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The Booze Blog is back. And we are polishing off our glassware and scouring the caverns of our kitchen drawers for our best bottle openers, all to embark on a quest to find unique and delicious beers for every occasion.

It’s hard to see the bright gourds on porch steps without remembering the utter joy you felt as a kid, witnessing what seemed like a pandemic of pumpkins and autumn leaves wrap classrooms and homes. Growing up, we carved into the produce, making them into art — an act that seemed like a rite of passage. The gourds are invited to the table in the form of soups and long-anticipated pies, crowned with freshly whipped cream and dusted with cinnamon. The humble pumpkin is an object of tradition, a celebration of the warm-hued season.

Today, we tackle pumpkin beers.

For those who want to eat their pumpkin pie and drink it too: Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing.Sweet and malty in aroma and flavor, this ale is actually brewed with pumpkins and tastes as indulgent as a slice of glazed pumpkin bread feels. At 8.6% ABV, it’s a high gravity that delivers full pumpkin spice flavor, perfect for smaller doses. Highly recommended as a complement to Thanksgiving dessert, Pumking is an intensely unique beer that is a perfect end to the meal.

 

For warmth and drinkability: Shipyard Pumpkinhead.The winner amongst pumpkin fanatics and even those who roll their eyes at the mention of another pumpkin-spice-something, this wheat ale is pumpkin-flavored with a nice spice that isn’t too overwhelming. At 4.5% ABV, it’s easy to drink and leans closer to pumpkin spice rather than pumpkin itself. Pumpkinhead is great on its own or on the side of a chicken sandwich topped with a cranberry chutney.