CBoTB: Blind Taste Test of Southern Tier’s Pumking

‘Tis the season for… pumpkin ales!  And every year, I have to talk about the one pumpkin ale that is far and away my favorite in this style!

It all started in 2008.  I was living in the Philadelphia area and exploring the craft beer world the same way I do now.  I had already discovered a few good pumpkin ales, but had not yet found anything that was truly outstanding.  Then one day, I stopped by one of the places where I bought my beer and found that they had put together a mixed case of pumpkin ales, including the first release of Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing.  And that’s the pumpkin ale I’m talking about!

A couple years ago, I came across an awesome video featuring Matt Dunn, Southern Tier’s Director of Brewing and Quality talking about Pumking.  So with Fall in full swing, I thought you’d enjoy hearing the video, along with a couple comments that I’ll make to add context to what you’re listening to.

The video starts with Southern Tier’s Matt Dunn sitting at a round high-top bar table inside the brewery with a pilgrim hat on and a bottle of Pumking, a logoed Pumking glass, and a plate with a slice of pumpkin pie. 

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Pumking is poured into the glass.

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Matt is seen with a blindfold on and whipped cream is now on the slice of pumpkin pie.  He swirls the Pumking in the glass and brings it to his nose.

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Matt Dunn then takes a nice drink of Pumking and swirls it in his mouth.

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Matt takes his fork while blindfolded and stabs the plate until he gets a fork full of pumpkin pie.  Matt is laughing as he puts the pumpkin pie in his mouth.

(Southern Tier’s Matt Dunn talks)

Matt then takes another drink of Pumking.

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Celebrate the season!  Enjoy a Pumking this weekend!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com