I rarely write about beer on this site. My husband brews beer and has for longer than I've known him, so occasionally I'll mention something about that, but otherwise? Nah. I just don't have a whole lot to say about it.
Recently Bill brought home a 22 oz bottle of Southern Tier Brewing Company's Imperial Pumking Ale and shared it with me.
This is the time of year when plenty of breweries come out with a pumpkin spice beer or something along those lines. Every single one I've ever tried has tasted – pleasantly, usually – of the various spices that go into a pumpkin pie. Dried ginger, cloves, maybe some cinnamon, allspice. Tasty, yes, but, well, they're just spices.
Pumking Ale, however, is so much more.
It's "ALE BREWED WITH PUMPKINS."
And you can taste them. All of them.
One sip of this amazing brew and you could almost believe you're drinking a pumpkin pie.
A real pumpkin pie. With actual pumpkin in it.
You can taste the roasted pumpkin in this ale, and the texture, the mouthfeel, is creamy and custardy and pumpkiny – I found myself resisting the urge to chew.
And that's why I felt the need to write about it.
I also figured I'd check out their website first, and their list of beers is pretty interesting. There are their year-round offerings, seasonal beers, local, Imperial, and so on.
And then you should let me know about it.
Unfortunately, Lakewood is too far for us to just zip up there on a Saturday afternoon.
But I'm really curious. Intrigued, even.
And in the meantime, if you can locate some of this amazing beer, and if you are of legal age and don't have any addiction issues to contend with, then you MUST pour yourself a glass (or a goblet, if you have one). And see if you can resist the urge to chew.