Whether it's enjoyed with turkey, a warm slice of pie, or over a bag Halloween candy, there’s no denying pumpkin beer is a fall favorite.
Pumpkin-infused beers are the best way to celebrate the season, filled with notes of invigorating fall spices and warm hues reminiscent of the season. There’s no surprise that the South makes some of the best pumpkin beer around. Here are a few local favorites.
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, GAThis German-style brew is made with real pumpkin and spices, including cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Enjoy this one from Halloween through the Thanksgiving seasons.
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., Lexington, KYThis brew is aged in bourbon barrels in the heart of bourbon country and was first introduced in Fall 2013 as the company’s first barrel-aged seasonal program ale. The company attributes the warm, seasonal flavors in the beer to the sweet flavors of caramel and vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Also included in the brew are spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager & 62 Imperial Ale
DuClaw Brewing Co., Baltimore, MDThe Charm City does a pumpkin fall beer right with its 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager, a German-style lager with intense flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. This smooth, dark amber ale will soon be one of your favorites for the season.
Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville, SCSkip the pumpkin carving and serve this at your next adult Halloween party. Said to be reminiscent of a brick-oven pumpkin pie, this seasonal ale is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VAAvailable in late fall, this aromatic ale includes Virginia-fresh sugar pumpkins, pumpkin pie spice, and a hint of fresh ginger. The company suggests pairing the ale with a fried game bird or a butternut squash soup.
Jacques Au Lantern
Evolution Craft Brewing Co., Sailsbury, MDCrafted to taste delicious with just about any fall dish, this amber ale is made with roasted pumpkin to satisfy your fall flavor pleasures.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston, TXTexas’ oldest craft brewery makes this pumpkin beer as their answer to “how a pumpkin beer ought to taste.”