Thirsty Thursday: Pumpkin Beers

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:

Rustico Pizza

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.

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

Schafly 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!

Thanks to Janine for hosting the Thirsty Thursday Drink Up Link Up on her blog (The Purple Giraffe), and giving me a reason to taste all of the pumpkin beers on the Rustico draft menu!

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11 Responses to Thirsty Thursday: Pumpkin Beers

  1. Tiff (@LoveSweatBeer says:

    Sounds delicious! I think I like the idea of pumpkin beers more than I actually like pumpkin beers though. haha They just sound so darn comforting!

  2. I can't wait to get my hands on the Dogfish Pumkin – and I've heard GREAT things about the PumKing! Thanks for the shout out!

  3. Heather Iacobacci (@ says:

    Ok that pizza looks amazing. YUM. And I love pumpkin beers. Best part of fall 😉

  4. Marcia says:

    Looks good! I've never had pumpkin beer. That pizza looks amazing!

  5. Yum Yucky says:

    welp, not into beers at all, but I can most certainly unleash the pizzaholic in me. Perhaps I'll demonstrationize that skill to you at Fitbloggin?

  6. Being pregnant, I'm missing out on the pumpkin beers this year. Last year, I loved the Dogfish Head one though! Next year, I look forward to doing some sampling. Those all look and sound amazing!

  7. Danielle (@itsaharle says:

    yum pumpkin beers! this is awesome! I saw a sign at a local restaurant that they are back. Can't wait to stop in!

  8. Christy says:

    I was wondering about those pumpkin beers. I love Southern Pecan!

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