This year, I steered clear of the standard heavily spiced amber-colored ales and sought out pumpkin-spiked riffs on other styles. Along the way I found pumpkiny pilsner, Belgian dark strong ale, porter, stout, funky farmhouse beer, and even lambic. Beers I'd never thought would, could, or should incorporate pumpkin. My search turned up a few delicious brews that reinvigorated my thirst for this seasonal beer. Here are 6 tasty pumpkin beers that don't taste like pie.
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I hate listening to people complain about how busy they are, so I've come to you not to whine about my increased busyness but merely to acknowledge it. After a decade of barely fettered leisure I've recently found myself with a full day's worth of chores to do every day, even on the days when there is a "Law and Order" marathon or unseasonable warmth and including one ghastly day in September when my ankle hurt and we were out of Advil and cyanide capsules.
In 2007, Harpoon began dabbling in cider, and this fall they've introduced a pumpkin variant. If you read enough food blogs, you might be convinced that pumpkin flavoring is totally played out, making Harpoon very late to a very lame party, but don't kid yourself. Harpoon knows that cider is sold to humans, not blogs, and humans love pumpkin-spiced things. Axe will make their next billion dollars on nutmeg body spray before anyone goes broke betting on pie drinks.