Southern Tier Pumking
Fall is just the lovely prelude to a harsh winter in Southern Tier's hometown of Lakewood, N.Y. It doesn't hurt to have something to keep you nice and warm as the colors change and the temperatures dip.
Pumpking packs some serious heat at 8.6% ABV, but there isn't a whole lot of alcohol to its flavor. It's a dark orange beer that smells like a pumpkin scone, tastes like pumpkin pie filling at the beginning and finishes like a cinnamon-and-sugar milkshake. It's also extremely popular, with Southern Tier saying sales have increased 50% to 80% since its debut. There's a rare oak-barrel version that may require a trip to Southern Tier's brewpub, but the original recipe is enough to keep even the most discriminating beer lover nice and toasty.