Love them or hate them, pumpkin beers are here to stay – and they signify that change from summer’s sessionable ales to fall’s slightly heavier, more full bodied beers – including pumpkin. Pumpkin beers comes in a wide variety, but most contain the sweet and savory flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon. We’ll explore a few of our favorites going into Fall 2018 along with some great eats to pair with them! Get your Uggs and yoga pants ready – it’s pumpkin season!
Shipyard – Pumpkin Head
With a nose full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and spice, Pumpkin Head is an autumn melody that will have you reaching for your layers. And another brew.
Pairs well with: Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale
A seasoned veteran on the Pumpkin beer scene, this full bodied brown ale features heavy pumpkin flavor along with brown sugar and warm spices. First brewed in 1994, our friends at Dogfish haven’t missed a Punkin season yet! And we’re glad they haven’t, as this brew hitting the shelf is a sure sign that the season and the leaves are ready to turn.
Pairs well with: Roasted duck and your favorite pumpkin carving/decorating activities
Denver Beer Company – Hey Pumpkin
As Denver Beer Company states – “this was brewed for sweater weather”. Their take on a pumpkin ale has a beautiful copper color, which is a direct result of the mass quantities of real pumpkin used. Full of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, this brew screams Autumn.
Pairs well with: Roasted Chicken
New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Spicy Release Atomic Pumpkin
This pumpkin ale is for sure a departure from the norm! Brewed with Habanero peppers and Saigon Cinnamon, this hearty malt brew puts “the fun back in Pumpkin” – as taken directly from our friend, the Voodoo Ranger.
Paris well with: A hearty, spicy chili.
Weyerbacher – Imperial Pumpkin Ale
A bigger bodied pumpkin than it’s predecessors, this big beer has the flavors of cardamom, ginger and nutmeg, with a potent 8.0 ABV.
Pairs well with: A chilly fall night and a slice of pumpkin pie.