Although in SF Summer is just beginning — or rather, continuing — in other parts of the country Instagram feeds are starting to fill up with crunchy leaves, football and new fall looks. For beer aficionados it is the dreaded season of the pumpkin beer. Often overly spiced, sweet and syrupy, we almost passed on the category altogether this year, until we tasted the pumpkin brews from Uinta Brewing Company out of Salt Lake City. Their Punk’n Ale six-pack in a can is a good beer first and a pumpkin beer second, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove in the background. It’s sessionable, which means you can drink a couple and not feel too crazy. The Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a bigger version that spends six months in oak barrels. The result is richly textured and voluptuous, but not overbearing. Not only are the beers delicious, but the company that makes them is pretty cool too.
Residents of Salt Lake City and its environs will be familiar with their name, especially if they are outdoorsy types. Named after a fabulously beautiful mountain range just to the east of the state capitol, Uinta Brewing Company was founded in 1996 and has been brewing craftily since then. They make many different kinds of beer and everything I have tasted I have loved. Their commitment to their pristine namesake is not merely nominal. In 2001 they became entirely wind-powered, the first company in Utah to achieve this. In 2011 they installed solar panels on their roof. They have a whole host of other practices which together make the brewery a leader in sustainable business practices in their home state.
Feeling like getting a little autumnal in the park? Try the Punk’n Ale. Making some Red Kuri Squash Risotto for dinner? The Oak Jacked might be your perfect pairing. Try ’em both and let us know what you think!
Punk’n Pumpkin Ale 6-Pack | $9.99
Brewed using organic pumpkin and organic spices! The malt and hops are accented by these flavors with hints of vanilla and honey. This delicious seasonal offering is light on the palate and pairs well with cheesecake, roasted turkey and fall vibes.
Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale 750 mL | $14.99
A bigger, bolder, imperial version of the canned Punk’n Ale that’s been barrel-aged for 6 months in oak and clocks in at 10.31% ABV. It is rich and caramelly with more overt spicy flavors – an amazing food beer. All treats and no tricks here!
PS and for those of you watching at home, Wine Blitz is only FIVE WEEKS AWAY! Once again we’ll be offering 20% off the purchase of 12 bottles or more, mix and match throughout the selection. The dates are November 2-8 for the Fall Blitz and December 7-13 for the Winter Blitz. Start planning now!