This blog was going to be about a viable alternative to the hard to find Southern Tier Pumking, but it turns out the beer we were going to recommend in its place, Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Pumpkin Ale, seems to be just as scarce this year. In years past Frog’s Hollow has long outlasted Pumking on our shelves, but this year it was bestowed with a gold medal at The Great American Beer Festival, causing its popularity to soar. So instead, this blog is now about the brand new Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale from the local Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington.
While most pumpkin beers hit our shelves weeks ago, Wild Onion’s will make its debut next week. It will be the first pumpkin beer that Binny’s will offer in a can. We had the chance to try this on tap over a month ago, and we were impressed by just how much pumpkin and spice flavor was packed into this 5.4% ABV brew. More importantly, it reminded us of pumpkin pie, a trait that most pumpkin beer enthusiasts seek out.
Check your local Binny’s for availability if you wish to acquire Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale, or if you are seeking out the dwindling Southern Tier Pumking or Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Pumpkin Ale. Which pumpkin beer is your favorite this year?