Beers I Have Known: New Glarus Brewing Company Pumpkin Pie Lust

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.


Last year, our household undertook the important task of determining the finest pumpkin beer available. Though not as complete as we would like, nor particularly scientific, we felt good about our conclusion of anointing Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale as the best of the crop. For a variety of reasons, we didn’t repeated the exercise this year, but we did expect that we’d be securing several bottles of the defending champion thanks to a visit to the city and state where it’s brewed. It was with great dismay that we discovered that we weren’t the only ones who thought the brew was superior. It evidently sold out almost immediately, leaving nary a drop. Instead, we had to settle for a pumpkin offering from the state’s most acclaimed craft brewer, one that chooses not to distribute beyond their home borders. No surprise: the New Glarus Brewing Company take on a pumpkin beer is a fine consolation prize. After a consultation with the house’s true pumpkin expert, I can report that it “passes the beer test,” a surprising stumbling block for many other offerings that tend to default to overwhelming pumpkin flavoring. For that reason, the name of the beer is actually off a bit. The pumpkin pie allusion hints at a drink that’s going to be overly sweet or syrupy. Instead, it’s smooth, refreshing and unfussy. Maybe we don’t need a whole row of pumpkin beers, after all. This one will do just fine on its own.

Point Special
21st Amendment Bitter American
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Rolling Rock
Skull Splitter
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Red Stripe
Rhinelander Bock
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
ABA Hoppy Saison
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
Labatt Blue
Smuttynose Winter Ale
Point Beyond the Pale IPA
Capital Brewery Supper Club
Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale
Central Waters Brewing Company Sixteen
Pisgah Pale Ale

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