Head Craft Brewery Puts the "PUNK" in Punkin Ale
By FBWorld Team
those lighters up, craft beer fans! Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's
Punkin Ale - one of the best-selling pumpkin beers in America
- is back with a new, chart-topping look by Off-Centered Art
Series artist Michael Hacker. A fan-favorite, full-bodied brown
ale, Punkin Ale is brewed to 7% ABV with real pumpkin meat,
brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
year, Punkin Ale makes its 25th annual encore wearing playful
artwork adorned by animated pumpkin characters playing in a
punk rock band.
Ale made its first commercial appearance in 1995, but its story
begins back in 1994 at the World Championship of Punkin Chunkin,
a legendary fall event that brings folks from around the world
to the Delmarva area to see who could hurl a pumpkin the furthest,"
said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. "It was there
that I entered my first-ever batch of pumpkin beer into a baking
contest. It ended up winning first place - beating out a boatload
of homemade pumpkin cookies, pies and cakes - and Punkin Ale
as we know it was born. I even named the beer after the festival's
Punkin Chunkin competition."
its debut, the recipe for Punkin Ale has remained the same,
but the beer's artwork has seen many variations. This year's
label lends a spirited nod to Dogfish Head's longtime love of
music, especially punk rock music. Hacker's design features
a melodic trio of cartoon pumpkin characters 'rockin' it out'
on stage in front of a live audience. The band includes a singer,
a guitarist and a drummer, all of which are fully engrossed
in their hard-hitting tunes. The small details in Hacker's work
- like pumpkin people throwing up the 'rock on' sign and crowd
surfing through a sea of fans - amplify the scene's allure,
drawing beer drinkers deeper into the imaginary concert until
sounds of shrill guitar runs and booming bass drums become audible.
a beer geek with a music problem, I couldn't be more excited
about this year's Punkin Ale packaging," said Calagione.
"It captures the essence and energy of a punk rock concert
in an interesting and lighthearted way. Makes me want to grab
a bottle of Punkin and take my turn up on the stage!"