Pumpkin Beer Is Not For Everyone Part Two

A beer and a pumpkin

Photo courtesy of Craftbeer.com

Al, Madison and I had very different opinions on how the beers tasted and what we thought of them. I am going to run down what the brewers said about their beers and what we felt about the beers.

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale: It is an amber-colored ale that is brewed with a bounty of fall favors like vine-ripened pumpkin, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Together with a touch of wheat, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale has a smooth, lightly spiced finish. It pairs well with beef dishes and seasonal soups.*

Al’s opinion: “It’s not terrible but it gives you an aluminum taste in the back of your mouth after a second.”

Madison’s opinion: “No smell.”

My opinion: “There is a bit of a pumpkin skin after taste and kind of waxy.”

Pumking: It 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 which they 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.**

Al’s opinion: “Someone made pumpkin pie with water and made this beer.”

Madison’s opinion: “It’s like someone scooped out the entire pumpkin pie filling and mad a beer with the leftovers.”

My opinion: “After you take a sip the taste hits you immediately and you can breathe out the flavor.”

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale: Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables.***

Al’s opinion: “Not that great.”

Madison’s opinion: “Slight pumpkin taste.”

My opinion: “Tastes like lightly fermented pumpkin bread.”

Post Road Pumpkin Ale: This beer is available at the beginning of August through November. Pumpkins are blended with barley malt. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch; creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuit malt center and crisp finish. It pairs well with holiday dinning.****

Al’s opinion: “Not bad. Tastes like a sweet light beer.”

Madison’s opinion: “Has a nuttier flavor with a slight nutty after taste.”

My opinion: “Smells like roasted pumpkin seeds.”

Punkin Ale: A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. It is released right around September first each year. It pairs well with turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing and dessert dumplings.*****

Al’s opinion: “I like this one. It’s better than the rest we tasted.”

Madison’s opinion: “The after taste stays with you and then it tastes pumpkinish.”

My opinion: “No smell really. A weird twang taste when you first take a sip.”

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale: Nothing on their Website to reference to because it’s too new to post the facts about. You can find opinions about the beer on other Websites but I’m not posting anything that doesn’t come straight from the brewery.

Al’s opinion: “It’s sweet and cinnamonish and tastes like ass.”

Madison’s opinion: “The molasses over powers the spices.”

My opinion: “Smells line cinnamon and you can taste the molasses.”

St- Ambroise Pumpkin Ale: It just brewed once a year in the fall and distributes a limited amount. It embodies a blend of pale and caramel malt, hops and spices. It’s an original taste made by original people.******

Al’s opinion: “After you let it sit for a while there is a weird taste in your mouth.”

Madison’s opinion: “After taste of raw pumpkin.”

My opinion: “Taste more pumpkin in this one.”

Please remember that these are only opinions that were expressed by each of us. Everyone has one and is entitled to one. I wanted to contrast between what the brewery described and what we thought, but please don’t let it discourage you from trying new beers.

*Content taken from the Blue Moon Brewing Company’s website

**Content taken from the Southern Tier Brewing Company’s website

***Content taken from the New Holland Brewing Company’s website

****Content taken from the Brooklyn Brewery’s website

*****Content taken from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s website

******Content taken from the Brasserie McAuslan Brewery

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


Yuengling Hits Ohio, Finally

I know I said I would be posting about a pumpkin beer tasting I had with my friends this past week but this a very special week. Yuengling is finally being sold within Ohio borders for the first time ever. I figured if I posted the results from the pumpkin beer tasting next week, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

Yuengling has been owned and operated by the same family since 1829. David G. Yuengling came from Wurttenberg, Germany, and built his home and business in Pottsville, Pa. The original business was called Eagle Brewery. There was a fire in 1831 and a new brewery was built on a different site. In 1873 the brewery changed its name to D.G. Yuengling & Son and four years later D.G. died.

Yuengling Lager

Photo courtesy of Mike from fuzzybrew.com

Over the years the brewery has survived prohibition and family deaths. The beer is so popular the brewery had to decline selling its beer in markets outside of its local area. In 1976 the brewery was placed on the state and national registers as America’s Oldest Brewery. In the late 1990s the brewery purchased two more plants to meet distribution requests by business owners.

The decision was finally made to distribute Yuengling in Ohio about a month ago. Monday was the first day local grocery and convenient shop owners, restaurants and bars had the beer on their shelves ready for sale. Before this happened you literally had to drive to PA to get Yuengling, now you just have to drive to the corner to pick out which twelve pack you want. A twelve pack of Yuengling is being sold for $10.49 which is pretty reasonable considering its three biggest competitors (Bud, Miller and Coors) sell for about $9.99.

I think Yuengling is testing the waters here in Ohio because there are only three flavors available: Yuengling Traditional Lager, Yuengling Light Lager and Yuengling Original Black & Tan. The brewery makes seven different types of beer but, the three in Ohio’s market are by far the most popular.

Since Monday, Yuengling has been flying off the shelves. There are 22 wholesalers distributing the product, and they are having a hard time keeping up with the demand from the Yuengling craze. It’s a good, cheap, full-flavored beer that almost everyone has heard about or tried in other states. The long awaited hype for Yuengling to be sold in Ohio has paid-off.

Yuengling Truck Delivering Beer

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Last month grocery and convenient shop owners, restaurants and bars had signs posted stating “Yuengling coming in October.” It created a great word-of-mouth campaign because everywhere you went people were talking about it. When Yuengling hit the Ohio market Monday, the results were phenomenal. One distributer sold about 7,500 cases in a day. Kegs are being tapped out within days not weeks. Grocery and convenient stores shelves are bare by the end of the night. It’s just nuts.

All week long radio stations have been running commercials about Yuengling. Bars and restaurants have been hosting tastings and giving away promotional items. Signs are posted everywhere the beer is sold. Newspapers and TV stations have been running stories about the beer and its sales. Even the internet bloggers and writers have been posting stories and comments about Yuengling in Ohio. Everyone knew it was going to be big but, this has it hit the top of the charts.

For more stories or information on Yuengling hitting the Ohio market, checkout:

Mansfield distributor hires extra help to keep shelves full of Yuengling

Cheers! Stow ‘Can’t Get Enough’ Yuengling

Yuengling Arrives in Ohio After 182 Years

Yuengling distributor gearing up for busy week as beer makes Central Ohio debut

Yuengling beer coming to Ohio

Yuengling beer coming to Northeast Ohio Monday

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