Rustico restaurant is one of my favorite places to eat and drink. They have an interesting menu, but I always end up getting the same main course:
Roasted mushroom, spinach and goat cheese pizza on a gluten-free chickpea crust.
They have a huge selection of beers, including plenty of the strong, dark beers that I like best. Since I have a low tolerance and a penchant for beers with a high alcohol content, I really like that they offer 3-4 ounce “taste” sizes of their draft selections. That way I can try more than one beer without passing out at the table.
Last weekend I was surprised to see “pumpkin” beers on the menu, but I guess the “season” for seasonal beers ends with the actual holiday. I hope these beers don’t disappear after Halloween, but stay on the menu at least through Thanksgiving.
I started with the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices.
Then I tried Pumking from the Southern Tier Brewing Company.
NOSE: Pumpkin, pie spices, buttery crust, vanilla, roasted pecans
FLAVOR: Malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust
After a few slices of pizza, I decided I could taste one more, the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
My husband liked the Pumking the best, but I couldn’t pick a favorite. They all were yummy!