel-aged drinking experience. It’s a whole new spin on KBS that’s sure to sweeten your spirits.
Joining Founders KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa will also be the return of KBS Espresso. Both will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft across the brewery’s distribution starting in November 2021.
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