The Brewski Report Reviews Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale Beer and Decorating the Christmas Tree.
File Date: 11.28.09
File Name: My Christmas Decorating Timeline Gets Shortened.
The Beer: Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Stats: 5.00% ABV
Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Country of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. Later, they acquired a former matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery. Although the brewery is looking to expand its brewing capacity in the City, at present most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, are brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing.
Brewer Brand Hype: Available from August through November. Early American Colonialists seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious.
Label: In the 18th Century, colonial Americans brewed wonderful and interesting ales by using local ingredients. Barley was the principal ingredient but pumpkins were also used. Pumpkins were favored by brewers for their rich, spicy flavors which melded perfectly with the malted barley. Post Road brings you a delicious rendition of this traditional American classic.
The Brewski Review: Two days after Thanksgiving and I still don’t have any decorations up. I told my wife that if I didn’t get them up today they weren’t getting up. There are too many projects around the house to spend a week decorating for Christmas. Yes. It’s my favorite time of year but let’s face it, who has the time to go all out? Lottery winners and stay at home mothers? Or, maybe the guys who have nothing to do at home because it’s too cold to golf? Please. One fortunate circumstance that’s helped me reduce decorating time are my two young kids. The upside: 95% of the tree ornaments don’t come out of the box. We only try to put up unbreakables at this stage. The downside: I figure, since the house will kill me before the kids know better than to pull them down and break ’em, I won’t live to see us put my childhood ornaments on the tree. Maybe my kids will enjoy them after I’m gone. Riiiight. By the time they’ll appreciate such simple things, they’ll have their own kids. So, in order to get something done today I was racing around like a trucker jacked up on caffine and chocolate milk. The outside decorating was finished and the tree was up (with the help from my wife). As a reward I skipped the fridge in the kitchen (which has a few English Ales tucked in the back) and headed out to the fridge in the garage for a nice seasonal Pumpkin Ale. Post Road is what I pulled out amongst the group. As with the other Pumpkin Ales I’ve tried, it was rather good. The spice flavor is enjoyable to my taste buds. Although I didn’t think this was a fabulous brew, it was good none-the-less. It’s hard for me to rate a beer very low since, well, I like beer. Some types more than others. When I rate a beer excessively low figure that I probably puked or got very ill.
Drinkability: Decent beverage. Would drink it again.
Appearance: Pale to medium amber in color.
The Buds: As noted, I enjoy the spicy flavor of Pumpkin Ale.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.