Way back in 1994, six months before the brewery opened for business, the folks at Dogfish Head entered their pumpkin and brown sugar-flavored homebrew into the Delaware Punkin Chunkin festival's recipe contest and walked away with first prize. They named their signature fall seasonal Punkin Ale in honor of the quirky fall festival where pumpkins hurl through the air, some reaching heights of 4,000 feet.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale — Photo courtesy of Amber DeGrace
Dogfish Head Brewery has released its Punkin Ale every year since. The full-bodied brown is brewed with real pumpkin meat, brown sugar and fall spices sourced from Frontier Well Earth Coop. With seven percent alcohol by volume, its the perfect brew to take the edge off a chilly autumn evening. This fall seasonal stands apart from its often sweet competitors with a subdued pumpkin flavor and a bitter hops note that Dogfish Head is known for.
If you happen to be in Milton, Delaware, head over to the brewery for a free tour through the brew house, cellars and bottling area, finishing with four samples in the tasting room. If you're pressed for time, the tasting room pours samples for of-age visitors on Tuesday through Saturday. To sample some of the brewery's more unique offerings, sit down for a meal at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in its original Rehoboth Beach location and the site of Dogfish Head's experimental brewery and spirits distillery.