Binny's New Brew: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
Remember Ken? He is the beer manager at Binny's in Buffalo Grove, and shares with us why he can't get enough of Point Brewing's new pumpkin ale, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale. One word to describe this beer: Delicious! What makes it delicious? This beer had a great nose full of pumpkin and cinnamon; plus the head had a gorgeous subtle orange hue to it. I missed out on it last year and later found out it took gold at the GABF 2012 for the pumpkin category. Anyone who loves pumpkin beers has got to pick a four pack up and give it a go, you will not be disappointed! How does it taste? The body has a creamy texture with all the right amounts of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice etc. that you'd expect with a well balanced pumpkin ale. This is the closest beer to compete against Southern Tier's Pumking that I've ever come across! Do you homebrew? I plan to dabble with homebrewing in the future, but right now it's hard enough to keep up with all the new beers coming into our market. To top that off, I have a hard time drinking more than two of the same beer, let alone 5 gallons of it. What's the oddball beer on your shelf that more people should try? I have a soft spot for sour/lambic style beers. From what I've seen, this is a big grey area for most drinkers, but every day this style is gaining more and more popularity. If you see any sour put out by The Bruery, I highly suggest you pick it up. What foods do you pair with your pumpkin ales? The brown sugar and caramel notes pair well with the browned skin of a roasted turkey and who doesn't love turkey around Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie is a no-brainer, but this also balances out a spicy dish with the malty sweetness and nutmeg that pumpkin ales are known for. Do you have a preferred mode of transportation? If it was summer year round, I would have to say hands down that I love riding my 2007 Yamaha R6. Riding a motorcycle in my eyes is the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground and I enjoy going out anytime I can. The last ride I did with some friends was a trip up to New Glarus Brewery and talk about gorgeous countryside and of course, great beer! Summer all year round? That would be great! Thanks for the review, Ken! Join Ken and his beer team Saturday, October 5th for an epic Pumpkin Beer Tasting.