Master of Pumpkins, Cupcakes, Cookies, and Bacon Cheeseburgers

Master of Pumpkins, Cupcakes, Cookies, and Bacon Cheeseburgers

Pumpkin Season

I don’t consider myself a basic “girl” but let me tell you I do look forward to a pumpkin beer when fall is here! 

We are starting this night off with Master of Pumpkins by Troegs and a bacon cheeseburger.  I had to make sure it was clear I wasn’t eating anything for my main meal that had pumpkin in it.  You see I have loved the pumpkin and fall flavors for many, many years. 

Even this beer has been around for 20 years. (According to the Troegs Blog – Master of Pumpkins – brewed with real PA longnecks – October 2nd, 2022). (Master of Pumpkins.) But is it really a surprise that the following year is when Starbucks debuted the Pumpkin Spice latter in a select number of locations? (On their 20 Years Of Starbucks PSL: How The Humble Drink Became An Autumnal Icon) (Editor Note: Fun Ben note here, we discussed this just the other day, trying to figure out how old Master of Pumpkins was, and couldn’t find it in the “big book of beers” at work, we were guessing roughly 10 years, good to see we have a definitive answer here now.)

Troegs Independent Brewing – Master of Pumpkins

Troegs Master of Pumpkins (MoP or Mopkins) comes in at a 7.% ABV.  It has an overall Untapped rating of 3.74 and is described as “Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery.  Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining traditional pie spices with French saison yeast to elicit notes of vanilla, clove, nutmeg and honey.”  And let me tell you this combination was just as delicious 20 years ago

MoP takes you on a subtle but telling journey through the freshness of the long neck pumpkins grown locally, the softness of the vanilla but the pie spices come through and remind you fall is here.  One Untapped rating described this as “Still a damn good beer every year.” Yes indeed it is!

Cookies from Troegs Brewing as part of the Oktoberfest event. (Oktoberfest Gingerbread Cookie Hearts). The cupcakes come from Darby and are Pumpkin cupcakes with Nutella frosting.

My delight of the evening, lovingly provided by my boyfriend, was my delicious gingerbread cookie and my pumpkin spice Nutella icing cupcakes.  The Gingerbread cookies, decorated especially for a brewery, are soft and pair nicely with the MOP.  I thought it might be too many spice combinations but they each complimented one another.  Then my spoiled butt got to finish off the evening with a pumpkin spice cupcake with Nutella icing.  That homemade Nutella icing is whipped and fluffy.  It perfectly compliments the dense but moist pumpkin spice cupcake.  Taking that last swig of MoP was the perfect finisher to it all.  Maybe that 4 pack won’t last long.

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Editor Post-Script

Darby’s Cupcakes

Quick jump on here, editor Ben adding a post-script while Amy goes to sleep and I finish up her article. It has been a very busy weekend for us (despite the horrible weather). Amy had her first walk of the year – “Walk to End ALZ” in Lancaster yesterday, and was up at 5 AM to go and get everything ready for it. She absolutely nailed another great walk, and helped the cause, helping to try and find a cure to end Alzheimer’s. She is a tremendously hard worker, a hard trooper, and works her butt off for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I didn’t sleep well Friday into Saturday. I fell asleep sometime around 3 AM and woke up with Scarlet at 4:45 AM. Amy then left for her walk, and I watched Scarlet until my parents had her for the day so I could go to work. Work was super busy, crazy hectic, but a fun quick day despite the horrible weather. Got to meet Mark of Beards, Brews, and BBQs. Pretty cool dude and got to talk with him a bit and hang with him before his turn at the stein holding competition.

They announced the GABF winners yesterday. You can find some of the winner posts here (Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C.). I got those completed before I started falling asleep at the computer.

Note on the cupcakes – so Darby makes these wonderful cupcakes, cookies, etc and brings them in for all of us at work to enjoy. I have jokingly started telling co-workers that I made them and they could help themselves to them. So thus, she has now started putting her name on them and spreading her “lies” that she makes them and not me.

Today – Sunday – was certainly no less busy than yesterday was. We woke up early with Scarlet, went out to eat at our favorite local breakfast spot – Bill’s Restaurant – and then we went to the Hershey Blue Barn and donated blood. (See our Instagram for pictures.)

After this, we went to Amy’s work, and in the rain unloaded the U-Haul full of stuff from yesterday’s walk event. And then before I knew it, it was time for work. At the end of work I scooped up another one of Darby’s cupcakes, grabbed another gingerbread cookie for Amy, and grabbed her a 4 pack of the Master of Pumpkins for tonight. Amy made excellent bacon cheeseburgers for us for dinner, wrote this great article, and then promptly passed out. So she’ll get to see this article in the morning.

(And speaking of our Instagram, we have hit over 700 followers on it. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and see what Amy, Ben, and Josh are up to.)

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More Troegs Independent Craft Brewing Related Articles

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For More Information on Troegs Independent Craft Brewing

According to Untappd, Troegs Independent Craft Brewing is a regional brewery with 148 unique beers listed (despite them nearing scratch 500). They have nearly 2.3 Million ratings and as of 9.24.23 have a global average rating of 3.79. Their Untappd bio reads:

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1997 by brothers John and Chris Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing is driven by a sense of adventure and curiosity. Our brewery has been built by family, friends and kindred spirits who share a love of great beer. Together, we all make Tröegs. You might know our Perpetual IPA, the best-selling IPA in Pennsylvania. Or the dark, malty and crisp Troegenator. You may have come across such iconic beers as Nugget Nectar or Mad Elf in your beer travels. Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to try one or two of the hundreds of experimental Scratch Series beers we’ve brewed over the years. Whether you’re already a member of our extended family or you’re just getting to know our brewery, there’s always something new to discover with Tröegs.

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