This is September, and I think we are all a little bummed that Fall is just around the corner. In cooler climates, this essentially means saying good-bye to our venerable and continuous tomato harvest. I’m sure some of you are thinking, that I should slow my roll, and realize there are plenty of Fall cool season crops to fuss over, as there are three more months of growing left in the year. But if we are brave enough to let go of summer, we can come to accept that Fall is a great time to drink beer. What’s that? Do I hear dissenters out there who are saying to themselves, “I thought this was a garden blog?” Well yes it is, but it’s more than that. It’s about ‘seeing the world through the garden,’ and craft beer is all about the bounty of the garden.
Here in Delaware, we have one of the great brewmasters of craft beer, Dogfish Head. As I perused their web page, I came across an interesting description of their latest, and much anticipated launch having, “smooth hints of pumpkin, organic brown sugar, and savory spices…” Sounds like a pie, or a latte right? But Dogfish Head is gearing up to introduce their Pumpkin Ale, and with ingredients that read like a warm pumpkin pie who can blame me for my new beer fascination? Especially beer made with seasonal, farm-to-the-table ingredients.
Punkin Ale is named after a local event in southern Delaware called Punkin Chunkin, set to take place November 4-6 2011, where pumpkins are thrown in the air and smashed to the ground with great fan-fare and exaltation.
Dogfish Head is a real institution here in the First State, but the craft beer movement can be felt all over. I’m certainly won over…
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