Rumpkin by Avery Brewing Co.

Our love for pumpkin beers continues this week with our third beer in the Heavenly Gourd series, and it’s a real whopper.  Enticing us with a combination of pumpkin and rum barrel-aging, this colossal brew clocks in at 35 proof (seemed more appropriate than ABV) and is guaranteed to get your palate’s attention. But can all the booziness be too much of a good thing? Join us as we sample Avery Rumpkin in an attempt to answer that question on our quest to discovering pumpkin beer perfection..

Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing Company

He-Man vs. Skeletor. G.I. Joe vs Cobra. Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan. The Autobots vs. the Decepticons. What do they all have in common, besides proving that we have fond memories of the 80’s? All of them are classic battles of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and simply put, who’s more powerful. In our second week of the Heavenly Gourd series, we pitted Pumking against his rum-guzzling uncle to see who the true king of the pumpkin patch is…

Tripel Whiskey by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

A great beer from a reputable brewery? Check. Nice evening to share it? Check. A buddy to share it with? Check. Shot glasses? Check.. Wait…what?? In what has gotta be a first for both of us, the shot glasses came out as we sampled a Belgian Tripel by Wolf’s Ridge Brewery called Tripel Whiskey that’s been aged for 2 years in bourbon barrels. And although the glassware choice was small, the taste was anything but…

Crasher in the Rye by Clown Shoes

Catcher in the Rye is a classic book. However, pair it with an awesome beer and it’s gonna get thrown to the wayside, treated like the red-headed stepchild that it is. Sometimes incredible beers only get made every couple of years, and when they do, our excitement gets amped up a few notches. One of our all-time favorite Clown Shoes beers that’s as legendary as the book it almost shares a name with, Crasher in the Rye is a classic worth looking into…

Passionfruit-Habby Reinheitsgewhat by Little Fish Brewing Company

The Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law, was adopted in 1516 in Bavaria, limiting brewers in those parts to make their beer with only water, barley, and hops. As craft brew fanatics with German heritage, we’re thankful that American brewers don’t give a rip about adhering to such a strict code, choosing instead to brew beer with every conceivable ingredient under the sun. Passionfruit-Habby Reinheitsgewhat by Little Fish Brewing Company is our case in point…

Snoochie Boochies by Forbidden Root Brewing Company

With a name as bad as Snoochie Boochies, one can only help but wonder if whoever named this beer was being pinched on the cheeks by Grandma at the time it was chosen. We’ve had a little experience with Forbidden Root Brewing Company, and to be quite honest, we weren’t impressed. So why give them another shot? Well, because it’s a DIPA, and because anyone bold enough to give a beer such a moniker as this is obviously out to prove something. We put them to the test…

120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

120 minutes isn’t very long when you think about it. 2 hours of your life is merely a blip on the radar, barely enough time to do anything truly significant. Maybe that’s what makes Dogfish Head’s 120 minute IPA so special–in one age-able bottle, they’ve managed to make the highest ABV IPA on the market, all while retaining a rich and hoppy flavor unlike no other. It can even help to calm rage on the golf course…