Earlier this week I was informed that Southern Tier Pumking (one of my all time favorite beers) has hit the shelves.
This would normally be cause for celebration, however the temperature is currently somewhere around 90ºF and according to my trusty calendar it’s the middle of July. I just can’t be excited – in fact, I’m kind of annoyed.
Silly Southern Tier. Pumpkin beers are for autumn!
As much as an insanely delicious, totally drinkable liquid version of alcoholic pumpkin pie is a beautiful thing, it’s without a doubt a treat that’s crafted with seasonality. There’s just something so right about enjoying the heart (and soul) warming flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla on a chilly night after walking through a street filled with crunchy leaves. In the midst of my summer I just want to beat the heat with a Kölsch, or sit poolside with a new saison.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” and that’s how I feel about my beer preferences.
Seasonal brews are released earlier and earlier all the time – but this is getting to be a bit ridiculous. Am I right? I guess all I can do is hope that there are a few bottles left come September, when I actually want to drink it.