Compared to prior years, I didn’t see as much pumpkin beer variety this autumn. Perhaps we’re all burnt out on pumpkin spice beers and lattes and pumpkin-spice flavors are going the way of mom memes via introduction into our breakfast cereals and snacks.
This year’s list might be small, but it’s got some good ones, most of which I found at local craft beer bars rather than in the supermarket. I am loving the sour farmhouse styles that are becoming more popular in the Pacific Northwest, some of which are on this list.
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Pumpkin Pie De Brettaville | Almanac Beer Company
This farmhouse pumpkin ale has a big pumpkin flavor that complements the sour farmhouse style.
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Jacked Be Nimble | Uinta Brewing
An imperial black pumpkin ale. Rich, deep flavor with pumpkin, warm spices, and bourbon.
Imperial Pumpkin Porter | Epic Brewing Co.
Rich, smooth pumpkin porter with cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.
Remember the Maine | Cloudburst Brewing
Cinnamon pumpkin porter. Very warm.
Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout | Belching Beaver Brewery
Creamy cinnamon stout; smooth and full-bodied.
Emma’s Pumpkin Saison | Trinity Brewing Co.
Competing saison and pumpkin flavors. Dark.
Hollow Jack | 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Sweet; notes of honey and tartness from the apples. Not getting a lot of pumpkin, but it tastes like mulled apple cider.
Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Brown ale with brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Pumpking | Southern Tier Brewing
On the sweeter side.