Nothing quite says fall like a cold bottle of pumpkin brew on a crisp day. There's no arguing that pumpkin is the flavor of fall (apple is a close second), but gone are the days when a pumpkin spice latte was the only way to get your pumpkin fix in beverage form. Breweries both big and small have incorporated pumpkin into their brews, crafting beers that boast notes of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
Here are our top picks for the best pumpkin beers you have to try this fall.
Schlafly Beer Pumpkin Ale
With an 8% ABV, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale packs quite the punch for a pumpkin brew. A special, seasonal release, the ale is well-balanced, serving up notes of caramel and pumpkin spices. As an added perk, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is also perfect for crafting beer cocktails and baked goods.
Southern Tier Brewing Co. Cold Press Coffee Pumking
Southern Tier Brewing Co. has managed to create a pumpkin beer with an added kick thanks to the addition of cold pressed light roast coffee. Cold Press Coffee Pumking is a pumpkin ale that craftily combines the smoothness of cold press coffee with the warmth of pumpkin pie spice.
Blake's Hard Cider Co. Apple Lantern
It's not only beer brands that are getting in on the pumpkin frenzy, hard ciders have also entered the chat. Apple Lantern, a roasted pumpkin hard cider from Blake's Hard Cider Co., is made using handpicked apples and just the right amount of spice.
Lakefront Brewery Pumpkin Lager
Described as one of few pumpkin lagers available worldwide, Lakefront Brewery Pumpkin Lager is made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Although crisp to taste, the lager is reminiscent of pumpkin pie and is ideal for serving with those hearty, holiday meals.
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
A special release from New Belgium, Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin is a pumpkin beer with a truly unique set of ingredients. Those peculiar ingredients include Habanero peppers, Saigon cinnamon, and Aji and Del Arbol peppers.
Elysian Brewing Co. Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
A liquid ode to the mysterious night owl, Elysian Brewing Co.'s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin and even pumpkin seeds. It is then fermented with quite the helping of warm spices. The end result is a refreshing, literal taste of fall.
UFO Pumpkin Ale
A simply out-of-this-world addition to the vast array of pumpkin brews out there, this pumpkin ale from UFO pairs Northwestern hops with a blend of spices for a malty treat. No stranger to special seasonal releases, UFO has released a bevy of flavored brews, including a Georgia Peach Hefeweizen and a Blueberry Lemonade beer.
Hardywood Rum Barrel Pumpkin
Rum and pumpkin? Hardywood certainly didn't hold black with the release of their Rum Barrel Pumpkin. This Belgian-style farmhouse ale is matured in Caribbean dark rum barrels, which provides this 12.3% ABV beer with a molasses-like finish.
O'Fallon Brewery Vanilla Pumpkin
Vanilla and pumpkin, it's a match made in brew heaven. Locally sourced, cold-pressed Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla is added to O'Fallon Brewery's Vanilla Pumpkin beer to add a layer of decadence. Think pumpkin pie with an unexpected scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
Aged in fresh bourbon barrels, Kentucky's Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a welcome medley of warm, fall flavors. This pumpkin beer stands at a lofty 10% ABV, but is a warming sip thanks to flavors that are indicative of caramel and vanilla.