Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Ale

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.

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  1. Jeff Feeley says:

    I am so glad you decided to pull the trigger on Punkel Dunkel. This is an exceptional brew.
    This stacks up favorably to any of your other beers. It has such an interesting flavor profile. I could drink this any time of year. Excellent job as usual! On another note, when are we going to see Croydon Cream Ale in bottles or cans?

  2. Jesse Reyna says:

    I just tasted your Punkel Dunkel on draft for the first time while eating at Red Robin in Bensalem. I must say that it tastes so good and refreshing that I want more. I have been trying out many other Pumpkin Ales from many different breweries and this one might well be my favorite for the season.

    It is the first beer I taste from you guys and look forward to tasting your other German Style Ales.

  3. Jurst tried your pumpkin ale in Shipwresk Grill in Brielee, Nj. Loved it, especially the strong nutmeg finish!

  4. eyechoirs says:

    Got this one on a whim, but it proved to one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve ever had. I think you did a great job of integrating the pumpkin and fall spice flavors into the dunkelweizen style. You said you wanted to make your beer stand out, and let me tell you, it was a complete success. You can check out my review of it on my blog if you are so inclined.


  5. john mccabe says:

    Excellent stuff! It’s a full bodied pumpkin ale which starts with the taste of pumpkin and mild spice and ends with a hint of nutmeg and banana.

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