Pumpkin beers have built a strong seasonal tradition in the US in recent years; the craft beer revolution mixed with Halloween and Thanksgiving’s pumpkin pie to give something that frankly, tastes pretty much as that sounds.
This website lists 363 different brews from American speciality brewers!
Like many a trend that has gone before (chewing gum, cowboys, rap music), an enthusiasm for pumpkin ales may well be spreading across the pond. In an Edinburgh pub the other evening I had my first taste, and contrary to my expectations was surprised by how much I enjoyed a few pints of the stuff. So in celebration of the season, here’s a selection of British pumpkin ales to try:
‘Stewart’s Pumpkin Ale’
Stewart Brewing is an Edinburgh-based brewery that has been going since 2004. Alongside their year-round selection, the brewery has a number of seasonal offerings, with the autumn’s 4.3% Pumpkin Ale as one of these.
‘Sadler’s Pumpkin Eater’
Another seasonal brew, this time from Sadler’s, a microbrewery based in Stourbridge near Birmingham. Pumpkin Eater is a ruby red English bitter with the addition of that all-important fresh pumpkin, available only in October.
‘Downton Pumpkin Ale’
From a very old village in deepest, darkest Wiltshire, Downton turns out up to 60 barrels a week of real ales. Each October, their 4.2% Pumpkin Ale is one of those made – with plenty of hops and locally-grown organic pumpkins.
Do know of any other British pumpkin ales?
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