One of my favorite parts of Fall is the variety of delicious seasonal beers. Pumpkin beers are probably the most popular fall brewskis, but who doesn’t love a rich, malty Oktoberfest beer too? However, for the sake of this piece, we will focus on pumpkin beers. Here are a few good ones.
Disclaimer-your selection will vary by location. I’m in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale
A popular fall classic here in NEPA and relatively speaking, pretty economical. Brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, this beer is a bit lighter on the spice and heavier on the pumpkin. If you don’t want to be overpowered with cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, this is a great choice. It is an easy beer to drink without feeling like you have an entire pumpkin in your stomach.
Block House Brewing Pumpkin Ale
From the other side of the Keystone State (Latrobe, PA) comes this gem. Block House’s pumpkin is pretty much the opposite of the Stegmaier. It is very heavy on the spices, primarily the cinnamon. Full flavored, but not too heavy like some pumpkin beers can be.
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
This beer comes to us from St. Louis. Much like the Block House, it is heavy on the spice. It contains cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, and all 3 of those spices come through. This beer is a tiny bit heavier than the first two, but still quite drinkable. The alcohol content is a bit on the high side at 8%.
Nimble Hill Jack-Be-Nimble
This one probably isn’t too well known outside of northeast PA, but it’s a good one and also not a huge strain on the wallet. Once again, this beer is heavier on the spices, specifically the nutmeg and clove. It can be overpowering, but is delicious in moderation.
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
This one is quite unique. The name “Atomic Pumpkin” is very fitting, as it is brewed with habanero peppers. If you like the heat, you’ll love this one. It is nothing like any pumpkin beer I have tried.
Southern Tier Pumking
This is one of the first pumpkin beers I’ve ever tried. As is common with pumpkin beers, I had it served to me in a cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass. It is an imperial ale, so it is rich and heavy. It is not the type of beer I would recommend drinking a lot of in a short amount of time.
Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin
In a collaboration with Dunkin’, Harpoon has managed to give people their fix for pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beer all in one. This unique pumpkin beer is smooth and easy to drink. The pumpkin and coffee flavors come through clearly, with a subtle spice flavor which is not overpowering. If you’re a fan of the PSL, you’ll like this beer.
There are tons more pumpkin brews out there. I chose these because these are the ones I’ve had this year. Feel free to comment or tweet us with your favorite pumpkin beers.
And as always, enjoy responsibly. Happy Halloween!