Two recent productions from New Belgium Brewing captured my attention:
For those who do not care for pumpkin brewed beers, read no further. To be sure, my relationship with pumpkin ale goes way back: to Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale from California, to Brooklyn’s Post Road Ale in Utica, New York where Saranac Pumpkin Ale is also produced.
Locally there were magnificent versions from Samuel Adams. Then from St. Louis, there is Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, ridiculed by the anti-pumpkin sensibility, I found this to be a strong pumpkin ale that was a bit of a revelation, especially because I rarely consume pumpkin pie.
New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin Ale is the first I sampled in 2017, and it is a magical marvelous recipe. Here the pumpkin is used with cinnamon and habanero peppers, which gives this ale a very tasty profile, with pleasant heat in the finish. Quite good.
I think the late Pierre Celis would approve of New Belgium’s take on Belgian white. Fat Tire Belgian White far exceeds the mediocrity of Blue Moon of Molson-Coors fame.
The precise use of Seville orange zest combined with fresh coriander, make this one delicious drinking experience. One of the best beers available now in the United States, and I’m not kidding.
Cheers and peace.
The Beer Doctor