It’s Punkin Time!

Oh, yes, it’s (almost) fall, football is here, which means another round of seasonal brew is due.  That means Dog Fish Head has Punkin Ale!

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Great stuff (along with many other pumpkin brews).  Went to the tapping of it last week at the Dog Fish Head restaurant in Falls Church.

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It was so fresh on tap that they hadn’t even posted it on the (chalk) board.

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Ordered one and started to enjoy.  I finally got around to looking up this morning why they call it Punkin.  It’s based around the local Punkin Chunkin on Discovery Channel.  Hilarious show!  Well, the beer was perfect, its normal pumpkin and spice taste, as one would expect.  And, the bartender wasn’t totally sure the ABV, but I had look it up, and it’s on that previous link, 7%.  Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  Cheers!

 

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HOP Part II

And in the food world, a common thought when it comes to HOP is just plain old hops and beer.  Bring me that IPA.  And on the history of IPA, Wikipedia is once again that great place for just random info you never realized you were going to look up.  If you want it, here’s your easy link.

There was a beer tasting yesterday of the wonderful Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.  This phenomenal brewery comes to us from Chico, CA and has (biased opinion) one of the best pale ales.  They were also sampling two other brews.

The Celebration Seasonal has a ‘medium-high’ hop level.  They brew this with fresh hops (vs wet hops) and these are the “freshest dried hops to come from the fields, typically within seven days of harvest.”  I could taste some tree in this beer, pine-y, in a good, seasonal way.

The other beer they had out was the Torpedo Extra IPA.  This is definitely way up there in hoppiness (or you could translate that to happiness?) but the balance of flavors in it make it a very unique brew.  Trees, citrus and just dang good beer!

Thanks Sierra Nevada for the hops, IPA and great brew.

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Then, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy one of those beers in the Sierra Nevada?  The view there is amazing!!!

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