Although it is still in 80’s in New Jersey, in the beer world it is pumpkin time! We need to talk about these beers now because by October/November they will be gone from stores. Time to choose a few and stockpile for a nice cool evening. The reason they come out now is that October brings Oktoberfest and November the winter brews…etc. Everything is spaced out so they can capitalize on each seasonal style. And as dedicated beer connoisseurs we must adapt to the market and just buy up the pumpkin beers for cold weather! Most of the pumpkin beers are not as heavy as the winter beers that tend to be stouts, so they are perfect for fall. Depending on your preference, there should be a pumpkin beer for you with new combinations this year.
Southern Tier Pumking – the NY brewery’s pumpkin beer has been revered as the top pumpkin beer available. They also have now released Warlock, an Imperial pumpkin stout, the darker brother of Pumking.
Dogfish Head Punkin – brown ale with the obvious pumpkin but also brown sugar and spices to hit the spot.
Traveler Beer Co – Jack-O-Traveler Pumpkin Shandy so it is a pumpkin and lemon combination. Unique mix and will be one I’ll have to at least try out of curiousity.
Avery Rumpkin – rum barrel aged that tops the charts at a whopping 15% ABV.
Cigar City Good Gourd Almighty – Another rum barrel aged pumpkin beer, this one from Florida. Although seems weak at 8.5% compared to Avery’s, it is still equal to a couple of Miller’s finest (Lites), but with tons more flavor.
Harpoon Brewing has a few pumpkin options. They have Pumpkin UFO which is a wheat from their UFO series. Pumpkin Cider needs little explanation. To complete the trifecta, their Imperial Pumpkin is a hearty 10.5% ABV stout.
Sam Adams Fat Jack – when 28 pounds of pumpkin is combined with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon…etc), you are sure to have plenty of flavor in this ale from Boston.
Hoppin’ Frog Double Pumpkin Ale – this ale comes in at 8.4% ABV and kicks up the standard pumpkin ale with more spice and alcohol.
Epic Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Porter – This was a collaboration with DC Brau for their Exponential Series. As a porter this will be heavier than some of the other options.
Get a fire going for s’mores or stay inside with your TV playing the classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and enjoy pumpkin beers before they are all gone! Cheers!