Happy Halloween everyone! I’ve been so excited to do this pairing as soon as I saw Pumpking in my local beer store. So to end my month of pumpkin beers, we’re ending with what is considered one of the best: Pumpking!
Since this is Halloween I wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite treats as a kid on my favorite holiday. Dirt is a fun dessert for kids and kids at heart. So who’s ready for a Halloween treat?
Pumpking’s bottle has a ton of information on it. It tells you what kind of glass to drink it in (a goblet of course) and tells you it’s pagan inspiration (from the Celtic legend of the mythical horse beast, Púca). It’s easy to see that the creators of Pumpking, Southern Tier Brewing Company, put a lot of thought and effort into this beer.
This beer was brewed with two types of malts, two varieties of hops, pumpkin, and natural flavors. It is really pumpkin pie in a bottle?
Style: Imperial Ale with 8.6% alc./vol.
Color: I agree with the bottle, it has a nice deep copper color.
Aroma: The smell f pumpkin pie spices is almost immediate. The bottle says there is also vanilla, but I thought it was harder to make out.
Taste: Smooth malts and a little sweetness to balance out the spices.
Level of Recommendation: An adult Halloween treat for the season
Dirt is really simple to make and fun to eat. I used to ask for it for my birthday instead of cake. It was fun to eat something so silly.
What you’ll need:
- 1 Vanilla pudding
- 2 Chocolate puddings
- 4 Oreo cookies
- Sour gummy worms
In a clear bowl (or clean tin bucket), create the first layer with vanilla pudding. Smooth out the pudding before adding some gummy worms. Next add a layer of chocolate pudding. Smooth out the layer and add more gummy worms. Add the final layer of chocolate pudding and gummy worms.
In a plastic bag crush the Oreo cookies. Spread the cookies on top of the layers of pudding and gummy worms.
I think the chocolate pudding works really well with the pumpkin spices in the beer. There’s now plenty of vanilla flavor too, but it’s not overpowering. It’s rich and full of dessert flavors.
Level of Recommendation: The dessert for a Halloween dinner party for sure!