Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Night Suds - Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Tonight's Sunday Night Suds review completes the survey of pumpkin brews currently (known by me to be) under kosher supervision by looking at Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

To frequent visitors to this site, the name Post Road may not seem familiar, but rest assured that it is produced by a well known kosher brewer. For reasons known only by its marketing division, the Brooklyn Brewery brews and bottles this ale, but chooses to brand it with a unique trade name. (The beer is actually brewed in the Utica brewery which Brooklyn shares with Pete's Wicked and Saranac).

As you may be aware, many of the larger breweries will market some of their products under other less familiar trade names (think Blue Moon for Coors, Icehouse for Miller and Landshark for Budweiser). What makes this arrangement odd is that Brooklyn is already a craft brewery, so there would be no impetus to pass off this tasty ale as anything other than a Brooklyn Brewery product. It should be noted that unlike the macrobrewers who set up separate website for their "craft beers" with no links to their parent corporations, Brooklyn Brewery makes no attempt to hide its connection with Post Road as the Pumpkin Ale is listed as one of their beers on the Brooklyn Brewery website ( ).

But on the brew itself. The Post Road Pumpkin Ale is spiced like all pumpkin brews. However, the addition of cinnamon which while not heavy is certainly present, makes this a special beer. They indicate on their website that they blend "hundreds of pounds" of pumpkin into the mash for every batch of the brew.

Unlike the other two pumpkin ales which I reviewed in prior Sunday Night Suds (for Blue Moon, click here , for Saranac click here ) this brew could blend well with Thanksgiving feast without overpowering the main course it accompanied.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale is under the kashruth supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit.For the experts take on Post Road Pumpkin Ale, please click here

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

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