It’s All Hallows’ Eve, and that means the ghosts and goblins will be out in force tomorrow. So whether you are enjoying a fall evening handing out candy to trick or treaters on your front porch or dressing up for a costume party, you will want to celebrate with a pumpkin beer. Here are seven pumpkin beers to try this Halloween.
1) Pumking by Southern Tier is one of the most hallowed (sorry, I couldn’t resist) pumpkin beers available. It is the essence of what a pumpkin beer should be. It pours a hazy orange-copper, and is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Lots of pumpkin and spice to this one, and weighing in at 8.6%, it’s a sipper. If you only try one pumpkin beer this fall, this is it.
2) Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head is another autumn favorite by craft beer lovers. This one is a full bodied brown ale with hints of pumpkin, spices and brown sugar. Another one that’s a must-try.
3) Fat Jack by Sam Adams is a dark amber ale brewed with 28 pounds of pumpkin per barrel. It’s got a hint of smokiness to it and is chock full of classic pumpkin pie spices. This one was a pleasant surprise for me, and I can gladly recommend it.
4) Terrapin Pumpkinfest is actually a lager, not an ale, which is different from most pumpkin beers. It pours a dark orange and has lots of pumpkin spice with a medium body and creamy finish. It’s as if Terrapin married an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale, and it actually works.
5) Smashed Pumpkin by Shipyard is not to be confused with Pumpkinhead by the same brewery. These two beers are very different, with Smashed Pumpkin being a real winner. It pours a light orange and has lots of pumpkin flavor with little of the traditional spice. This one is a big beer, weighing in at 9.0%, and is for the beer drinker who doesn’t want his or her beer overpowered by cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and the like. This one took me by surprise, especially since I didn’t care for their Pumpkinhead brew.
6) La Parcela by Jolly Pumpkin is not your typical pumpkin beer. It has pumpkin in it, but this is a sour beer aged in oak barrels. This is not liquid pumpkin pie by any stretch. If you’re a fan of sours, give this one a try this fall.
7) Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is my personal favorite pumpkin beer. Rather than an amber or a brown ale, Pumpkinator is a big imperial stout with lots of pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. This one is tough to come by, so if you see it, make sure you get some. It’s also a great beer to age.
I’ve listed seven pumpkin beers for you to try. What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comment section.