They’re everywhere now, clogging the endcaps at your grocery store, pushing regular beers out of the way with gaudy orange and black signage: pumpkin beers. Most are regular beers with some fake pumpkin flavoring added. And let’s really dig into that–what does pumpkin taste like? If you’d had squash recently you know that it tastes like nothing. Okay, that’s not fair, it tastes like watery nothing. Squash and pumpkins need to be tarted up with brown sugar, spices, and then slow-roasted to come close to tasting like anything and so what we think pumpkin tastes like is actually the stuff we put in a pumpkin pie to make it taste good: brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Which brings us back to pumpkin beer, which tastes like spices, not pumpkin.
But periodically you have a really good beer which gets it right. Hangar 24 makes some great beer and maybe I’m a sucker for the beautiful label art and aeronautical theme but this has been my go-to micro-brew recently. Start with a strong dark imperial porter that can stand on its own, then put in just enough spice to warm the throat. Put it this way: if you were eating pumpkin pie and then sipped on a beer afterward this is what you’d get. Is it dark? Let’s see:
I drank it all then became so sleepy that I couldn’t do any chores. Thanks A LOT, Hangar 24! Now everyone go get this Local Field Gourdgeous by Hangar 24 and pour all that Budweiser pumpkin syrup crap down the drain.