I walked through Trader Joe’s recently, looking for a good Fall beer. I came across a pumpkin beer by Kennebunkport (or Federal Jack’s), which Trader Joe’s carries. Kennebunkport makes some great beers, including an IPA and a Vienna Lager which were both tasty – so, I figured it was worth a try (and at only $6, a steal). This Pumpkin was crisp, fresh and full of bright pumpkin flavor. It wasn’t as sweet as I expected it to be, but the cinnamon and nutmeg gave it a spicy bite, which was delightful.
If you’re ever in Trader Joe’s – pick up some of this brewery’s beer; it’s very inexpensive and the full flavor will surprise you.
New Holland Brewery had a Pumpkin Ale with a whimsical label (The Headless Horseman), so I had to try it. This beer is called “Ichabod Ale” and it embodies all that is Fall! The body is a little thin, but it has a spicy pumpkin pie flavor that makes up for it! If you think “pumpkin pie beer” isn’t for you – don’t miss out by not giving this beer a shot, it has all of the crisp spiciness without tasting like real dessert!
When looking at this brewery’s website, I see they distill as well! If you’re more into liquor, you may want to try their “Double Down Barley Whiskey” – and make sure to let me know how it tastes!
Ah Fall – that wonderful time of year again that brings cooler weather, changing leaves, the smell of roasted marshmallows around outdoor campfires – and Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale! I LOVE THIS BEER! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Dogfish fan, and this Punkin is one of my favorite seasonal brews. Tonight, I picked up a four pack and lavished myself with this spicy treat! Rich with spices like pumpkin (yes, you probably guessed that), cinnamon, clove and nutmeg – the first sip will have you reveling in the joy of the Fall season! My only complaint about this beer is that it doesn’t come in a sixer! 😦
Cheers and Happy Fall!!