Brewing Outside the Cauldron: The Very Best Pumpkin Beers of 2017

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Love it or hate it, the time for pumpkin-flavored everything is here. From Starbuck’s signature Pumpkin Spice Latte to the Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookie, the seasonal gourd can be found on store shelves and restaurant menus from coast to coast. Never an industry to be left out of a trend, America’s craft brewers have embraced pumpkin in a big way over the last few years. Here are the best pumpkin beers we’re looking forward to drinking this fall.

Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing Co.

As soon as there’s the faintest whiff of fall in the air, it’s time to grab a Pumking imperial ale. Simply put, this beer is pumpkin pie in a glass. You get the fleshy fruit, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and even whipped cream and graham cracker flavors, all melded into one excellent drinking experience. For amateur beer cocktail artists, mix this one fifty-fifty with Southern Tier’s other pumpkin seasonal, Warlock imperial stout.

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin by New Belgium Brewing Company

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

A fantastic new entry for 2017, Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin stands out from the pack thanks to its use of habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon. It’s just the right amount of heat to stand up to the epic malt bill, but not so much to be overpowering.

Fall Hornin’ by Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Fall Hornin

Far less sweet than the other pie-modeled ales out there, Fall Hornin’ still includes autumn inspired spices like cinnamon and nutmeg but lets the pumpkin shine through.

Ghoulschip by Allagash Brewing Company

This American Wild Ale by Maine’s masters of sour farmhouse beers is hard to come by, but oh, so worth the effort. It’s brewed with pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, and molasses, and then aged in oak barrels. It’s sour and funky, yes, but it also has sweeter flavors inspired by the pumpkin and molasses with a nice hit of vanilla from the barrel.

Die Kreuzen Imperial Pumpkin Porter by Burnt Hickory Brewery

Die Kreuzen Imperial Pumpkin Porter

This Georgia brewery created a robust American porter with pumpkins and named it after the influential punk band from Wisconsin. The unexpected synergy has forged one of the best dark pumpkin ales on the market. A chocolate cake-like base backs up the more expected notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and (of course) pumpkin.

Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

A delicious pumpkin ale from craft veterans Dogfish Head, Punkin is smooth and creamy with a dollop of sweetness from a brown sugar addition. The spicing and sugars do allow some hops to come through, as well as the slightest tinge of alcohol burn.