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Thursday, August 22, 2013

8/22/13 Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale

So its been an interesting week. On Monday I went up to Dorko's in Mount Carmel for team trivia. My trivia team the RZA didn't fair so well starting behind and never really catching up but still the night had some real bright spots. Both me and fellow teammate Jason Burgess won the between round question and I hit for $250 on a scratch off. I also answered the question put out for a t shirt correctly and ended up winning that. All in all a pretty good night and any night playing trivia is better than a night not.

This week I stopped by Weis in Pottsville to restock the beer fridge and start sampling some of the fall season brews. I prefer to first focus in on the more local fairs so I picked up a six pack of Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale produced by the Lion Brewing Company in Wilkes Barre, PA.

In 1974 Stegmaier was acquired by the Lion Brewing Company when Stegmaier closed its doors. Lion began making Stegmaier's Gold Medal, Porter and Light. Under the Stegmaier name Lion Brewing company also produces a craft series which includes an IPA, white ale and pale ale. They also have three other seasonal beers which are Oktoberfest, Summer Stock Pils, and Winter Warmer.

On this night I had this Pumpkin Ale in a pint glass. The bottle temperature was 41 degrees amd I had my first taste at 47.4 degrees. The head size was small at about 1/2" with a fizzy off white head appearance. The head lacing was almost non existent and the head dissipated pretty quickly. The carbonation was little with a normal clarity and a gold color. The taste was a cinnamon pumpkin with a honey wheat aroma. The flavor was light with an average finish length and a creamy mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the back and the body lacing was virtually none. Overall though it is not a bad representation of a pumpkin ale and at its price point it can't be beat. Its ABV is low for the style and for someone just getting into craft beers, this is a great one. You can put forth a small amount of money and get something off the beaten path and that is something rare and worth trying. So thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.
Cost: $7.29 for a six pack (Weis Pottsville, PA)
ABV: 5.50%
Glassware: Pint
Pairing: Desert, poultry
Serving Temp: 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit

Nutritional Information from myfitnesspal.com

Stegmaier - Pumpkin Ale

Calories135Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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