Who Needs Pumpkin Pie—Pumpkin Beers are Here!

Written by Meghan Storey for craftbeer.com

Even thinking about baking a pie from scratch is making me tired! First it’s the fancy French baking terms—personally, I think à la mode is the only important one! Then it’s the obscure ingredients that you know you don’t just have lying around the kitchen—can we say finely chopped crystallized ginger?

For those of us who aren’t best friends with our convection ovens (or even acquaintances), fall brings a beer with flavors so much resembling a favorite autumn dessert it’s often referred to as “a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.”

Pumpkin beers, which surprisingly can be made with or without actual pumpkin as an ingredient, are often added to a brewery’s menu during the fall months. This style relies heavily on the seasonal flavors and aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice.

To find the latest and greatest of the pumpkin beers available this fall, we asked Brewers Association member breweries to share their pumpkin lineups. Here’s what they shared with us.


Avery Rumpkin PumpkinRumpkin Pumpkin Ale | Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, Colorado

Rumpkin is brewed with pumpkin and spices and aged in Gosling’s Old Rum barrels. We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump and full of spicy gourdiness, was aged in fine, fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses—Rumpkin is what happens!
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