Got Your Pumpkin Head?

(Fernie, BC) – Fernie Brewing Co.’s cauldrons are all of a bubble this Fall.  But aiming to tickle your taste buds rather than send you screaming through the halls, we’ve replaced eye of newt and toe of frog, with the more familiar and popular aromas of organic pumpkin and seasonal spices.  The result is pretty darn tasty.  Even if we do say so our self.

Our Pumpkin Brown Ale stems from our infamous First Trax Brown Ale, but is instead brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and numerous spices to create a deliciously smooth and tasty accompaniment to your favourite seasonal dish.  Resulting in a brew fit for any beer connoisseur or your average turkey aficionado.

But where did Pumpkin Head grow from?  An organic farm in Osoyoos to be precise.  Then we added two keen Brewers, a whole lot of passion to try something new and something to match the season of Fall, which speaks for itself really – warm, rich and dark.  The FBC family pulled together – sourcing fresh organic pumpkins, picking the perfect name, not to mention buying Fernie out of every spice and then some.  (We apologize if you can’t find any cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves or allspice for your Thanksgiving feast.  As you can imagine we required a considerable amount to go with our 150lbs of pumpkin).

However, after 8hrs of shucking (as it’s now more commonly known), roasting and peeling, our Brewers, Paul Graham and Tyler Papp were prepped to brew up a pumpkin storm.  Paul wistfully recollects how the idea came about, “as the mornings got cooler and the beautiful backdrop of Fernie turned to a kaleidoscope of Fall colours, the crew at FBC started dreaming of Thanksgiving feasting and of course a beverage to accompany the time.  Quickly dismissing a turkey beer, thoughts of something spicier came to mind.  And Pumpkin Head was born.  A smooth brown ale, with light spices and of course, pumpkin”.  We think they hit the nail on the head.

Is your mouth watering yet?  If so, now is the time to get your hands on a few bottles of the good stuff to wash down your turkey dinner.  It can be found on tap and in 650ml bottles in Fernie, BC and at a number of locations in the East Kootenays.  But this truly is a small batch beer, so stocks are limited!  And of course, if you do miss out, we can recommend a number of other FBC products to help you celebrate the season in style, from our Rocky Mountain Lager, Griz Pale Ale and First Trax Brown Ale in cans, or our What the Huck – Huckleberry Wheat and O’ Willy Wit – Belgian White Ale in 650ml bottles.

Watch this space!  As rumour has it, another new and delectable FBC treat will be arriving with the snow, guaranteed to brew your ski socks off.

For immediate release October 2010 – Abi Moore