Catawba Brewing King Don's Pumpkin Ale cans

Fall has arrived — in liquid form, anyway. That’s great news, because at Catawba Brewing, beer fall, and real fall, just happen to be two wonderful seasons.

Catawba’s King Don’s Pumpkin Ale is pouring now at all Catawba taprooms.

It’s a recipe Catawba folks have revered for 24 years. Since the King is now old enough to have finished grad school, Catawba Brewing suspects beer lovers may be well acquainted already.

About King Don's Pumpkin Ale

For the uninitiated, the King Don’s story is one of Catawba Brewing’s favorite pieces of craft beer trivia: How is it that Catawba has a production recipe that predates the brewery?

This award-winning recipe traces its roots to the old Cottonwood Brewery in Boone, where head brewer, Don Richardson, perfected his spiced pumpkin ale in 1997. A few years later after Cottonwood had sold, Don generously agreed to lend his pumpkin beer recipe to his good friend, Scott Pyatt, co-owner of Catawba Brewing.

Catawba has continued to faithfully reproduce the beer as an annual limited release, under the King Don’s name to honor its original brewer.

King Don’s is deep orange in color, and uses five separate barley varieties, fresh pumpkin, and an assortment of spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, nutmeg) to create its complex flavor profile. It drinks like pumpkin pie in a glass.

In Asheville, Catawba Brewing taprooms are at 32 Banks Ave., on the South Slope, and at 63 Brook St., in Biltmore Village. Visit www.catawbabrewing.com.