We’re all thinking it as we step out of our homes into this sticky-icky weather. It can’t possibly be Fall! It’s September 13th and while I may have given in to my first pumpkin coffee of the year last weekend, today’s coffee was iced and coconut flavored. I’m sucking down suntan lotion while Starbucks has launched their PS 10 campaign. I can’t believe I’m actually writing about my most favorite Fall topic. The All Things Pumpkin 2013 Report will now commence:
I’ve been meaning to write about Maloney’s for ages. In 2008 I started working at a famous Greenwich Village staple called Peculier Pub which carries well over 350 imported and domestic beers. When I first heard about the likes of Maloney’s opening up in Matawan I was shocked. I thought it a bit ambitious for the town and a complete rip-off of our entire beer menu. (How could they push all of those beers consistently without the demand?) Five years later and the bar is still in business. They have since streamlined their menu (predictable) and now offer 100 drafts and operate with a “no bottles” policy. While 100 beers on draft may be quite impressive they dare to call themselves “The largest beer bar on the East Coast.” (I’d check your references Mr. Bartender.) That’s a Bold BOLD statement.
I was intrigued when I was invited to the launch of their first pumpkin brews (for the season) release party. That’s right I said it! First it was Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and now the pumpkin beers are here! Maloney’s Southern Tier promo brought the crowds in by 6:00pm Wednesday night with the unveiling of Southern Tier’s Warlock Imperial Stout and their famous seasonal Pumking Ale. Early birds went home with a Southern Tier goblet for their beer sipping enjoyment. Sadly getting out of work at 5:30 Wednesday didn’t cut it. I missed out on the glass, but I made sure I got my pumpkin on.
The Warlock Stout: I was really looking forward to this and it was nothing short of amazing. Part of Southern Tier’s “Blackwater Series” it’s one of four delicious dark beers that happens to be brewed with pumpkins. Malty, spicy and pumpkiny would be my choice of adjectives here! Meant to be sipped out of a goblet, its kind of like dessert in a glass. Their website even recommends pouring it over some vanilla ice cream. YUM.
Now priding itself as “The biggest beer bar on the East Coast” (lies) they have about 5-6 pumpkin beers on draft at any given time. What does this mean for you? Pumpkin flights on demand all Fall/Winter! I’m not sure what the forecast is for their taps this year, but I know so far they’re starting off strong with Southern Tier’s Warlock and Pumking.
French onion soup may not be ideal with pumpkin flavored beer, but it’s a solid item on their menu. After living in Europe for nearly four years, I can make a meal out of a crock of French Onion soup. There is something so comforting about the hot and salty beef bouillon base, half pound of melted Swiss cheese, and an island of soaking baguette and caramelized onions.
The most famous appetizer that I see come out of their kitchen on a very consistent basis are their loaded Irish Nachos. Another PPM recommendation! They are actually made out of POTATO chips (instead of your traditional corn chip) but you can find most of the other normal goodies on top including black beans, house made salsa, lettuce and lots of melted cheddar cheese. Sour cream is served on the side for dipping and you can also choose from pork, beef or shredded chicken to add to the Pile O’ Goodness. It’s a super tasty snack to have by your side if you plan on guzzling beers and a great size for sharing.
For more information check out www.maloneyspubnj.com Get out there and get your pumpkins awn!
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