Pumpkin Ales and Cinnamon sugar on the Rim!?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Dray, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. Dray

    Dray Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Is it me or what?
    Why do bars ruin really good Pumpkin ale by putting Cinnamon sugar on the rim of the glass?
    Whos with me on this?
  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I've never seen this practice, but if I did I would ask them not to do it.
  3. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    I am with you on this.
  4. Dray

    Dray Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Its not friggin toast!
    I hesitate ordering one out because they still seem to do it even after you ask them not to.
    $9 Pumking and they put Cinnamon sugar on the Rim.
    Does Al Cerivk have to smack a bitch?
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  5. Snellgg5

    Snellgg5 Aspirant (290) Aug 4, 2011 New Hampshire

    It improves Pumpkinhead, especially when you also add a shot of vanilla vodka.
  6. grumpy

    grumpy Disciple (364) May 24, 2005 Missouri

    "$9 Pumking and they put Cinnamon sugar on the Rim."

    Sounds considerably better than Corona with a lime wedge....
  7. beernut

    beernut Aspirant (294) Jun 6, 2008 New Jersey

    If you ask them not to do it and they still do it, don't accept it, send it back ask for the manager.
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  8. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,438) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Yuck, some are already a sugary pumpkin pie mess. I had an Epic Fermentation Without Representation last week and thought it was the best Pumpkin offering I've ever had. It's a Imperial Pumpkin Porter, lightly spiced at the end. All spice maybe?
  9. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2011 Michigan

    I think I would politely tell them that I thought I ordered a beer and not a margarita.

    Though, if it's just that the waitress is eager to give a rimjob, then maybe we can work something out.
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  10. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,970) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    If they still do it even when asked not to, then that's definitely not cool and I'd send it back.

    Otherwise, honestly, I don't have a problem with it. It's a Pumpkin Ale fer cryin' out loud- by definition it's gimmicky and festive, why not go all the way as long as it tastes good? Heck- they could blend it with a chocolate stout, pour it over ice cream, sugar the rim and add a cinnamon stick stirrer and I'd totally be into it.

    (memo to myself- get ice cream and Young's Double Chocolate Stout on the way home)
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  11. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    What kind of bars are you going to? Where I go, the grizzled, bearded guys running the place wouldnt even consider something so ridiculous.
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  12. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (500) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    That's what ya get for ordering a pumpkin ale. Just sayin'...
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  13. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,438) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    The Pub I go must have 4 Pumpkins on tap right now.
  14. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    OK I'll be that guy...I've done it. Didn't really add a whole lot to the beer, just ended up with cinnamon and sugar in my beard and a sticky face. Consider it a one-and-done.
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  15. Aaron58

    Aaron58 Initiate (195) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    I gotta say. I like it. Cant see why someone wouldnt to be honest. But to each his own
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  16. JLG193

    JLG193 Aspirant (205) Sep 14, 2010 Michigan

    My question is where do you pay $9 for pumking at a bar? Yikes! I just got for 6.
  17. capsfan13

    capsfan13 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2011 Maryland

    They did this recently when my hubby ordered one. He wiped it away. Stupid gimmick.
  18. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    If you need to put sugar on the glass the beer must not be good
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  19. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New York

    They do it because people like it, if you don't like it ask them not to do it and get over it.
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  20. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    I've only had it happen to me once, but it was at a beer festival and the brewery was trying to get some attention.

    If I were at a bar and they served it to me like that, I'd be bummed.
  21. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Hell I'd try it once. Sounds interesting.
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  22. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,091) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    My wife absolutely loves Pumpking with the cinnamon sugar rim. It didn't necessarily ruin it for me but I enjoy the beer just fine without the sugar.
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  23. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I've only ever seen it with Shipyard Pumpkinhead, and it's become a pretty big trend around here, right up there with throwing an orange into a hefe/wit.

    I honestly don't really care - Pumpkinhead is such a strange tasting beer anyway, that the sugared rim kind of fits. I don't mind an occasional Pumpkinhead, and I'll even do it with the sugared rim.

    Harpoon made another beer a couple of years ago for a regional seafood chain (Legal Sea Foods) that was always served with a salted rim. It actually paired perfectly with seafood, though I'd probably puke if I drank it by itself. Point being - there's a time and a place for everything if it is done right.
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  24. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2012 New York

    Ordered shipyard pumpkin at a bar the other day and at the last second asked if they rim they glass, because I didn't want it if they did. He sort of laughed and said "hell no, we don't do that shit" - that was refreshing.

    Having said that, I think I might be ok with a rimmed glass for the lighter pumpkin beers - the kind where it's basically a plain lager with a bit of pumpkin and spice flavor, which aren't all that great to being with. Then again, if they only have those lighter pumpkin beers available, I would prob order something else.
  25. kleo

    kleo Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2009 Massachusetts

    According to "serious craft beer guy" at my old job, the rimming is proof a beer bar knows what they are doing. Honestly found him a very handy resource. If a beer was "freaking amazing," it would be a gimmicky hot mess and his bar suggestions were even worse.
  26. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,652) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Prism Brewing Co. here in the Philly suburbs does this with their one beer. I tried it just because I was curious. If I got it again, I'd ask for it without. Gimmicky, and certainly didn't add anything to the beer.
  27. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    I've seen this done with Great Lakes Christmas ale too (at a TGIFriday's). I asked that they leave it off the rim of my glass. 9 out of 10 times the chain restaurants serve seasonal beers in the wrong glassware too.
  28. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2011 Michigan

    You don't like to have a sticky face?
    At least somebody does.
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  29. IceAce

    IceAce Champion (856) Jan 8, 2004 California

    Does this mean you've never referred to beer as "liquid bread"? Really?
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  30. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (453) Nov 10, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    I can see where this would be tasty for some. Kinda like tossing the glass in the freezer to further chill a beer. Both practices not welcome to the purists.
  31. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    Not as much as your mom does. AAYYOOOOO!
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  32. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Defender (636) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    How about Blue Moon Caramel Apple with caramel and cinnamon around the rim? Had this last week. I think in that case it improves the beer, which is somewhat bland. Pumpkinhead with a cinnamon rim is pretty bad.
  33. Dray

    Dray Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I was bar locked. Didnt drive and was with a bunch of people that like the crap place we went to. This bars craft selection was Pumking and Dogfish 60. Other than that it was BMC City!!!
  34. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    ive heard of it but if they did that to my beer i would cry
  35. bugdoc

    bugdoc Aspirant (208) Apr 4, 2011 California
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    Aren't most pumpkin beers all about getting a snootful of pumpkin pie spices anyway? Don't see how the adornment would manage to overwhelm that stuff - perhaps from an aesthetic standpoint, you just object to the apple-tini-izing of your beer?
  36. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Pumpking + extra sugar= instant sugarbeetus. My teeth and stomach hurt just thinking about that.
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  37. Mohican88

    Mohican88 Initiate (194) Jan 20, 2010 Ohio
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    Saranac is selling cinnamon sugar just for this on their website. *facepalm*
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  38. RStang13

    RStang13 Initiate (105) Jun 22, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Not for me, but if it gets my wife to enjoy a beer while we're out... Rim away!
  39. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Doesn't BA magazine have a segment dedicated to beer cocktails? Some of these cocktails involve both beer and sweet ingredients. My point is, getting experimental with beer is part of the hobby. The cinnamon/sugar rim is something joe-shmoe will dig because it's flavors he knows presented in a way he understands (the salted/sugared rim delivery method). And bars want Joe Shmoe to order craft beers, so I get why they are doing it. It's not my cup of tea, so I would just ask them to bring the pint as is.
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  40. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    I'm with ya, too. Except some of my friends look at me as if I'm from another planet when I stare at them like I think they're abnormal.
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