Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Ale
Alright, new beer Announcement #1 today: Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale.
No so long ago I swore Neshaminy Creek would never make a pumpkin beer. You see, it’s not that I don’t like pumpkin beers, it’s just the market is already oversaturated with pumpkin-this and pumpkin-that, and it seems like every year this brewery is trying to beat that brewery to the punch earlier and earlier, to the point that pumpkin beers are starting to show up on shelves in the middle of July. Everybody makes a pumpkin beer, so why should we?
Well, to be honest, making an interesting pumpkin beer that could standout is going to be a challenge. There are a lot of great pumpkin beers out there, and a lot of not-so-great pumpkin beers as well. Where would ours stand? We’ll let you decide, so here’s what we’ve got.
We decided to brew an imperial version of our Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, but in an unabashedly American way; pretty sure we’re not the first to ever do it, but a German wheat pumpkin ale isn’t something I’ve run across all that much, so it sounded like a good idea. It doesn’t hurt that we already make three German wheat ales, and have the perfect yeast strain to do it. In addition to the pumpkin added in the mash, a kettle addition of dark brown sugar, and cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is paired with the banana esters and spicy clove imparted by the yeast. At 8.8% ABV it’s no slouch either.
Punkel Dunkel will be available in draft and 22 ounce bottles. Bottle sales at the brewery will begin Friday, September 6th, as well as through our distributors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Fall is just around the corner.