The 3rd Annual Great Punk’n Party


This past Tuesday was Fountainhead’s 3rd Annual Great Punk’n Party, the Fountainhead’s tribute to the pumpkin.  I had a great time at last year’s event so I made sure to hit this one up again.This year they had plenty of pumpkin beer, pumpkin cocktails, and even a pumpkin carving contest.


I started the night off with a glass of Greenbush Unicorn Killer. This pumpkin beer was very different from pumpkin beers I had this year. A lot of pumpkin beers tend to go for the pumpkin pie in a bottle taste but this one was very subtle with the pumpkin flavor. It also surprisingly bitter rather than sweet. I enjoyed it but I could see it surprising some fans of pumpkin beers.

Greenbush Unicorn Killer

Greenbush Unicorn Killer

After a drink at the beer, we grabbed a table for dinner. While browsing the menu, we snacked on roasted pumpkin seeds seasoned with Old Bay. It had been a while since I’d been here and noticed quite a few changes since Cleetus Friedman took over as executive chef. There were a few tough choices on the menu but the chef came over and helped us make our decisions.


We ordered one of the True Maryland Crab Cakes. Cleetus, a Baltimore native, explained that a true Maryland crab cake is hard to find in Chicago but that he takes pride in the ones served at Fountainhead. The crab cake did not disappoint, I only wish we had ordered another.

The True Maryland Crab Cake

The True Maryland Crab Cake

For the main dish, I ordered the Fountainhead Burger while my wife (woo!!!) opted for the Cleetus Burger (a half pound lamb burger topped with tzatziki and a fried pickle). For drinks, I had a glass of Southern Tier Pumking gravity poured from a pumpkin. They also had Uinta Punk’n on gravity pour from a pumpkin. It’s always cool and novel to get your pumpkin beer tapped directly from the “source”, out of a pumpkin.

Cleetus Burger and B. Nektar Black Fang

Cleetus Burger and B. Nektar Black Fang

After we finished the burgers, we tried the pumpkin creme brulee. The dessert was excellent and we washed it down with some B. Nektar Black Fang, a refreshing spiced blackberry mead. Overall, another good night out at the Fountainhead. Cheers and Happy Halloween!

Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee


MST3K and T-Rex Pumpkins


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