Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that it will begin the annual release of Rumpkin Pumpkin Beer aged in Rum Barrels on Monday, August 7.
Arriving as the latest release from Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, Rumpkin is a massive, 16.9% ABV Barrel-aged Pumpkin Beer with flavors and aromas meant to resemble that of “a pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” The brewers at Avery infuse the beer with that familiar pumpkin pie flavor by “using pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.” Once the brewing is completed, the beer is left to age in Rum barrels for four months to “add an additional level of rich complexity that isn’t typical to classic pumpkin ales.”
Since Rum barrels are “notorious for leaking massive amounts of beer,” the folks at Avery Brewing Company went the extra mile this year to set a higher standard of efficiency and quality control for Rumpkin. This was achieved by flying in two professional coopers from France to repair their barrels, and the results far surpassed expectations.
“In past years, the debarreling of Rumpkin has been the thorn in our collective side,” says Andy Parker, Chief Barrel Herder at Avery. “If a barrel leaks more than normal, that means the dreaded oxygen is getting in the barrel and potentially creating off-flavors. If it leaks heavily, you can have an entire barrel empty to the ground in the matter of a month or two. In the past years, 30-40% of the batch has leaked out or gone down the drain, and watching your hard work go to hell is extremely disappointing. This year was easily the best debarreling in the history of Rumpkin. We didn’t find a single barrel mysteriously empty, off-flavors were almost non-existent, and for once we didn’t have to explain to the production staff that we simply wouldn’t be able to fill orders for this beer”.
Rumpkin will officially release on August 7 and will be available through October (while supplies last). You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Colorado, and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Company’s distribution footprint (sadly, this excludes Alabama and any other state where Rumpkin would exceed local ABV restrictions). Prost!
Vital Information for Rumpkin (2017) from Avery Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Annual Barrel Series, official release date of August 7, 2017
Style – Pumpkin Beer
ABV – 16.9%
Added Ingredients – Pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & ginger
Treatment – Aged four months in Rum Barrels
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder