Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company announced the return of fan-favorite Punkless Dunkel and the introduction of Young Pumpkinstein.
Punkless Dunkel is a dark wheat ale with pumpkin and spices. Starting with an imperial version of a retired brew, Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, as the base, pumpkin puree along with more than a dash of all the classic pumpkin pie spices is added right into the kettle. Dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice is paired with the banana esters and spicy clove notes imparted by the yeast during its vigorous fermentation. There’s a rich malty body, somewhat sweet character and warm finish. This fall staple sits at an ABV of 8.8 percent.
Neshaminy Creek is debuting Young Pumpkinstein, a medium-bodied Marzen-style lager with a toasty malt character brewed with allspice, candied ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer recalls freshly baked bread and ginger snaps — a fall favorite around the brewery. The bright pumpkin spices and classic German hops, Herkules and Hallertauer, compliment the dry finish and 5.2 percent ABV.
Both pumpkin brews will be available on tap and in cans at all three Neshaminy Creek taprooms this August. Punkless Dunkel dropped on Aug. 12 and Young Pumpkinstein will be available Aug. 26. Both beers will be distributed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
“Pumpkin beers have become a standard now for every brewery so we decided to put the Creek’s spin on traditional pumpkin, and thought why not make ours unique and exciting?,” said head brewer Jason Ranck. “It is always astounding to see the support and craving for these fall-forward beers well before the leaves start to turn.”