Pumpkin Beer Is Not For Everyone Part One


The pumpkin beer taste testing did not go over as well as I thought it would. We tried seven different pumpkin beers that actually make my stomach sick. I have to admit, it is definitely an acquired taste.

Friends Drinking Beer

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Since most of my friends thought I was nuts trying out different pumpkin beers, I was only able to have three judges on my panel. Do you think its nuts that I wanted to try pumpkin beer? I thought it would be something different to taste and write about. Would you still have had a taste testing with three people? I thought if I waited any longer to have the testing the other two judges would of backed out of it too.

First was Al Wozniak, who is a 25-year-old street foreman for the village of Burton. He is by no means a beer coinsure, but was willing to give pumpkin beer a try. He usually drinks Yuengling, Bud Light, Bush or Coors Light.

Next was my friend Madison Miranda, who is a 25-year-old graduate from Kent State University. She isn’t a big drinker, but she agreed to help me out since all my friends backed out. Madison prefers sweet drinks or wines over beer or sour/bitter tasting drinks.

Last was me. I have never tried pumpkin beer before, but I figured for the sake of my blog I would give it a shot. I am a 28-year-old former bartender who loves trying new stuff, especially when it comes to alcohol. I now work at beverage store, so instead of making drinks all day, I talk about booze all day. Definitely a change of pace as compared to the last couple of years.

The lineup of Pumpkin beer is as follows:

Name

Brewery

Price pre bottle

Ounces

ABV

Al

Madison

Me (Katie)

1.

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Blue Moon Brewing Company

$1.79

12oz

5.7%

4

3

3

2.

Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing Company

$8.99

22oz

8.6%

6

6

6

3.

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

New Holland Brewing Company

$2.29

12oz

5.2%

5

5

5

4.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Brooklyn Brewery

$1.99

12oz

5%

1

1

1

5.

Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

$2.99

12oz

7%

2

4

4

6.

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub*

$2.19

12oz

5%

7

7

7

7.

St- Ambroise Pumpkin Ale

Brasserie McAuslan Brewery

$2.99

12oz

5%

3

2

2

*It’s so new that I couldn’t even find the specifics of the beer on their website.

We ranked the beers on the best (which I labeled as number 1) to the worst (which I labeled as number 7). We all had different opinions on what we tasted and why we picked the numbers we did for the different beers.

Since there is so much to write about what happened, I will be continuing this post in to my next post. To Be Continued….

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!

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4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Beer Is Not For Everyone Part One

  1. Hi Katie,

    I am in Professor Ewing’s PR class.
    Since you, Al and Madison had never tried pumpkin ale before, I think it would be interesting if you could find somebody who has developed an acquired taste for pumpkin ale and have them rate the same beers. I wonder how different their opinion would be from you and your friends. I like your blog!

  2. I agree with this article. Just because you like alcohol, doesn’t mean everyone is gonna like the same things. In my opinion, in order to like pumpkin beer you would have to like foods that contain pumpkin. I feel like it is an acquired taste.

  3. It is pretty nuts to try out pumpkin beer, the name itself sounds horrible. I wouldnt be able to do this testing because im not a fan of beer. Even though the drink sounds awful i would have love to be there to see the faces of the taste testers to see how they would react when drinking the beer. I give the taste testers credit for even trying this because i know i would have thrown up drinking that beer.

  4. I love the fact that you experiment with new types of beers. I, myself, like to say that I’m quite of the experimenter of various types of beers. I actually tried a Banana bread beer, which was disgusting and extremely sweet, but I do not believe that has laid a hindrance to my experimental tendencies. Being a college student I first, just like all students, started drinking natty light and the cheap stuff, but now that my pallet has grown I can hardly drink Bud Light. But, as far as pumpkin beer, I will most definitely give that a shot! With the season of thanksgiving quickly approaching the spirit to try season beers is here. I find your other blog posts extremely entertaining and I’m certainly glad my teacher assigned me to a blog about beer! This was a class assignment, but I will most assuredly be reading your blog from this point forward. Very insightful and entertaining, Look forward to seeing new recommendations in the future! Thanks.

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