Pumpking beer online?
I'm looking for a gift for a dear friend for her upcoming birthday, and she has an interest in this particular beer. Does anyone have a recommendation on where I could purchase it online, or for another pumpkin beer available that she might enjoy?
Are you looking for "Pumpking" from the Wychwood brewery in the UK or "Pumking" (note no second "p") from Southern Tier in western NY?
Doesn't appear that Wychwood exports that particular beer to the US - (it's not listed on their US importers site http://www.eurobrews.com/ ) and ordering beer from overseas is costly. (Of course, you didn't mention where you or your friend are locating and that often makes a big difference with shipping beer, since state laws differ and each retailer has a different list of states they'll deal with).
Southern Tier beers are available in many states http://www.southerntierbrewing.com/distributors.html so it shouldn't be too hard to find on the shelves or find a retailer, but, again, to which state you are shipping the beer is important. A list of well-known "shipping beer retailers" along with some of their restrictions can be found at http://onlinebeerstores.homestead.com...
Since your friend's in IL and Southern Tier distributes there, you're probably going to be better off finding a local in-state retailer who'll ship/deliver - less "state law" hassle and hopefully a smaller "shipping and handling" charge.
ST's "Pumking" is a seasonal release (their calendar lists it as an "August") and it has a rabid following among certain segments of the beer geekery, so you should probably order ASAP.