Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy (beery) Halloween!

It’s been a crazy weekend—we had a birthday sleepover and a relatively major power outage going on, in addition to the holiday—but I couldn’t let Halloween go by without at least mentioning it. Hopefully you have an appropriately-themed beer in hand, as well (I’ll likely be having some Sam Adams Chocolate Bock at some point—a nice chocolatey treat). I also have another Pumpkin Beer Week review to post (see above reasons for falling behind), so … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

I found Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale at Trader Joe’s, and I have to admit I’m a bit confused by the pedigree of this beer. It is ostensibly brewed by Kennebunkport Brewing Company, but a closer read on the fine print reveals “Hand brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing LLC.” Alan Pugsley is of course the brewmaster at Shipyard Brewing, responsible for Shipyard Pumpkin Ale and Smashed Pumpkin, so this makes sense. Then we veer into left … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Links & events

A roundup of links and events I’ve been coming across, both pumpkin-themed and (at least one) Halloween-themed: Cambridge Brewing Company is featuring their 3rd annual Great Pumpkin Festival coming up this Saturday, the 30th. Sounds like it’s the east coast version of Elysian’s Pumpkin Beer Festival (and Elysian is one of the guest breweries at CBC’s event), and CBC will be offering up 8 of their own pumpkin beers (among which are a “Barrel-aged Wild … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Deschutes Pompion

I’ve been eagerly awaiting for Deschutes Brewery to put their first ever pumpkin ale on tap, and today was the day! I was able to get down there just after work to enjoy an inaugural pint, and take a few notes for a review. They’re serving Pompion (the old word for “pumpkin” in colonial days) on nitro, which lends it an incredibly creamy, smooth body and texture. It’s 40 IBUs and 6.8% alcohol by volume, … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Dogfish Punkin Ale (2010)

Yes, I reviewed Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale last year, and I couldn’t let a Pumpkin Beer Week go by without revisiting this beer again. This 7% beer is brewed with pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices, and is one of the pumpkin beers that reviewers and beer geeks always seem to cite as a good example of the style. As with all Dogfish beers, there’s a story behind it: Punkin Ale is named after a locally-famous … Continue reading →