Dogfish Head has announced the return of Punkin Ale.
The brewery’s seasonal brown ale is brewed with real pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale has spicy notes of cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin, the company reports, with aromas of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
At 7.0% ABV, Punkin Ale is now available nationwide in 6-pack/12-oz. bottles with limited-edition, glow-in-the-dark packaging.
“The annual return of our Punkin Ale is a seasonal ritual I always look forward to, way more than turning back the clock an hour,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and brewer. “The spicy, earthy aromatics of this big brown ale and the reddish golden hue of the liquid itself looks and tastes like vibrant, autumnal foliage squeezed into your pint glass. It’s the perfect accompaniment for a hearty dinner or a sunset hike.”
“When I first homebrewed what is now Punkin Ale nearly 27 years ago, before the inception of Dogfish Head, I never imagined it would one day become a well-loved, seasonal staple for craft beer fans from coast-to-coast,” he adds. “Each year’s re-release is truly a heart-warming reminder of Dogfish Head’s off-centered journey.”
First brewed in 1994, Punkin Ale gets its name from an east coast event, the World Championship of Punkin Chunkin. The event not only brought people from around the world together to see who could hurl a pumpkin the furthest, but also featured a pumpkin-themed baking competition, in which Punkin Ale claimed first prize.
“It was actually kind of comical to watch my homebrewed pumpkin beer beat out all these beautiful, decadent pumpkin-themed desserts — cakes, pies, cookies and more,” says Calagione. “I don’t think a beer had ever been entered into the contest, let alone been chosen as the winner … but folks were really diggin’ it, so I knew I was onto something!”
The beer’s original recipe to this day remains unchanged, but as part of the brewery’s Off-Centered Art Series, Punkin Ale’s label artwork gets a yearly refresh. Highlighting the work of a different guest artist each year, Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series is an annual collection of four beers.
The lineup of label artwork seen throughout the brewery’s 2021 Off-Centered Art Series features the illustration of Ryan Besch, a designer known for his more than 20 years of work creating gig posters and vinyl art for notable names like Phish, the Black Keys, O.A.R. and more.
“Besch’s rendition of the Punkin Ale label sets an eerily exhilarating scene, as a comic book-esque character with a pumpkin for a head is electrified with the shockingly wonderful flavors of Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale,” the company says. “For an even spookier experience, drinkers are encouraged to turn off the lights and watch as their 6pks are illuminated by glow-in-the-dark goodness.”
Visit the brewery’s Fish Finder to track down a 6-pack of Punkin Ale.