“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” - Henry David Thoreau
When Pumpkin Ale debuted at our annual HOP in the City Beer Festival back in 2006, we had no idea what a monster we had created. We were on the precipice of launching a new seasonal series of “Special Release” beers that would be higher in alcohol content than our regular line-up (7%-8% abv) and highlight unique processes and HUGE flavor. Bottling our Pumpkin Ale for this series was a no-brainer. Today the Special Release lineup of Schlafly beers boasts some of our most beloved and talked about beer styles (such as our Tasmanian IPA which is just now hitting shelves throughout our distribution area), but it is Special Release Pumpkin Ale that reigns supreme.
We here at The Saint Louis Brewery have been blown away by the enthusiasm beer drinkers have shown for our Pumpkin Ale and we couldn’t be more appreciative of your support. The 2014 batch (patch?) of Schlafly Pumpkin Ale has also seen a lot of national press, with mentions from Men’s Health, Playboy, Fox News, USA Today, and even taking the top honors when Paste Magazine pitted 47 different pumpkin beers against one another in an epic tasting. We thought it would be fun to share some of these write-ups with you.
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale in the Press in 2014
“This is center-of-the-bullseye pumpkin ale weighing in at a hefty 8%. So tasty and so refreshing, it’s the Paste 2014 Pumpkin Beer Champion.”
“It’s really just excellent all around. It finds a good balance between sweetness and dryness, and it’s relatively easy to drink for something so high in alcohol. Try it, and you’ll see why every beer rating site places this St. Louis offering near the top of its pumpkin ale rankings.”
“Right amount of pumpkin. Perfect amount of sweet.”
“Schlafly Brewing have it figured out. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are added in with lots of pumpkin. The brew is smooth and creamy with pie crust breadyness but also packs a deceptive punch at 8%.”
“Schlafly Pumpkin Ale begins with a nose of pumpkin puree with hints of clove and nutmeg, almost like the beginning stages of baking a pumpkin pie. It has an interesting orange-red color that’s perfect for the season. This brew has a rich pumpkin pie flavor, balanced really well with notes of caramel and some cinnamon to give it a bit of a spicy kick at the end.”
“The words “perfectly spiced” came to mind when I was drinking this beer.”
“Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale is one of the most desired seasonal brews among the craft beer aficionados of the world. This beer is an artfully crafted brew with the flavors of fall (pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg) all taking center stage. The best part is that not one aspect of the beer overpowers the other, leaving Schlafly’s beer to stand as one of the most balanced and memorable offerings of the fall”
“In a market where pumpkin ales are either spice bombs that taste like drippings from a Yankee Candle or bland, gourd-flavored concoctions that sacrifice enjoyment to kick it Colonial Era and keep it real, it’s nice to see a brewer split the difference and get it right. There is a strong backbone of actual pumpkin that has just enough clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel in it to balance out its flavor and give it a finish just fun enough to warrant another.”
- USA Today - Pumpkin Beer Season Starts Early
- Washington City Paper - Why August is Pumpkin Beer Season
- The Robb Report - The Season’s Best Pumpkin Beers