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Some People Carve Pumpkins. Smart people drink ‘em.

We have NO IDEA why this pumpkin is smiling. His entire family was just made into BEER.

Whoever first thought of making beer out of pumpkins was a freakin’ genius. So we guess the more recent genius award goes to the makers of Buffalo Bill’s Original Pumpkin Ale, who revived the concept way back in the eighties, basing their methods on those of another genius who was hard at work in the eighties. The SEVENTEEN eighties. Yes, while he was busy making a country called America and growing hemp for fun and profit, it seems old George was busy making pumpkin beer too. But even George Washington wasn’t the first. While pumpkin beer may still be relatively unknown to Europeans, Americans have been making ale with pumpkins since the days of the settlers, according to this extensive history of pumpkin beer at Serious Eats. But who cares about the past, that’s where all of last year’s pumpkin ale lives, and pumpkin ale is all about fresh spices, rich fall color, and autumn crispness. Below are a few of our pumpkin offerings for 2011. stop by the store while they’re fresh! Or AVAILABLE for that matter. As always, supplies on seasonals are limited.

Woodchuck Private
Reserve Pumpkin
From the producer: Every once in a while you know you stumble upon something glorious. That something just so happens to be our Private Reserve Pumpkin. We have combined our signature taste with a refreshing pumpkin finish. Limited to just two and half hours on the production line this is a true connoisseur’s cider. since Woodchuck has always, and only, been made from apples (not wheat, barley or rye) none of our cider varieties have ever contained gluten. Further, we have all our ciders tested by an independent lab and we maintain a completely gluten free facility. See this YouTube clip by Woodchuck for more $12.99/6-Pack
Screamin Pumpkin
Michigan Brewing Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale
This is not just plain old pumpkin, this is a dynamic brew with some depth. Lightly toasted grains up front, moving into rich caramel and molasses that provide for a base laced with clove, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sort of like a pumpkin pie with a ginger snap molasses cookie crust. Probably lighter-bodied than you might expect for a brew with this much going on. $9.99/6-Pack
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bill’s Original
Pumpkin Ale
This ale is pumpkin all the way, and not nearly as spicy as many other pumpkin beers, so if you’re looking for that dazzling array of autumn spices and complexity, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a smooth, simpler, slightly sweet brew with fewer dynamics, it’s a great alternative. From the producer: An amber style ale, originally brewed by George Washington, brewed with fresh roasted pumpkins, malted barley. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are added. ##/##
Pumking Imperial Pumpkin
Southern Tier Pumking
Imperial Pumpkin Ale
The producer’s description is better than any review WE could offer: Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly. $5.99/650ML
Posted By:Admin October 16, 2011

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