The growing field of Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin beer season is upon us, and we’ve already got a dozen different varieties to choose from. Some exciting new brews, and some returning favorites.

SpookyBlue Mountain Brewery – 8.2% ABV
An Imperial pumpkin ale with chocolate flavor from cocoa nibs, and aged a few months in bourbon barrels.

Smashed PumpkinShipyard Brewing Co. – 9.0% ABV
Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munch malts combined with pumpkin, hops and nutmeg to create a “big-bodied beer”.

Blue PointPumpkin AleBlue Point Brewing Company – 6.0% ABV
Brewed with pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Post Road Pumpkin AleBrooklyn Brewery – 5.0% ABV
In the tradition of early American colonialists, barley malt and hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are go into each bach of this pumpkin ale.

PumpkinheadShipyard Brewing Co. – 4.5% ABV
A spiced pumpkin wheat ale the brewery recommends trying ” with a shot of spiced rum or in a pint glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.”

Monster Mash Pumpkin AlePub Dog Brewing – 6.7% ABV
A pumpkin ale micro-brewed right here in Maryland.

Sarnac Pumpkin AleSarnac – 5.1% ABV
A pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

Punkin AleDogfish Head Brewery – 7.0% ABV
A brown ale with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices.

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Beer – 8.0% ABV
A Pumpkin Ale blending fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, with a sweetness that makes it all “taste like pumpkin pie.”

Punk’nUinta Brewing – 5% ABV
This “sessionable” pumpkin ale is brewed with roasted pumpkin and seasonal spices, offers up “a subtle hint of vanilla and honey. ”

Fat Jack -Samuel Adams – 8.5% ABV
Brewed with “over 28 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel”, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and roasty smoked malts for a beer “full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice”.

PumkingSouther Tier Brewing Company – 8.6% ABV
The brewers tasting notes for Pumking include “malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and pie crust.”

So which pumpkin beer is the best of 2014? So far Schlafly Pumpkin Ale seems to be most popular with our customers, but its still far too early to call a winner. Especially with the field of pumpkin beers constantly growing.

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