A whole week of 70 degree weather, means that Fall has finally arrived, and with that, basic-women everywhere are crawling out of their hibernation, emerging in leggings, Ugg boots, and with a craving for all things pumpkin.
Well ladies, we support your obsession, and have created your go-to list for where to find all the locally-crafted pumpkin beers this season:
1. Sycamore Brewing: Pumpkin Latte Blonde
Notes: A true mix of a fall-lovers favorite items: latte and pumpkin. Enjoy this light beer while wearing a flannel and chunky scarf, and discussing all of the items on your fall-bucket list.
2. Primal Brewing: Pumpalicious Pumpkin
Notes: A beer that packs a punch of fall to the face with a flavor profile including: pumpkin (duh), and clove and nutmeg, to create a malty masterpiece.
3. NoDa Brewing: Gordgeous
Notes: And in this corner, using over 50 lbs. of pumpkin and 42 lbs. of brown sugar for every batch, is NoDa Brewing's Gordgeous! If you like it pumpkin-y and you like it sweet, you'll like this. We promise.
4. Heist Brewing: Saison de Pon Pon
Notes: Did you know that Pon Pon means pumpkin in the French tonnage? Well, it does, accouding to Heist Brewing's website description of this Belgian Saison. Giving Gordgeous a run for it's pumpkin money, it takes 200 pounds of pumpkin to create the caramel sweetness that is found in this seasonal beer, paired with yeast derived spice as well as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
5. Catawba Brewing: King Don's Pumpkin Ale
Notes: A beer that will bring back vivid memories of your childhood, where you are sitting by the fire, watching "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," and smelling a freshly baked pumpkin pie wafting in from the kitchen. Which I honestly have never experience, but I can conjure fake memories from the taste of this beer. Consisting of "five separate barley varieties, fresh pumpkin, and an assortment of spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, nutmeg) creates the complex flavor profile" of this delicious beer.
ABV: 5.5 %
6. Catawba Brewing: Emperor Don
Notes: The bigger, badder version of King Don's, Emperor Don provides a rich taste with a heavy ABV, that will do everything the beer described above will, but it will also get you drunker, quicker.
7. Southern Tier: Pumking Imperial Ale
Notes: Truly the king of all pumpkin beers, I look forward to the time where purchasing Pumking is finally, seasonally, acceptable, and then I enjoy it all season long, right up until where it's almost unacceptable again. Truthfully though, this beer IS one that you can enjoy all year-long, but I like to show some self-control in my life, wherever possible.
8. Southern Tier: Pumking Nitro
Notes: Pumking, but make it nitro. If you enjoy Pumking, but want it to taste even smoother, get this.
9. Southern Tier: Rum Barrel Aged Pumkin
Notes: Pumking, but make it boozy af. If you enjoy Pumking, but want it to have hints of spiced rum, and the promise that having more than one will have you on your back, get this.
10. Southern Tier: Warlock
Notes: The titled "counterpart to Pumking," this beer provides that spiced pumpkin pie aroma, you crave during the fall, with the maltiness that you also hunger for in a well-brewed Stout.
11. Birdsong Brewing: St. Tuber Abbey Ale
Notes: Okay, so we have to be upfront with you, this beer does NOT contain pumpkin, but it IS brewed with 320 lbs of Sweet Potato and clove. While, we are straying from the theme a bit, hear us out, because we feel that St. Tuber provides a fall-flavor profile with a similar pumpkin beer experience, but less pumpkin flavor, for those who claim they like pumpkin to stay relevant, but truly, could take or leave it. Also, it's delicious.