Friday, September 23, 2011

Beau Knows - Southern Tier Pumking

Every Friday, yours truly (Beau), will be highlighting one particular beer that we have on tap at Mudville. This beer will most likely be complex, hopefully well-balanced and otherwise delicious. This week I've chosen The Pumking in all it's royalty.

Though I don't normally reach for a pumpkin beer myself, this ghoulish king is the exception to that rule. The folks over at Southern Tier say it's an ode to PĂșca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. PĂșca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey 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.

All true about this pagan nectar! What I particularly like about this pumpkin brew is that the pumpkin isn't smacking you in the face, most others you're drinking pumpkin pie in a pint. What you do taste is in well balanced subtlety - Buttered crust, pie spice, sweetness of the pumpkin are all in great parallels.  At the end there's just a hint of alcohol to close to really remind you who you're dealing with.

Come in as soon as you can, this beer does not stick around very long. Ask me and I'll pour you a taste to get you started.


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