Pumpkin beers have been around a heck of a lot longer than the modern craft beer movement. This isn’t a flash-in-the-pan seasonal; this is a unique style with a fun history. The formal recipe for Pumpkin Ale was created by English colonists who moved to America in 1771 who then brought the recipe back to England only after pumpkins were introduced in that country. According to Beer and Brewing, the ale was more like a thick wine due to the pulpiness of the pumpkin meat used in the brewing process. The popularity of this specific Pumpkin beer/wine continued into the 1800s but quickly died off as other, more malt-forward beer styles took hold. It instead became more of a flavoring agent to spice up drinks.
The standalone pumpkin beer was revived by Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, who claim they created “America’s Original” Pumpkin Ale in 1986. This ale is closer to what drinkers can expect today, with more spice and pumpkin pie flavor added to amp up the drinking experience.
So throw those oktoberfests in the trash put on a cozy sweater and enjoy.
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