Beer Tasting: Pumpkin Beers (Ales, Lagers, Stouts, etc.)

Beer Tasting: Pumpkin Beers (Ales, Lagers, Stouts, etc.)

It is not that long ago that finding a pumpkin beer at the local beer mart was like finding fresh avocados in Antarctica. It just did not happen. However, in the last few years, pumpkin has basically become the next best thing to chocolate. I mean, you can get pumpkin in just about anything this time of year, and beer is by no means an exception. We thought that will several pumpkin beers hitting the shelves this year, it would be nice to compare them (blindly) to determine a true pumpkin beer king. Obviously, we cannot obtain every pumpkin beer produced in the country since many of them are not distributed in Colorado and/or interstate alcohol regulations prohibit us from acquiring them. When we set out on this venture, we assumed that we would have about 6 to 8 pumpkin beers to sample for this tasting. Well, we were wrong. In fact, we managed to get our hands on 16 different pumpkin beers. These 16 beers come from 12 different breweries since some breweries released multiple pumpkin beers. We also had several different styles of beer in this tasting, including ales, lagers, barrel-aged ales, and even a stout!? One beer in particular that we were not able to attain but is worth noting is Pumking from Southern Tier. While we cannot get Pumking in Colorado, we have had many of them before and it is a solid, well-balanced, (imperial) pumpkin ale.

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