Some news. Apparently my friend Nik (pictured above) has created Saint Arnold's latest brew: Divine Reserve #9, an Imperial Stout Pumpkin Ale. It will be on the shelves December 1. Katharine Shilcutt writes in the Houston Press:
The #9 has a strong initial scent of nutmeg and cinnamon -- unsurprising, as Harris told us they used pumpkin pie spice in the recipe -- but that spiciness fades quickly and pleasantly upon drinking. Despite the fact that there quite literally is an entire pumpkin (canned pumpkin, at least) in every single keg, the pumpkin flavor isn't at all overwhelming. In fact, the tastes of caramel and chocolate are at least as strong as the pumpkin, owing in part to the dark malts that were used in the recipe. The result is a dark, creamy, strong, rich beer -- completely unlike any other pumpkin beers we've tasted (which tend to be mild, lighter and almost fruity).Sounds delicious, right? I get to try it tomorrow. Stay tuned for the report.
In other news, Welcome Hometta: Boston has been extended for a week. Go see the exhibit at pinkcomma gallery through Friday, November 20.