Category Archives: Theme Week

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 →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Pumpkin brews in the news

I don’t know if there’s been some sort of “pumpkin beer tipping point” this year, but it seems like there are a lot more pumpkin beer-related stories in the news that I remember in years past. At least, that’s judging by my Google News Alerts that hit my email inbox each day; empirically I want to say there’s at least one, sometimes two news stories a day about pumpkin brews. A quick Google News search … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Midnight Sun TREAT

Up to this point most pumpkin beers I’ve had have been pretty “normal”: the usual variations on the pale-amber base, with spices. The ones deviating from that norm have tended towards the “Imperial” range, like yesterday’s Pumking, or Shipyard’s Smashed Pumpkin or Dogfish’s Punkin Ale. I suppose the commercial availability of other varieties just don’t make it into Central Oregon. Of course, that changes with Midnight Sun Brewing’s TREAT, which they are billing as an … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week: Imperial Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing has been showing up in limited quantities here in Central Oregon lately, but those have been (mostly) confined to their limited Imperial Stout series; the one you all know I really wanted to try for quite awhile was their Imperial Pumking: Pumking is an ode to PĂșca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. PĂșca is said to waylay travelers throughout the … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Beer Week 2010

I’ve been blogging a bunch about pumpkin beer for much of this month already as a lead-in to Pumpkin Beer Week (and I’ll probably be blogging about pumpkin beers after this week as well)—the follow-up to the original Pumpkin Beer Week I ran way back in 2007 (one of the first Theme Weeks here). I’ve been picking up pumpkin beers as I’ve found them, and in addition to the new reviews I’ll be revisiting some … Continue reading →