A pioneer in the Broken Compass seasonal line, Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Stout will be remembered for its deliciousness and longevity.
Pumpkin Pie Stout, three months and five days old, passed away Feb. 4, at home in the Broken taproom with its family. Pumpkin Pie Stout is survived by its father, Jason Ford; its older brother and sister Chocolate Coffee Stout and Coconut Porter, respectively; and its many extended cousins and family members, including Chili Pepper Pale Ale, IPA and FDFH Brown.
Pumpkin Pie Stout brought autumn joy to the beer lovers of Breckenridge, CO for the duration of its rich life, its subtle pumpkin smoothness summoning fond memories of jumping in leaf piles, trick-or-treating and giving thanks with friends and family over Thanksgiving dinner tables groaning with far too much food for any number of humans to healthily consume without immediately being relegated to the couch for an extended nap. It was also a fan of run-on sentences.
Born on Halloween, Pumpkin Pie Stout was immediately loved by both the Broken Compass staff and patrons, a friend to many in need of a delicious, fulfilling, pumpkin-flavored beer. A lesson in perseverance and longevity, Pumpkin Pie Stout continued to please drinkers long after Halloween and Thanksgiving had passed, living to a ripe old age and aging with grace long past Christmas and into the New Year.
Pumpkin Pie Stout was a true visionary, melding flavors previously only seen in food. Never one to shy from adventure, Pumpkin Pie Stout even mingled deliciously with a splash of Breckenridge Bourbon, a favorite practice of beertender and dear friend Molly Kelly.
"Pumpkin Pie Stout just loved to hang out with Breck Bourbon," Kelly said. "They were soul mates."
Ford expressed sadness to see Pumpkin Pie Stout kick, but happiness that it was able to bring quality pumpkin beer into the lives of so many.
"I'd shave my beard to have one more glass of Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Stout," Ford said. "Well, not my whole beard, but maybe a little chunk off the left side."
Memorial services were held over the weekend at Broken Compass, as Pumpkin Pie Stout was remembered fondly by friends and family.