I’m still mowing my yard, taking my kids to the pool, spending time at the park, and my air conditioner is going full blast. Natural thinking is: “summer is here”. Well, not so for breweries. It seems that every year pumpkin beers are coming out earlier and earlier. With Southern Tier having some of their Pumpking on the shelves early July, and as far as I know, that’s when they are just planting pumpkins to harvest in the fall. I know pumpkin beers are not everyone’s favorite, but there’s no argument that there is a lot of love from most craft beer and non-craft beer drinkers. IPA’s are no doubt the big seller when comes to craft beer, but if there’s one style that will rival IPA at least for a month or two it will be the spicy flavored seasonal pumpkin brews.
The increasing number of pumpkin beers released every year is astonishing. Some very good, and some…not so much. Those beauties come in a wide range of alcohol content. Terrapin Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter will have a whopping 9.2%. Not for the faint of heart. I said I would not buy pumpkin beers till September that my beer budget was going for my regulars and the seasonals I’m used to buying in July/August. So far so good, but It is painful to realize that I leave the store with a risk of not getting some of the good ones before they are gone. If you are one of those people that don’t care for the style you wouldn’t understand, but if you love pumpkin like me, I’m sure you can see yourself in my shoes. You probably have a few of them sitting in your fridge already.
Is craft beer winning my money using fear? Are they a product of their own fear of not hit the market soon enough and not selling as expected? The fact is that I was surprised with the amount of shelf space it is taking right now, and September still a few weeks away.
In any case, I will list some of 25 pumpkin beers coming out this year (new and regulars), so you can suffer or rejoice when you see them out. Happy Halloween, I mean Happy Thanksgiving, I mean Happy Pumpkin Beer Month… Hey if they can have pumpkins out now why can’t I wish you all a great fall holiday?
Here it goes, Pumpkin or nothing: This is not a complete list of this year Pumpkin Beers since some breweries are still announcing their fall beers.
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter – 7%
Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’ – 6%
Avery Rumpkin – 18.53%
Brewery Vivant Pumpkin Tart – 7%
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale – 5%
Catawba King Don’s Pumpkin Ale – 5%
Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale – 8.5%
Coronado Punk’in Drulic – 8%
Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash – 10.6
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale – 7%
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – 5.9%
Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin – 5%
Heavy Seas The Great Pumpkin – 8%
Hoppin’ Frog Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale – 8.4%
New Belgium Pumpkick – 6%
New Holland Ichabod Ale – 5.5%
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale – 8%
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale – 4.7%
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin – 9% (also a second released of Barrel Aged)
Southern Tier Pumpking – 8.6%
Spring House Braaaiins Pumpkin Ale for Zombies – 7.1%
Terrapin Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter – 9.2%
Terrapin Pumpkinfest – 6.1%
Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin – 4%
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin – 8%
Lets us know what your favorite is.
*Here some other 26 Pumpkin beers that were suggested by our readers that were included into the list.
Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour San Francisco – 7%
Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale – 8.5%
Appalachian Brewing Co Rutty Buck Pumpkin Ale – 6.2%
Aviator Brewing Pumpkin Beast – 6.2%
BJ’s Craft Beer Pumpkin Ale – 4.7%
Blue Mountain Barrel House Spooky – 8.2%
Brewery Vivant Pumpkin Tart – 7%
Bullfrog Chipotle Pumpkin Bliss – 6%
Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin – 5.3%
Great South Bay Smashing Pumpkin Ale
Iron Hill Imperial Pumpkin – 10.5%
Jackie O’s Barking Pumpkin Ale – 7.6%
Lancaster Brewing Baked Pumpkin Ale – 7.3%
Lavery Brewing The Devil’s Pumpkin – 7.5%
Lost Coast Savage Squash Pumpkin Beer
Michigan Brewing Screamin Pumpkin Spiced Ale – 5%
Nebraska Brewing Wick For Brains – 6.1%
NoDa Gordgeous – 6.4%
Round Guys Brewing Dead Souls Pumpkin Porter – 4.5%
Southern Tier Warlock – 8.6%
Stevens Point Brewing Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale – 7.5%
The Bruery Ignis Fatuus Pumpkin Porter – 5.3%
Tree Brewing Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale Kelowna – 6.4%
Three Notch’d Brewing Three Chopt Pumpkin Ale – 4.8%
Three Brothers Brewing Five Pound Fall Ale – 5.3%
Wild Wolf Brewing Howling Pumpkin – 7%