GUYS. Have you ever had Berger Cookies? If not, slap yourself and go to the grocery store and buy some now. You’ll thank me in a week and be ten pounds fatter. Berger Cookies are a Baltimore CLASSIC. They’re cookies covered and I mean COVERED in the most amazing fudge. Why am I writing about this on a beer blog? Well, Full Tilt Brewing Company just released a Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout. Here are all the reason this is big news: 1. Baltimore Rules, 2. Berger cookies rule, and 3. Beer rules! Save me a six pack with my name on it for May 1st of next year because it’s all I want for my 21st birthday.
“Full Tilt Brewing’s BERGER COOKIE CHOCOLATE STOUT is brewed with Baltimore’s legendary dessert. This Sweet Stout starts with grist of 2-Row Pale, Crystal 85L, Carapils, Chocolate Malt, and Chocolate Wheat. The Berger Cookie character begins by adding actual Berger Cookies and lactose to the boil with Nugget and Tettnang hops for balance. Cacao Nibs are added during secondary fermentation enhancing aroma. Finally, vanilla is introduced in the brite tank rounding off Full Tilt’s homage to DeBaufre Bakery. “Anytime is a good time, with Berger Cookies”… and Full Tilt!”
The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, the boots are coming out, this can only mean one thing- IT’S FINALLY FALL! The best season with the best drinks. Bring on the pumpkin beer!
Maryland has a wide selection of breweries releasing their pumpkin beer around this time. Here is a list of some smashing pumpkin ales.
Pub Dog’s Monster Mash: Pub Dog started in 2005 as a pizza and draft house in Baltimore. They have since expanded, opening a brewery in Westmister, MD. This brew is a pumpkin/yam style. The label reads 6.66% ABV, those clever dogs! Sounds like a graveyard smash to me.
Flying Dog’s The Fear: Flying Dog originated in Colorado and relocated to Frederick, MD in 1994. Donned with crazy original Ralph Steadman art, this label is eye catching. This is an imperial pumpkin ale. This beer’s ingredients make it sound more like pumpkin pie; It is brewed with local pumpkin puree and a secret blend of spices. Racking up 9.0% ABV, this beer is not for the fearful.
Heavy Sea’s Great’er Pumpkin Ale: A brewery out of Baltimore, MD dating back to 1995. Heavy sea’s is a very popular baltimore brewery with a popular pumpkin beer. The Great’er is a bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale. Barrel-aging the beer add oaky, vanilla notes making this beer full of flavor. A strong flavored and very alcoholic beer (10.0% ABV!).
There you have it, some of the finest pumpkin beers around town.