If you recall, last Thursday I posted a double review praising the mighty Dogfish Head Midas Touch and . . . um . . . well let us not discuss the rest. I'm going to go ahead and do that one more time. While last week had no particular theme other than "Beers Caity and I Drank That One Day", this week, I'm going to big up Halloween and, perhaps more importantly, big up the West Coast, who might have caught a stray shot lost week when really, Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra (just the beer, not the brewery) was the target. Let me just get this out of the way now: the lefter coast is THE brewing capitol of the world right now. The northeast has tradition on their side, but the West Coast has their own incredible native hops and some of the most rebellious, creative minds in beer on their side. They crush it. That's that. So, I decided to contrast two pumpkin ales I've been drinking lately, and though they are going to be tough to come by post-October, it is key to know your pumpkin ales. The variations are mostly subtle in pumpkin ales, but they really make or break the beer.
I heart pumpkin ales and it is going to be sad to see them go once again. If you can still find any, I highly advocate grabbing some, though in my experience some people just flat-out dislike them. If your local place has any left over, Weyerbacher makes a fantastic pumpkin ale and the psychos at Southern Tier have their Pumking which pushes the ABV to a whopping 7.9%. In small doses, it is pretty great. Stocking up on some of these for Thanksgiving is certainly not a bad idea, so if you can , snatch them up and age them for a month. Otherwise, do like me and bide your time until next year, when I will await the Great Pumpkin's return. Then I will crack him open and use his delicious innards for beer. Cheers!