5 Weird Pumpkin Beers. When we think about fall, usually certain things come to mind; back-to-school for the kiddos, Halloween events around town and Thanksgiving traditions in some homes. We also tend to adapt our meal planning recipes to fit the cooler temperatures and this also includes what we choose to accompany our meals. Our favorite pumpkin beers — classics like Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale, Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale, New Holland’s Ichabod, and Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale are always good choices for backyard get togethers and neighborhood Halloween gatherings. In keeping in theme with the strangeness of events in 2020, this season, how about trying a pumpkin beer that’s not afraid to get a little weird? Whether they’re utilizing chili peppers or marshmallow or an absolutely spooky amount of booze you might find something you actually like. If you’re not ready to write off pumpkin beers entirely, but you’re looking for something new, here are 5 weird pumpkin beers you should try this fall:
Allagash’s Ghoulschip is brewed with fresh, locally sourced pumpkins as well as raw pumpkin seeds. After the fermentation process, it’s aged in oak barrels for up to three years; the result is a crisp pumpkin sour that is balanced nicely by hints of caramel, vanilla and molasses.
At a startling 16.3% ABV, Rumpkin is strong and bold. Its rich, boozy flavor makes it the perfect treat after a night of schlepping the kids around collecting candy. It’s aged in rum barrels with a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, candied molasses and ginger.
Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte
Given the popularity of the pumpkin spice latte, it was inevitable that brewers would begin experimenting with their own coffee-forward pumpkin blends. Breckenridge’s Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte is a pumpkin stout brewed with dark roasted malts and cold pressed coffee beans for an odd coffee-tasting beer that offers hints of vanilla, nutmeg and clove.
Elysian Dark Knife
Elysian’s Punkuccino is definitely its better-known pumpkin beer that has toasted grain flavors and pumpkin pie spices.
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, Atomic Pumpkin offers a unique twist on your typical pumpkin brew, combining pumpkin juice with Saigon cinnamon and habanero, aji and del arbol peppers in addition to hints of cinnamon and cloves.