The proliferation of pumpkin-flavored everything has slowed significantly compared to five years ago, and that seems to be the case in beer as well. Even in a year’s time, pumpkin beer entries at GABF dropped from 66 in 2017 to 38 in 2018. Are pumpkin beers on their way to the porch to be picked apart by squirrels or obliterated by little rapscallion neighbors? Or is the trend deserving of a Great Pumpkin-like return? We try five unique pumpkin-featuring styles on this show (and one terrifying pre-made mixed cocktail) to determine if we should even care at all. We also learn more about Fall Craig, pick our ideal piano man at Mariano’s, explain why Bengston’s is terrible, and share some tasty, tasty rage. Good gourd, it’s an interesting journey.
Pumpkin Beverages Consumed
BuzzBallz - Pumpkin Pie Eater (Mixed vodka drink w/ “fresh dairy cream and natural flavors”)
Lakefront Brewery - Pumpkin Lager
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery - Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
Seattle Cider Company - Pumpkin Spice cider
Epic Brewing Co. - Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Porter
Saugatuck Brewing - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Chai