Al’s of Hampden in Enola, Pennsylvania, showed off a big stack of Pumking cases on its Instagram feed on Monday with a note, “Get it while it lasts.” It may be worth noting that temps in Enola are in the 90s this week with Accuweather’s RealFeel temps eclipsing 100 degrees.
The nearby Brass Rail Deli also reported delivery.
A photo from Better Beer Bureau on Twitter shows a born on date of “05.28.14.’
Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale usually comes out in early July as well though the latest brewery newsletter in mid-June did not reference it. Weyerbacher founder, Dan Weirback, told Seen Through a Glass a couple years ago that early pumpkin beer production is largely attributable to restraints on the ability to accommodate growing pre-orders.
The pumpkin ale style has long been a cornerstone of the seasonal creep movement. The first pumpkin beer that we noted in 2013 wasn’t until Mid-July though Pumking’s return is in line with the release timing of 2012’s first batch of pumpkin ales two years ago.
So for those fearing this might mean pumpkin beer in April in a few years, fret not. At least the first or second week of July seems to be a pretty consistent launching date for the annual pumpkin beers.