Here's some background on the beer, boosted from our original web entry back in 2011: AN EAST END PUMPKIN BEER? People have been pestering us to brew a pumpkin beer here for a few years now. Personally, I've never really understood the attraction of a pumpkin beer that doesn't taste like pumpkins. Sure, they have pumpkin pie spices in them that are easy to taste, but no actual pumpkin fruit flavor. Of course, in defense of innovative fellow small brewers out there that have been concocting these beers for years, actual pumpkin flavor is a pretty subtle thing. Whether you add them in the mash tun, in the kettle, find some crazy way to "dry-pumpkin" your pumpkin beer, or just open up some cans, the malt and the hops are still going to overwhelm that delicate squash flavor...not to mention what the spices will do to it. So what's a brewer to do? Well... how about we EMBRACE THE LIE of a so-called "pumpkin flavored beer" and just skip the pumpkins entirely? They don't really offer that much. Instead, what if we brew a nice strong ale that we can carefully spice to SUGGEST the flavor of pumpkin pie? Well, that's exactly what we've done. And let's be clear: No pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, squash, or gourds of any type were senselessly slaughtered or carved or gutted in the production of this beer. And to prove it, we're calling it our NUNKIN ALE (TM). ...or in this case, BOURBON BARREL AGED NUNKIN.
pale, dark munich, wheat, crx 60, vienna, carapils, crx wht
Vanilla, pumpkin pie type spices. Bourbon barrels (read oak and boubon)