What follows is the October 23rd edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
It’s late October, and one can’t help but notice the plethora of pumpkins around town. From the piles of gourds stacked in front of produce stands and grocery stores, to the spiced lattes, pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. The beer shelves are not exempt from this phenomenon either. The sheer number of pumpkin beers available can be somewhat overwhelming.
One of those pumpkin beers reigns supreme, and is a newcomer to Baton Rouge. Southern Tier entered the Louisiana market in the early summer, and now their famous Pumking is finally available locally. Widely regarded as one of the top pumpkin beers in the country, Pumking is a virtual pumpkin pie in a bottle. It pours a light orange color, with a clarity that really stands out. The pumpkin and cinnamon aromas jump out of the glass, with a slight creaminess coming through as well. The spices shine through on the first sip, but what really comes through is the buttery crust flavor, followed by pumpkin and vanilla. The thing that makes Pumking stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pumpkin beer crowd is that buttery crust flavor and creaminess. It truly captures the essence of pumpkin pie in a bottle.
Just like grandma’s pumpkin pie, Pumking does not disappoint. It is a versatile beer that can start off the evening, or add the finshing touch to a meal and serve as dessert. A 22 ounce bottle weighs in at 8.6-percent ABV, so Pumking is not to be taken lightly. Find Pumking at Calandro’s, Cuban Liquor, The Beverage Store and other bottle shops.
Cost: $7-8 for a 22 ounce bottle