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An Apology: It’s Pumking not PumpKing


I feel like an idiot.

I thought Rob told me that I was spelling Pumking wrong. I thought he told me that I was leaving out the second “p” in the word in my recent posts and that I needed to add it. When I posted on Tuesday, I made sure to add that “p” so as not to disrespect one of my favorite fall/seasonal beers!

But I was wrong. He was telling me the opposite.

How could I be wrong? After all, I did spell it correctly here and here. Right?

But then I spelled it incorrectly here, here and then not only in the post, but also in the title: here.

Talk about inconsistent.

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

This beautiful, delectable fall beer is called Pumking, NOT Pumpking and I need to show it some respect. How dare I spell it incorrectly and then insist that you try to find this beer only to be lost… Or maybe you even found a knockoff that doesn’t even begin to showcase what this beer is all about! YIKES!

You know what’s funny?

It’s about this time of year that I start getting annoyed with all the pumpkin-flavored this and pumpkin-flavored that ads and blog posts. Enough pumpkin already!

But really, I don’t mind pumpkin. In fact, I actually really do like it. I don’t even know why I get annoyed by all the pumpkin-ing this time of year. Maybe I’m just bombarded by it. It’s overkill. Despite this, I have a Pinterest board of recipes labeled “Stupid Pumpkin Bandwagon.” Talk about contradictory.

So the fact that I keep jamming this beer down your throat is a bit hilarious, really.

I have not gone back to fix those mistakes in previous posts because I’m woman enough to own up to them. And I need to give Southern Tier’s Pumking another day in the limelight for my mistake…

It’s excellent in the bottle, but even better on tap.  And it’s probably on my list of Top 10 beers of all time. If Pumking’s on tap, I’m never gonna turn it down. So if you haven’t tried it yet, well, you better – before it’s gone. The season is almost over. GO SEEK IT OUT NOW!

Have you enjoyed a Southern Tier Pumking before?

If not, what’s holding you back!?

What’s your favorite pumpkin-flavored dish/meal/snack/goodie/beverage?


Patty Melts & PumpKing


One late Sunday afternoon, Rob and I decided to have an early dinner at one of our favorite Hipster joints – The Lowry. {Yes, I know. We’ve been there soooo many times and I still need to post about it.} However, forgetting that the Vikings’ game was in town, we ended up in the throes of traffic. Before we got stuck amidst it all, I called an audible {get the football reference?!} and told Rob to exit. We headed over to St. Paul to another Blue Plate restaurant – the Groveland Tap.

We had only been there once before. This time, we were able to pull a seat up to the bar. We were happy to see that one of our favorite Twin Cities breweries – Steel Toe – was featured on tap with their Size 7 IPA. And it’s always nice to see the local Surly representing, too.


But we just had to have a bit of PumpKing since it is our favorite pumpkin ale and it was on tap. We wanted to make sure we didn’t miss out on the last of it. It’s probably one of my Top Ten Favorite Beers, if I were to have such a list… Hmmm…

We also tried a the local Lucid Seasonal which was pretty good, too. If I remember correctly, it was even on Cask. Wait, it was! I just found a photo I took of the board that listed all of the beers: Lucid Amber with Pumpkin Spice & Clove.

002I was indecisive on what I wanted to eat and eventually ordered the Turkey Burger because it sounded similar to the one I love over at the Lowry, a sister restaurant. There’s no photo here, but rest assured I devoured it and a had few of the Cajun fries that came with it. It was very good, but not exactly the same as what I remembered from Lowry. But here’s the other thing eating that turkey burger reminded me to do:

Learn to make poblano pesto!

It’s what they put on their turkey burgers and I love it. There’s something about poblanos that I’ve learned from cooking out of The Homesick Texan, that gives Tex-Mex its flavor without being spicy like, say, a jalapeno. You know me, all about flavor.

I thought Rob would go with a Juicy Lucy, since he loved it last time. But he decided to go with the Patty Melt, instead, and this time with Parmesan-Garlic Fries.

001So, while the photo does this burger no justice {it was an afterthought}, at least I snapped one. Rob said this Patty Melt has usurped his best Patty Melt at Harry’s Café! It sounds like it’s time to update the Top 10 Burger List! And those parmesan-garlic fries put the cajun ones to shame.

So this is our formal personal reminder note:
Get the parmesan-garlic fries next time we find ourselves at the Groveland Tap.


I mentioned that Groveland Tap is part of a group of restaurants owned by Blue Plate. Normally, I’m turned off by chain restaurants. It’s not a chain per se. Each of these restaurants has its own unique menu, character and overall feel. And the food is really good. We’ve been pleased every time. I liked this sign outside of Groveland tap that describes each restaurant:004And a quick skim of the Blue Plate website indicated that a new restaurant called the Freehouse is opening in December. I think we’re going to have to check that one out!

What are your favorite burger toppings?

Have you ever topped with poblano pesto?!