4 Beers to Start Brewing Now for Pumpkin Spice Mania
It's late August, and you can already feel it in the air – pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is approaching. No, not just the Pumpkin Spice Latte that sets Bux sippers at each other's throats for the last drop. We are talking pumpkin spice air freshener, butter, potato chips, whey protein – and maybe even toothpaste. If you grimaced at that last one you don't get how pumpkin spice mania wreaks havoc on this nation every fall. So, we thought we'd give you something pumpkin spice-flavored that is worth consuming – beer. We've got four pumpkin spice picks for you to start brewing now to prepare. We want you to be ready when some sicko offers you unnecessarily-pumpkin-spiced food products so that you can say, "Nah, that's cool, I'll just have a beer."
Our Pumpkin Spice Homebrew Recipes
No matter your beer preference, we're confident we've got a strong lineup for homebrewers ready to face the frenzied pumpkin spice fans who now lie in wait.
Pick number one is a spiced pumpkin beer with our Bavarian Weissbier as its base. Here you've got the fluffy mouthfeel, high carbonation, and wheaty, banana-and-clove flavors of a Weissbier - plus pumpkin. Subtle, caramelly pumpkin flavor and festive fall spices harmonize well with the banana-bread softness of this Weissbier.
With this recipe you bake your pumpkin to caramelize its flavors, which only intensifies the velvety smooth, caramel malt character of our Amber Ale. This one has a delicious balanced flavor, thick, creamy head, and a lingering spice finish. Bitterness here will be even, though you'll enjoy a delicate, citrus hop aroma along with those from your spice and pumpkin.
Enjoy the crisp, full-bodied deliciousness of our Oktoberfest Lager, met with flavorful pumpkin and spices. Taste the soft, elegant malt, which finishes with a slight dryness to avoid being cloyingly sweet. Notes of toffee, biscuit, and toasted malt bring a bready-richness to the pumpkin here.
Our Pumpkin Spice Ale has a Czech Pilsner as its backbone. The complex, spicy hops of the Pilsner pair well with the warm, caramel, flavors of pumpkin spice. Rich maltiness, soft bitterness, spicy Saaz hops, and pumpkin make this one crisp, clean, and refreshing. Don't forget, our many refills and recipes are meant to encourage creativity and experimentation. If none of these four piqued your interest, you can always work out a pumpkin spice recipe of your own. Let us know if it comes out ridiculously delicious!