Chowder Loves: Pumpkin Beer

1224533167Unlike many summer-weary Bostonians, I hate fall. Not because I dislike crisp days or the crunch of leaves underfoot, but I hate what fall signifies. Before we know it, we’ll be sliding across icy sidewalks and shut in our apartments and offices until May.

But fall does have one saving grace that keeps me from completely losing my gourd—pumpkin beer. Now that the days have grown cold and we’re talking turkey, I’m fully embracing the gourd-laced offerings while I can.

Almost all of my ALCS viewing took place in the company of friends and Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. I like that the beer tastes a lot like pumpkin pie, but clearly I am one of the very few fans of this Portland brewery’s take.

Over dinner at the Roadhouse a couple of weeks ago, I sampled a Dogfish Punkin Ale. While it had less of the pumpkin pie spice to it, it still had the sweet flavor I like. If it hadn’t been for the huge pile of pulled pork before me, I could have had a couple of pints and called it dinner.

As the season winds down, I’m still looking for more pumpkin beers to try. The Brooklyn Brewery, one of my favorites, offers a pumpkin ale I’m eager to sample. And I’d love to hear your suggestions. Let me know soon—before long, it’ll be time for the winter brews.

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  • Sarah

    Boston Beer Works has the best pumpkin beer, hands down!

  • Kate

    Smuttynose! Best pumpkin ale ever.

  • Jackie

    Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale is the absolute best! You just need to find out who has it on draft or go there to buy a growler.

  • Roger

    2 finalist:

    – Shipyard – very pumpkiny – my new favorite

    – Lakefront Brewery – very pumpkiny (tough to find)

    4 contenders:

    – Blue Moon (rebranded as Harvest Moon as part of their seasonal series)
    just doesn’t have the same flavor as years gone by

    – Post Road- it’s got a pumpkin on the label, right? Not so good. By the way, Brooklyn owns Post Road!
    http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/

    – Smuttynose Brewery- oh, so there is pumpkin mash somewhere near the brewery? Not so good.

    – Dog Fish – the reigning champion, seems through the years, it’s evolved into less pumpkin and more beer flavor, more bitter than the most

  • David

    Post Road Pumpkin Ale is outstanding. And all pumpkin beers are even better with a float of about 1/2 glass of guinness on top. Truly tastes like pumpkin pie. Adjust to taste.

  • George

    Pumpkinhead is by far the best pumpkin beer out there. Many more people need to try it out. Many of my friends are converts. Has anyone tried the Saranac Pumpkin? I have heard good things. As for Smuttynose, BlueMoon and Post Road, you can have them. They are not worth it.