Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale

Despite appearances to the contrary, this is not pumpkin week. Rather, it’s a case of someone having forgotten to include this in yesterday’s entry. As well as a desire to seize the day w/ respect to the season. Not to mention a genuine admiration for pumpkin, even if manufacturers do tragically misuse it as a flavor concept. And so it is: Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, of note mostly cuz it comes not from a more-predictable beer boutique but from big-gun Michelob (who suggests serving it w/ turkey or as a dessert beer. gee thanks). It’s the 1st of a new seasonal beer program by mich which means we’ll soon be reading about a Xmas beer. It comes on tap or bottled; subsequent releases will be on tap only.

props to kirk for first pumpkin beer mention!

18 Comments:

At October 05, 2005 9:10 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

Love the link under the photo, TG.

Pumpkin ale/beer = blecccch, in my opinion.

 
At October 05, 2005 9:13 AM, Blogger TG said...

well, rightfully i should have given you some kind of nod since you DID mention pumpkin beers yesterday. i just couldn't figure out an elegant way to do it

 
At October 05, 2005 9:15 AM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

I'LL BE PAIRING MY PUMPKIN BEER WITH A POSTMAN. TURKEY IS SO BORING. PERHAPS IN NOVEMBER, THEY'LL HAVE A CRANBERRY BEER I CAN MATCH UP WITH A SKATEBOARDER. IN DECEMBER, A CANDY CANE MALT LIQUOR I CAN CONSUME WITH A HOMELESS PERSON. AND FOR NEW YEAR'S, A NICE PILSNER METHODE CHAMPAGNOISE WITH WHICH I WILL TOAST THE METER MAN I SAVED FOR THE SPECIAL OCCASION.

 
At October 05, 2005 9:22 AM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

Note everyone: Jack's in not called pumpkin ale, but pumpkin spice ale. Doesn't the name make the distinction we were discussing yesterday?

 
At October 05, 2005 9:23 AM, Blogger TG said...

ok kirk now gets his mention

 
At October 05, 2005 9:36 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Coor's Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale was pretty good and Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale was also very nice. Fruit flavors and beer go well together especially if it's a Hefeweizen.

 
At October 05, 2005 9:38 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Oh and Charlotte is correct, in most cases the fruit flavor can be easily washed out by the spice. I'm eager to see if Dogfish Head Brewers make a good Pumpkin beer as their flavor balance is pretty good typically.

 
At October 05, 2005 9:45 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

Did you see the Dallas Morning News story on all today's absinthe-minded people? I have been drinking Pernod since the early '70s, when I first read Jean Rys's books, which are mostly set in 1930s Paris. You don't need a sugar cube ritual to turn Pernod milky white, just add a tiny splash of water.

 
At October 05, 2005 9:48 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

I wonder, couldn't you spike a pumpkin just like you do a watermelon? When it is good and marinated, you might then roast it. Would a dark rum be the best spirit, or would you go with bourbon?

 
At October 05, 2005 9:49 AM, Anonymous lucy said...

Good grief, Charlie Brown. It is the Great Pumkin controversy!

 
At October 05, 2005 9:51 AM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

Twisted mutt: What do you recommend with Fed Ex and UPS guys?

 
At October 05, 2005 9:53 AM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

WHITE MEAT OR DARK?

 
At October 05, 2005 9:53 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

No nods or elegance necessary, TG.

However, if anyone (including Twisted Dog) is interested in beers correctly employing fruit flavoring, I recommend the following ahead of anything from Anheuser-Busch.

Any Lambic from Lindemans, including peach, raspberry, cherry.

La Fin du Monde from Unibroue, which uses citrus as well as cardamom (I think). Ephemere uses green apples. Use caution when drinking these, even when paired with meter reader -- they come in 750 ml bottles, and have an 8 - 10% alcohol level. You may think you visited the end of the earth (la fin du monde) the next day.

Aprihops and Raisin d'Etre from Dogfish Head, which contain apricots and raisin, respectively.

One large brewery making an interesting beer that uses citrus is Molson-Coors. Blue Moon white ale is made by a "hidden" subsidiary of Coors.

 
At October 05, 2005 10:02 AM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

I like to spike pumpkins as often as possible, if you know what I mean. I love fall. There's watermelons in the summer, but they're kind of messy -- nothing like a good firm pumpkin.

 
At October 05, 2005 2:47 PM, Blogger TS said...

I'm not certain of what this quote by Emerson means -- "We fancy men are individuals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field, goes through every point of pumpkin history." -- but it's rather elegant...

 
At October 05, 2005 4:01 PM, Anonymous Katie Holmes said...

Tommy... now that I've broken my vow of chastity and am with child, will you still respect MY pumpkins?

 
At October 07, 2005 3:07 PM, Anonymous Nicole Kidman said...

If that's Tom's baby, Katie, then I'm Mimi Rogers

 
At November 23, 2005 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm ticked off, I live in upstate NY and can't find a 6 pack of pumpkin ale anywhere. I recently went to the International Beer Festival in Providence, RI, where I tried my first Pumpkin Ale and was very suprised that I liked it, now that Thanksgiving is here I can't find it anywhere, and I really wanted to enjoy my turkey with a Pumpkin Ale. Oh well I guess I have to wait till next year

 

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