This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Uinta Punk'n - Harvest Pumpkin Ale.
This year we made our (nearly) annual Sukkos pilgrimage to...Chicago, home of the Heineken Man and many of Mrs KB's relatives. As I have mentioned before, Chicago is one of the best beer towns in America, since many brewers from the Far West and Midwest have distribution points in the greater Chicago area. Taking advantage of the situation, I stopped in at Binny's (Skokie) a couple of hours before YT and browsed the incredible stock of beers before mixing a six of non East Coast beers and picking up a separate six pack of the Uinta Punk'n Ale.
The proliferation of pumpkin beers in September and October is obviously seasonal as anything pumpkin is a big seller this time of year. Earlier this week, I heard a piece on a Mike & Mike in the morning show on ESPN Radio and they were discussing whether pumpkin flavor belongs in mainstream products. While Golic was in favor of anything pumpkin (he named pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie and pumpkin donuts), Greenie was complaining that pumpkin does not taste like anything. Obviously Greenie is wrong, because pumpkin has its own flavor, but I could see his point that the pumpkin is usually augmented by spice as well.
The Uinta Punk'n Ale has some nutmeg, cinnamon and clove added to the brew, but the pumpkin influence is also prominent. The resulting brew has a great marriage of flavor to the hops in the ale and is a great accompaniment to savory meat YT leftovers. Don't get me wrong, the beer would go well (and did go well in our sukkah) with fresh meals, but it hit a home run with leftover roast, stuffed cabbage and meatballs. If you want to try it with your meals for the last days of YT, click on http://www.uintabrewing.com/map.php and see if you can find it near where you live.
Uinta Punk'n - Harvest Pumpkin Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union and bears an OU on the label. For the experts' take on the Uinta Punk'n Ale please click here www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1416/33405.
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