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Day 12: Pumpkin Beer

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Yesterday I passed up pumpkin pancakes because I’m not much of a pancake person, but I should have done it, because the brunch I had instead was subpar.  So maybe next weekend I’ll make some pumpkin pancakes with either apples or bananas.

So what was my pumpkin of the day?  PUMPKIN BEERS!

I went out to dinner with friends and there were 2 different pumpkin beers on the menu, both of which were better than the RJ Rockers pumpkin beer I tried last weekend.

The waiter suggested that I try the Doghead Fish Punkin Ale because it’s made with real pumpkin … pumpkin meat to be precise.  It was good and light but I didn’t really taste any pumpkin.  If I’m going to be that girl that eats and drinks all of the pumpkin things, well, it should taste like pumpkin.  apparently it’s brewed with pumpkin and brown sugar and other delicious spices.  But I didn’t taste much of it.

The other beer I tried was the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale.  It apparently has no actual pumpkin but it does of flavor hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  I thought it was DELICIOUS and pumpkiny but not in a pumpkin pie way.  I had two of these and they were great.  NOTE: don’t confuse this with the Smashed Pumpkin beer that shipyard makes which has 9.0% alc/vol.  Might knock you on your ass, but I’m sure it’s delicious too.


Days 5 – 6: Coffee and Beer

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This weekend I fell a little bit off the pumpkin wagon, but it’s ok!  I plan to get back on it tonight.  Friday and Saturday I had pumpkin coffee from Dunks, hands down the best pumpkin coffee around.  7-11 actually has a pretty good pumpkin roast as well, but let’s not get me started on my dislike of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, or PSLs as they’re trendily called.  I think they taste burnt and awful, as I feel about most of Starbucks coffee, and it doesn’t leave me with that happy fall feeling I get with other pumpkin coffees.

As for the beer, I guess I’ll keep a running list of the beers I’ve tried.  Minus the one I tried 3 weeks ago and I don’t remember.

RJ Rockers is a brewery out of South Carolina.  Their beer can be hard to find up here, but it’s possible.  In May I tried their Son of a Peach (you guessed it!) peach beer which was sour but good.  It had a strong peach taste so I expected their pumpkin beer to be just as pumpkiny.  It wasn’t and I was kind of disappointed.  It wasn’t a bad beer, it was actually pretty good, but I tasted no pumpkin.

AND WAIT!!!!!  I did have pumpkin ice cream.  It was SO GOOD it tasted like pumpkin pie in ice cream form Brusters.  They apparently make a few different pumpkin ice creams, but I only had plain ol’ pumpkin.  Perhaps next time I’ll try pumpkin cheesecake.

I know, this is disappointing for a whole weekend, but I did enjoy fall goodness in the form of apples and cider, and it was so hot that who could think of fall food.

Day 1: Pumpkin Coffee

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I decided to start Day 1 a little slowly.  Had Day 1 of this majestic journey been a weekend, I probably would have gone for broke with 3 pumpkin-intense meals.  But it’s a Tuesday.  So instead Day 1 starts off with a taste of pumpkin into my coffee.

Taking advantage of pumpkin fervor, Jet Puffed now makes Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows.  I was in Wal-Mart and found these lovely delights sitting on a display dedicated to all things fall.  I bought them not really sure what I’d do with them but as soon as I get home I had tons of ideas (stay tuned for Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats).

Sunday morning, my roommate Sarah and I thought why should marshmallows be relegated to hot chocolate and not get to swim in other fabulous oceans of hot beverages.  So placed two Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows in our coffees, added some milk, and took our homemade pumpkin spice coffees church.  And I did the same this morning.  The marshmallows add just a slight hint of pumpkin and sweetness, nothing too overpowering.  If you like your coffee sweet you’re still going to need to add sugar, or just add more marshmallows.

Ingredients (makes ~2 mugs of coffee):
6 scoops coffee
6 cups water
teaspoon (or more!) cinnamon
Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

1. Add cinnamon and coffee to coffee filter.  Pour water into pot and brew as usual.
2. Add marshmallows.  Cream and sugar to your liking.