‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, especially pumpkin brews. In light of the season, we picked some of our favorites for you to try. Enjoy!
Lakefront Pumpkin Lager
“This pumpkin lager has strong aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, which continues onto the palate. The spices are followed up with a balanced pumpkin flavor, and the beer finishes with a touch of malt sweetness. A must try for fans of pumpkin beers.” – Peter Sorgatz, Binny’s Glen Ellyn
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
“Hands down, there is nothing more appealing on a cool Indian Summer night than Shlafly’s famed Pumpkin Ale- that is unless you can manage to hold onto this gem throughout the remainder of fall. The build of this beer holds a firm amber-malt toastiness complimented by the clean crisp sweetness it provides. Minimal hop presence allows for the pumpkin base to shine through, harmonized fantastically with a variety of spices. Nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, all-spice, and vanilla are some of the more notable characteristics. Toasted malt and a buttery graham cracker flavor provide a seductive dessert-like beer perfect for any occasion. Unlike most pumpkin ales I’ve had the opportunity to try, Shlafly’s provides a well rounded body big enough to match the array of spices packed into this top notch brew. Pour it, adore it.”
- John Hedges, Binny’s Champaign
*Note: Schlafly beers are only available in our Champaign and Bloomington locations.
Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher
“I am not a big fan of Pumpkin beers, however, Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher is a pumpkin beer I had recently that I could drink quite a bit of. The beer is brewed with real pumpkins and savory pumpkin pie spices; natural cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are peppered throughout. The blend of American hops balanced with Pale/Caramel malts creates a full-bodied taste and fantastic flavor. This is pumpkin pie in a bottle!” – Nick Gallichio, Binny’s Bolingbrook
Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
“The nose is softer that the boldness of my other favorite pumpkin beer, Southern Tier Pumking, but this one sure delivers in large amounts on the palate. Huge notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and pumpkin which all balance wonderfully. Point Whole Hog also took Gold at the GABF 2012 for the pumpkin category. This is the closest beer I’ve tasted to Pumking to date and any pumpkin beer fan should absolutely give this one a try. ” – Ken Habenicht, Binny’s Buffalo Grove
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
“Don’t confuse this with Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale; Smashed Pumpkin packs over twice the ABV (9%) and a boat load of more flavor than its counterpart. Smashed Pumpkin was top dog at a recent blind tasting of ours that included 8 pumpkin ales. It is spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a plethora of other fall spice flavors, to go along with a perfect amount of pumpkin flavor.” – Kyle Fornek, Binny’s Willowbrook
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