We all went a little pumpkin crazy, it’s okay to admit it. But you don’t have to hide in a closet to drink a great pumpkin beer.
On Wall Street, they call it a market correction and that’s what happened with not-so-fantastic pumpkin beers. They went bye-bye like the value of Facebook’s stock. But proven winners, like these epic examples of this tasty style, have survived and continue to pay dividends for your taste buds.
The OG pumpkin beer, Dogfish has been brewing Punkin Ale since before they even officially opened, way back in 1994 when it debuted at Delaware’s famed Punkin Chunkin event. Perfectly balanced with a bright, fresh flavor and just enough spice, you can enjoy several in one sitting without any palate fatigue.
Fishtown’s own pumpkin beer, Trick or Treat is a chocolate pumpkin porter that provides “all the comfort and warmth needed to survive the chilly and ever-lengthening autumn nights.”
Another classic pumpkin offering, first brewed in 1995, Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead wheat ale celebrates each fall season with their proprietary blend of spices.
Another heavy hitter (at 8% ABV), Weyerbacher set out to make “a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!” Boy, did they ever! This pumpkin beer packs spices & caramelly notes and even boasts a GABF medal.
For a pumpkin beer with a more, um, unique name, Spring House brews their seasonal ale (officially dubbed “suitable for zombies”) with generous amounts of real pumpkin blended straight into the mash.
Heavy Seas’ pumpkin brew is not for the faint of heart. This beer clocks in at 10% ABV and is aged in bourbon barrels. The brewers claim it pairs well with “the knowledge that the kids will be asleep soon, so you can raid their Halloween candy.”