Every Friday, I'll share a beer I particularly enjoy, and think you might as well. This series will feature beers from all over the U.S. (and when we're lucky, the world). Cheers!
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, N.Y.
What: Pumking (an imperial pumpkin ale)
Current ABV: 8.6%
Tasting Notes: Let's be honest for a second here: Pumking isn't nearly as good as it used to be. But when it comes to pumpkin beers, in my humble opinion, it's still one of the best. This seasonal beer also only gets better with age: every Thanksgiving, Z opens up a bottle that's 1-3 years old, and it's always a treat. If you can't wait to age it, crack open a fresher bottle of your own this Thanksgiving (or, tonight), and you won't be disappointed. This brew has nicely subtle notes of pumpkin spice, vanilla, roasted nuts, and, when aged, a welcome amount of booze. (Aging also helps mellow out the fragrant and sometimes overly sweet pumpkin pie spice flavor, which I enjoy).
Pairing Suggestion: Per my note above: Thanksgiving dinner! And/or dessert.
Where Can I Find It? Fortunately, this brew's available in a lot of areas. Click here to see where you can snag a bottle (or, a 12-ounce four pack) near you.