(Brooklyn, NY) – Sixpoint Brewery took to Twitter on Wednesday to declare its feelings on July and August pumpkin beers:
“Any pumpkin beer on shelves now is clearly not made with this year’s pumpkin. Pumpkins are not harvested until October or November.”
Coincidentally, just a few hours earlier, BeerPulse published a press release from Hunterdon Distributors in which the company touted that it had shipped a record 7,000+ case-equivalents of pumpkin ales in July. Hunterdon just happens to be a wholesaler for Sixpoint in New Jersey.
A bit of research shows that this may actually be a Northeast and Mid-Atlantic phenomenon. A search of nearly 1,000 beers on Minnesota-based France44’s website (BeerPulse sponsor) on Wednesday night yielded not a single pumpkin beer.
So…is this phenomenon limited to the East Coast or is it happening elsewhere?