This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at New Belgium's Pumpkick.
I picked this beer up at Binny's in Skokie where they let me add it to a mixed six pack. Although there have been rumors that New Belgium will begin to manufacture on the East Coast, this quality brewer from Fort Collins, Colorado still found mostly in the Midwest. So until such time as New Belgium begins to market its products in New York, I will try to snag some of these whenever I see them.
The New Belgium Pumpkick is a very different kind of pumpkin ale. While many pumpkin ales are made with cinnamon, nutmeg or other similar spices, this beer adds a flavor dimension through an infusion of cranberry juice. The result is a beer that has the full sweet earthiness of pumpkin and a little bit of tang from the cranberry juice.
I enjoyed this beer at Shabbos lunch with corned beef. Predictably, the Pumpkick was a good match for the sweet and tangy corned beef. I shared this with Mrs KB and a friend who said that he does not generally like pumpkin beer. Maybe it was Mrs KB's cooking or maybe it was just the superior quality of New Belgium brews, but our friend now has a pumpkin beer which he does like.
New Belgium Pumpkick under the Kosher Supervision of the Scroll-K of Colorado. Although the beer does not bear the kosher symbol on the label, I have verified its kashruth with the Scroll-K and it is listed on the LOC. Please note that not every brew produced by New Belgium is under kosher supervision. For a list of the New Belgium brews currently under supervision, please click on the link on the left side of my home page for my latest Kosher Beer List.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about New Belgium Pumpkick, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/97291. As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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