BROOH! It’s that time of year, and pumpkin beers are back—in many different forms—from treacly brews over-seasoned like a “potpourri” drugstore candle (no thanks!), to drier, more earthy and interesting brews fermented with actual pumpkin flesh and delicately spiced. We’ll take the latter.
Spooked? Don’t be. Pumpkin beers can be excellent, as we’ve said before. Try one out this fall. After all, it’s an early American tradition. While you’re at it, consider making yourself an amazing pumpkin keg, like our friends over at DRAFT magazine. How cool would that look at your grown-up All Hallow’s Eve costume bash? Better yet, decorate that gourd with labels gently removed with warm water, découpage style, from your favorite bottles.
Do you have a favorite pumpkin beer? Tell us below.
And read on for some great pumpkin beer and pumpkin beer cocktail recommendations we’ve come across.
The beauty of pumpkin beers truly lies in their variety. If Troeg’s of Hershey, PA is sold in your area, look for their new Master of Pumpkins, now in corked-and-caged 750ml bottles. Each batch is brewed with 300 lbs of roasted local pumpkins and fermented with saison yeast, lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. In New York’s Upper West Side, for example, craft beer-focused bar and restaurant Jacob’s Pickles features Southern Tier’s Pumking from Seattle’s gourd-friendly Elysian Brewery. Jacob’s Pickles is even doing pumpkin beer cocktails, like the delicious sounding Mystic Pumpkin Harvest: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Michter’s bourbon, maple syrup, hand-pressed apple cider, and nutmeg.