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Get A Blumpkin: The Pumpkin Spice Latte For Beer Drinkers

Get A Blumpkin: The Pumpkin Spice Latte For Beer Drinkers

You read the title right. I’m telling every person reading this to find some time to get a blumpkin while you still can this year. I got one at the bar the other night and let me tell you two words: Game. Changer. It went down so smooth accompanied by aromatic hints of roast coffee and nuts, with a sweet finish.

A few of you are probably are wondering, “What in the hell is a blumpkin?” Well you’ve heard of a “Black and Blue” right? If not that’s when you layer a stout like Guinness with a Blue Moon. It’s an interesting combination of two different beers that when put together give you a totally new and unique flavor.

A “black and pumpkin” (or “blumpkin” for short) is a stout or porter layered with a delicious seasonal pumpkin ale. Now I know that’s pretty vague, but most stouts and porters usually have chocolate, nutty, and/or coffee notes that pair perfectly with a seasonal pumpkin. Don’t believe me? Pumpkin Spice coffee is all the rage when October comes around, and if you’re still trying to tell me it’s not a feasible flavor concept, just give it a try. If you don’t like it give me a tweet and I’ll try to recommend something a little less basic, you beer snob. Before you knock it though, next time you’re out at the bar ask your local bartender for a blumpkin. They’ll probably assume you’re an Untappd legend and not messing around when it comes to your beer.

It doesn’t take much for everyone to assume by now pumpkin beers are a seasonal treat for me. I’ve always enjoyed them this time of year starting with the first Dogfish Pumpkin Ale introduced to me back at my college tap house. You know, when I wanted to take a break from guzzling down light beers and Kentucky Gentleman. Now, when fall rolls around, my goal is to try as many pumpkin beers as I can consume while finding as many possible new ways to enjoy them. So when the thought of getting a blumpkin popped into my mind after a few beers (read: six) at the local tap house, I had to try it. I gave the bartender that universal head nod and asked him to give me a blumpkin with some pig iron porter and a pumpkin ale.

I personally prefer a DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus with a Lancaster Baked Pumpkin Ale. The rich chocolate notes combined with the seasonal pumpkin pie spices just mesh together in my pint glass, or if I’m feeling particularly thirsty, my oversized 36-ounce beer mug. But I know there are plenty of strokes for different folks, and brews for different crews. With all of the beer available on the market today, it’s absurd to think that combination is the only way to enjoy a blumpkin this fall. You want to try a pumpkin spice latte blumpkin? Get yourself a Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout paired with their Terrapin Pumpkin Fest for a blumpkin with notes of roasted coffee, spices, and just a hint of sweetness from the oatmeal and pumpkin as you finish. Everyone will probably agree nothing is quite as odd and enjoyable as a blumpkin when it goes down.

So this fall, be sure to get out and enjoy a blumpkin. Whether it’s with your significant other in the comfort of your own home, at the company happy hour with that coworker in HR, or even with a complete stranger at the bar. If they have any hesitations, just google blumpkin and lead them here.

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Same old Shibbster. Founder of #MargLife and the blumpkin beer craze. ShibbyTFM@Gmail.com

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