Fall is alive; the colors are spectacular; the air is crisp; and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
Whether you’re at home or visiting family and friends, a great way to add something special to Thanksgiving dinner is to bring along some pumpkin ale for the occasion! Although most of these are released in late August and early September, the brewers of some of the best pumpkin ales have seen the demand for these run all the way into the Christmas Holiday season.
I’ve tried a ton of pumpkin ales and have found some that are spectacular and a couple that I will never buy again. But that’s part of the craft beer adventure—explore, experience and decide if you want to visit that beer again. That process will bring you to amazing craft beers and will also help you know which ones you just don’t want to ever have again.
I remember picking up six-pack of a not-to-be-named pumpkin ale a couple of years ago that was so bad that I dumped the rest of the first bottle… and the rest of the six-pack… down the sink. But that was definitely the exception! Great breweries make great beer and there are several knock-it-out-of-the park home runs that will make Thanksgiving dinner extra special.
Here are some to look for this Thanksgiving:
- Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This is rich in pumpkin flavor and is made with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove. Based in Easton, Pennsylvania, Wyerbacher has been producing stellar craft beer for over 20 years and every beer I’ve had from the brewery has been excellent.
- Southern Tier Pumking. This is the one pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin pie. Located in Lakewood, New York, Southern Tier has a stellar line-up of year-round and seasonal beers. I’ve loved every one I’ve had, without exception.
- Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. This St. Louis brewery makes delicious craft beer and their Pumpkin Ale is one of their best. Tons of pumpkins and spices make this pumpkin ale unbelievably good.
So this Thanksgiving, enjoy a little liquid pumpkin with your pumpkin pie!
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy