Pumpkin beer here and near

For those who didn’t get the email, allow me to make your day by telling you Susquehanna Brewing Company is introducing this year’s version of its pumpkin ale today, Friday, August 24. Billed a “Tasting Room Release!” (their exclamation point, not mine) it begins at noon and runs to 10 p.m.
You just know I will be there. And I am hoping my wife will join me. And I’m hoping all the friends I’ve alerted will be there too. I’m thinking late afternoon/early evening. A perfect way to kick-off the weekend.
I love everything about pumpkin beer. Except the taste. I’ll get back to that in a minute.
I love the thought of pumpkin beer, or to be exact where SBC is concerned, pumpkin ale. I love the look of the SBC pumpkin ale label. I love the design of the email. I love how the orange type works with the amber color of the brew. I love that it gives me something to celebrate now that summer is winding down.
Now, about the taste.
When pumpkin beer or pumpkin ale first appeared a few years back, I was all about it. After all, I am a card-carrying pumpkin pie fan. When Tastykake came out with pumpkin pies more than a decade ago, I couldn’t get enough of them. I backed off on that a bit. Taking note of the carbs in only one did the trick.
The point is, I like the flavor of pumpkin.
But, despite my initial enthusiasm, I’m just not sure I like it in beer.
Actually, I am sure. I don’t.
After sampling and enjoying lemon-flavored beer, and grapefruit, and blueberry, and raspberry, and orange, and even jalapeno pepper, I’ve concluded that I like the flavor of beer all by itself. It needs no enhancement.
But that’s just me.
And just me for the time being.
I intend to show up at SBC today with a completely open mind. I intend to look at SBC’s pumpkin ale with fresh eyes. And fresh taste buds.
I’m truly hoping SBC’s pumpkin ale wins me over.
Nothing would please me more than to rekindle a relationship with this old love interest! (my exclamation point this time.)

Ed Ackerman