Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, New York) recently announced that the brewery will be releasing Rum Barrel-aged Pumking and Cold Press Coffee Pumking this year as variants to the brewery’s fan-favorite Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
Considering the annual pumpkin obsession that captivates this country each fall and Southern Tier Brewing’s incredible knack for creating delicious dessert beers, it is no surprise that Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale is one of the brewery’s most anticipated seasonal releases every year. This beer’s malty sweetness and flavor notes of “vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg [and] pie crust” has reached such a level of popularity that Southern Tier even hosted the Inaugural Pumking Fest this past weekend at the brewery.
The best news to come out of this festival – for pumpkin enthusiasts at least – is that a couple of the Pumking variants featured at this event will be making it to distribution with limited availability. Rum Barrel-aged Pumking is probably the most widely known variant, and this offering lives up to its name by providing the base Pumking added spicy and sugary notes by way of careful aging within select rum barrels. Cold Press Coffee Pumking is also getting in on the festivities by lending the trademark flavors of Pumking a new twist of light roasted coffee.
Rum Barrel-Aged Pumking is heading out to distribution this week in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. Cold Press Coffee Pumking will also start turning up exclusively on draft. Both of these offerings are incredibly limited and will only be found in select markets within Southern Tier’s distribution footprint, so the brewery urges you to contact your local grocer, bar, bottle shop and/or distributor to request these elusive brews. If you are a fan of Pumpkin Ales and within the brewery’s distribution area (this of course includes Alabama and Florida), get on those phones now to request Rum Barrel-aged Pumking and Cold Press Coffee Pumking before these brews disappear from shelves and taps. Prost!
Vital Information on Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Availability – Seasonal, mid-July through autumn
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 8.6%
Packaging – 22 oz. bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, draft
Recommended Glassware – Goblet