Pumpkin season's getting kinky.
And there might be no sexier way to catch a nutmeg-and-clove-spiced buzz this fall than in a tall, froth-topped mug of Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Punkel.
That's what happens when a German Dunkel loves a pumpkin very, very much. They become one, and nine months later, out comes the fermented fruit of that love: a bona fide Punkel.
The traditionally dark lager has a smooth, malt flavor that incorporates pumpkin pie spices for a killer brew that warms you from the inside out thanks to a strong-but-not-too-strong 5.4% alcohol by volume.
As for bitterness, it only rates a 22 on the International Bitterness Units (IBU) scale (for comparison, a typical IPA tops 70), so it's enjoyable to a variety of palates — in other words Punkel will be appreciated by hardcore beer lovers and casual fans alike at your Halloween and holiday parties.
Now available in bottles for home enjoyment, the dark beer pairs perfectly with hearty autumnal dishes, such as spicy Texas chili, grilled venison chops, or as the brewmasters themselves recommend, corn dogs.
And when a Punkel loves a corn dog....
Lakewood Brewing Company Punkel
Available in bottles: Kroger; Green Grocer; Central Market; Whole Foods; Specs
Available on draft: Londoner Addison; Goodfriend; Jack Mac's; Rodeo Goat