First pumpkin beer of the season spotted

August 17th, 2007 | Posted by Real Beer

Jack's Pumpkin SpicePay no attention to those thermometer readings in Dallas or Cincinnati, pumpkin beers are on the way and fall can’t be far behind.

Anheuser-Busch this week announced the return of Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, first released in 2005. More pumpkin beers distributed nationally, regionally and locally will soon follow.

Brewed with seasonal spices and Oregon-grown Golden Delicious pumpkins at A-B’s Fort Collins brewery, Jack’s (5.5% abv) pairs with traditional dishes such as turkey dinnners and pumpkin bisque, but also others like like teriiyaki chicken and mild Italian sausages.

“For adults who’ve never tried a pumpkin beer before, we’d encourage them to experiment with Jack’s,” said Florian Kuplent, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “Because the pumpkin and spice flavors are so well-balanced and subtle, Jack’s doesn’t overpower foods and makes for an ideal culinary experience. Year after year this is one of our favorite beers to brew and we hope beer drinkers who enjoy trying new flavors will sample this seasonal ale.”

Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale is brewed with two-row, caramel and carapils barley malts, a blend of imported and domestic Hallertau hops and domestic Saaz hops.

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5 Responses to “First pumpkin beer of the season spotted”

  1. HogieWan Says:

    I’ve seen (and tasted) Blue Moon’s Harvest Moon Pumpkin ale already as well

  2. Jack Curtin Says:

    Stan, Stan, Stan…

    You may be living in a Pumpkin Beer wasteland.

    On Wednesday, at the site of The Beer Yard, the suburban Philadelphia beer retail whose site I do, I posted the arrival of

    Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Brewing Company Pumpkinhead Ale, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Punkin’ Ale (Pumpkin) & Matt Brewing Co. Saranac Pumpkin Ale.

    Two of those, the Weyerbacher and the Dogfish Head, are among the best in the country.

    Or maybe I’m just living in the Best. Beer. Region. In. America.

    Just sayin’.

  3. Stan Hieronymus Says:

    I just checked the Official Criteria for Best Beer Region in America.

    No mention of pumpkin beers.

    But I was too cheap to buy the 2007 version so maybe something changed.

  4. Microbrew Review Says:

    I’ve personally been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dogfish Head’s Punk Ale in my area. There’ll be a very narrow window of availability once it’s here though. Seems to vanish very quickly though in the limited few beer haunts I’ve found that have featured Punk Ale in stock each fall in my area.

  5. Fred Says:

    I’m not a fan of flavored beer but I do like Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale. Not sure about this Bud version.