Here’s to 23 years of delicious pumpkin beers. Catawba Brewing’s King Don’s Pumpkin Ale is back and looking more regal than ever in a brand new can. Fuzzy Math: “How can it be 23 years if Catawba opened in 1999?”
Actually, the award-winning recipe for this spiced pumpkin ale pre-dates Catawba Brewing. King Don’s traces its roots to the old Cottonwood Brewery in Boone, where head brewer, Don Richardson, perfected his pumpkin ale in 1997.
A few years later after Cottonwood was sold, Richardson agreed to lend his pumpkin beer recipe to his friend, Scott Pyatt, co-owner of Catawba Brewing.
Richardson has gone on to open Quest Brewing in Greenville, South Carolina. Meanwhile, Catawba has continued to faithfully reproduce his recipe as an annual limited release since 2001, under the “King Don’s” name to honor its original brewer.
This complex beer uses five separate barley styles, and artistic touch of hops, spices normally used for baking, and fresh pumpkin. The flavors meld into a wonderfully smooth, orange-hued beer that sports a luscious, creamy foam head.
King Don’s is deep orange in color, and uses five separate barley varieties, fresh pumpkin, and an assortment of spices to create its pumpkin-pie-in-a-glass flavor profile. At 5.5% ABV, it is smoothly drinkable.
Enjoy King Don’s at Catawba tasting rooms, and soon in Catawba’s five-state distribution area. In Asheville, Catawba Brewing tasting rooms are at 32 Banks Ave., South Slope, and 63 Brook St., in Biltmore Village. Visit www.catawbabrewing.com.