There was a time when pumpkin beers were greeted with the same kind of anticipation that some Hazy IPAs are now experiencing…But you’d lose your beer cred card for pulling one out today.
Still adventurous breweries continue to rethink them. And here are four pumpkin beers that might interest even the most jaded of us…
Allagash Brewing’s tart seasonal offering is about as artisan as pumpkin beers get. But this year, thanks to COVID-19, it’s only available at their Portland, Maine brewery.
Brewed with fresh, local pumpkins, molasses, and raw pumpkin seeds and soured with wild microflora from the chill Maine air, the beer then ferments in a stainless tank on Allagash house yeast before heading into oak barrels, where it sits in waiting for up to three years.
The finished product is a blend of one-, two-, and three-year-old beer. At first sip, the caramelized malt and a mild acidity balance out this light golden 8.2% ABV beer’s dry and tart finish.
And unlike so many pumpkin beers Allagash Ghoulship won’t get you thrown out of your next bottle-share.
Tree House Arcadia Nights
Tree House Brewing began in a small red barn in Brimfield, Massachusetts. But with success can come expansion and the company now owns and operates three facilities, its primary production brewery in Charlton, a smaller brewery in Monson, Massachusetts, and a Farm Fermentory in Woodstock Connecticut.
And they are currently offering one of the more interesting pumpkin beer’s out there.
Tree House Acadia Nights is a 9.6% ABV Imperial Milk Stout brewed with coffee, chocolate, pumpkin, and a custom blend of autumn-centric spice.
Brecken ridge Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte
Like Left-Hand Brewing, Littleton, Colorado-headquartered Breckenridge Brewery understands Nitro Beers. And its fall seasonal, which combines fresh pumpkin with cold-pressed coffee and jacks things with nitrogen, reimagines the pumpkin beer entirely.
Complimented with subtle vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices, Breckenridge Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout’s velvety mouthfeel and approachable 5.5% ABV character ultimately won us over…And it might sneak up on you as well.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
When you take a gold medal at the GABF beer competition, you’ve got something going on, and Houston, Texas-based Saint Arnold Brewing most certainly does…
The most expensive beer that Saint Arnold brews, Pumpkinator is a 10.5% ABV Pumpkin Stout, abundantly spiced with molasses, brown sugar, pumpkin spices, and according to the brewery, enough pumpkins to bake 437 pumpkin pies,.