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The Ultimate Guide To Fall Pumpkin Beers

First Posted: 09/12/11 06:41 PM ET   Updated: 11/12/11 05:12 AM ET



Who doesn't love fall's seasonal food items? Anything with the scent of pumpkin or cinnamon just makes us want to grab one of our comfy sweaters and just give the season a giant bear hug. We recommend washing down fall's bounty (maple, cloves, allspice, oh my!) with a tasty and refreshing pumpkin beer.

It seems like each autumn, more and more pumpkin beers appear on liquor store shelves and on tap at bars. Although pumpkin beer was made during the colonial era, it had a long quiet period, up until the mid-1980s. Buffalo Bill's Brewery claims responsibility for reviving the style, and now it has many worthy competitors. Below is a round up of some of this year's offerings.

Flying Dog Brewery, The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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Hitting shelves late September, this beer will be available in six-pack and draft form. From the brewery:

Why is there only one time of year - as goblins, ghouls, and ghosts frolic on front lawns - when we embrace THE FEAR? At all other times, THE FEAR dominates us, controls us, and prevents us from greatness. What is there to THE FEAR? Disagreement? Criticism? Humiliation? Whatever THE FEAR is that consumes you, embrace it, along with this Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Only then will the true artist in you rise up.



A little liquid courage, in the form of this Imperial Pumpkin Ale, can't hurt. The Fear is dark, robust and (weighing in at 9% ABV) bold. Black in color from chocolate malt and black wheat, it's brewed with local squash puree and infused with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves -- giving it a pumpkin pie flavor with subtlety sweet graham cracker and chocolate notes. Now, is there anything to fear?
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Apologies to the many local breweries that create great seasonal beers, but we tried to keep our list to somewhat widely-distributed brewskies.

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