Lattes, waffles, ice cream, pasta, cereal… people can’t get enough pumpkin! While pumpkin is everywhere these days, beer made with pumpkin is actually nothing new. Faced with insufficient supplies of malted barley, 17th-century American colonists instead substituted pumpkin in their ale recipes. So fill your glasses with some of our favorite modern day pumpkin brews and raise a toast to American ingenuity.  

Pumpkin Beers


Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher

Year after year, Big Muddy’s Pumpkin Smasher continues to impress us. Brewed with actual pumpkins, Pumpkin Smasher is like drinking pumpkin pie. Rich and creamy, big pumpkin and vanilla notes are complemented by a judicious amount of sweet spice. If you’re on the fence about pumpkin beer, this is one you need to try.  

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly doubles down on the squash by using pumpkin and butternut squash in this rich and satisfying autumnal brew. On the nose it’s spicy and aromatic with hints of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon complementing flavors of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar and caramel malt. 8% ABV and packaged in a six pack - now that’s a gourd value!  

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Looking for a pumpkin beer that stands out from the crowd? Smuttynose Pumpkin drinks like a hoppy pale ale with subtle nuances of pumpkin and sweet spice. Overall a refreshing change of pace.  

Tyranena Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale

Sweet on the nose with just a touch of pie spice, Tyranena Painted Ladies is a hearty amber ale whose pumpkin spice notes play second fiddle to a rich malt backbone. Fans of hearty Oktoberfest Marzens, this pumpkin beer is for you.  

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Punkin Ale is another longtime favorite of ours which has stood the test of time. Not too sweet, nor too spicy, it is an excellent example of a well-balanced pumpkin brew.  

Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider

Looking for a break from beer? How about a gluten free option? Ace Pumpkin cider delivers on both accounts. Big green apple juiciness paired with pumpkin pie spices makes for a delicious fall treat that’s tasty cold but really shines once heated up. A nice hot mug topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick is perfect on a brisk autumn day.   Check out the Beer Buzz for updates on new beer, tastings, sales and more!