Updated for 2020
Some say that there are two types of people in this world—those that like pumpkin beer and those that don’t. We say that if you think you’re in the second group, you just haven’t met the right pumpkin beer yet. Popular since colonial times, pumpkin beer came into existence when desperate times called for desperate measures, i.e. malt supply was low and pumpkin was a readily available substitute for making beer. We’re of the opinion that necessity was the mother of delicious, delicious invention. Every year when fall comes around, we can’t wait to stock up on our favorite pumpkin beers again and try out the newest additions to the patch. So without further delay, happy fall, y’all!
It should come as no surprise that this colonial era-inspired ale made with blended pumpkins and caramel malt is like drinking delicious bottled fall. But hey, don’t take our word for it. Try it yourself alongside any of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes or your mom’s freshly baked mac and cheese recipe.
With warming hints of pumpkin, brown sugar, and spice you’ll love this golden ale for its cinnamon tingle and all the fall feels it imparts. Pair it with cheddar cheese, stuffing, your favorite chunky sweater, and the firepit/ fireplace of your choice.
Made with pumpkin puree and both roasted and raw pumpkin seeds, Elysian’s OG pumpkin ale is flawlessly spiced and exceptionally drinkable. This beautiful brew tastes like a pumpkin pie and pairs perfectly with your favorite fall savory treats, Halloween parties, and crisp, cool evenings.
Elysian took to carving up pumpkins like a villain from a classic slasher flick for this edgy brew of roasted barley, dark malts and Saaz hops. After eviscerating enough of them, they committed a full 90 lbs of innards to each batch, along with some cinnamon and ginger for spice. Maybe keep the lights on when you are sipping this one, or better yet, light a few jack-o-lanterns.
If you start your fall mornings with a pumpkin spice latte, then this is what you’re unwinding with. Just a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg complement the pumpkin and Stumptown coffee toddy that’s added to the mash. Biscuit, chocolate and of course, coffee malts are bittered with German Northern Brewer hops for a brew with attitude.
Looking for a wickedly good pumpkin ale with the added kick of being barrel-aged? Avery’s Rumpkin is just that. Aged in rum barrels, this tasty ale is not messing around when it comes to pumpkin, molasses and fine oak flavors. Sip on this bountiful brew while munching on Thanksgiving classics—just watch out for its hefty ABV if grandma’s around!
Rogue Brewery isn’t messing around when it comes to pumpkins. They harvest the pumpkins for this scrumptious ale from their own dedicated pumpkin patch before roasting and adding them to the brewing kettle. The resulting beer is a delicately spiced and tastes of cardamom, orange peel, and vanilla. Enjoy it alongside hearty fall dinners and your favorite people.
It was only a matter of time until coffee stout met pumpkin spice, and man are we happy it happened. Flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and delicately roasted coffee beans will charm your senses as this stout’s velvety smooth, nitrogen powered texture may make you start dreaming of all the fall brunch foods you should pair it with.
Bonus Round—Pumpkin Cider
No, we aren’t out of our gourds. We fully acknowledge that this last one isn’t a pumpkin beer. That being said, when it comes to fall beverages, apples plus pumpkins fill our hearts and pint glasses with pure autumn joy and we’d hate to deprive you of anything so seasonal and delightfully refreshing. So keep reading.
The gorgeous color of Ace’s Pumpkin Cider is your first clue to its rich pumpkin pie flavor. Sip after sip, you’ll keep coming back for its clean, crisp flavors. Perfectly spiced, this cider is a great companion for Halloween and Thanksgiving and pairs well with beef dishes.