Local Beer = Kayy Great! :: Fire Island Pumpkin Barrel

The most essential part of Super Neat Beer Adventure, Yes!! isn’t the meticulously-crafted and clever jargon infused within every sentence, or the hobo-esque beanies I wear to almost every beer-related event or tasting, regardless of the weather. No. The most essential part of Super Neat Beer Adventure, Yes!! is undoubtedly the beer?more specifically, Long Island beer.

Because of this, we here at Super Neat feel it is essential not only to promote the crafted excellence created on our Island, but to explain why, as well.

Enter Local Beer = Kayy Great!

Local Beer = Kayy Great! will serve as our Long Island-only craft beer review series and will appear in the same fashion as our infamous “Commence Cuddle Sesh Series”?meaning, you’ll never really know when it’s coming. And that’s just how we like it.

Our first official review for Local Beer = Kayy Great!

will be Fire Island Beer Company’s Pumpkin Barrel Ale, pictured below next to my Kelso of Brooklyn pint glass and my Duvel bottle opener that was purchased at a church thrift event for only a buck.


Don’t you just love religious bargains?

On to the review!

Looks like: Liquid autumn. A gorgeous hue of amber-slash-copper, minimal head, light carbonation.

Smells like: The Spice Girls, only if they were a beer. Okay, maybe not. But the nose is Pumpkin Barrel’s strongest point, and it’s all spices?cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, clove?aside from the pumpkin, obviously. Also smell pie crust. Pie. Yum.

Tastes like: Buttery Sweet Pumpkin Hop Pie. Light to medium body, though I leaned more toward medium as I continued to drink. There’s a bitter hop presence (in fact, Magnum hops grown and harvested in Pompey, NY were used during brewing) that smacks at the end, but it balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt and spices. Additional terms that come to mind are “smooth” and “session.”

Overall like: Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and I think the Pumpkin Barrel Ale’s sweet malt and spice profile embodies the mid-September part of the season?when temperatures are just beginning to drop, and scarves are transitioning from fashion accessory to necessity?perfectly. Reminds me of crunching leaves in the backyard when it’s 6:27PM and my mother is yelling to come into the house because the meatloaf and mashed are becoming gross lumps of gross. Definite recommendation.

I’ll end our review of Fire Island Beer Company Pumpkin Barrel Ale with a photograph of my mother and my sister (looking rather “Jersey Shore,” I must say) posing with the Pumpkin Barrel Ale.

Just look at them?THEY LOVE IT!


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niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.