By Gina Yu
October 06, 2014

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.