Pumpkin beer has its fans and its detractors.
As mentioned in previous rants, Bill Owens should be considered the “Father of Pumpkin Beer”. This is despite the fact that there was no pumpkin in the final product.
There was a time when brewers of fermented beverages had to resort to the use of any inexpensive ingredient that had as much sugar as possible. This meant the use of gourds, pumpkin and other grains than malted barley. The challenge of brewing a beer made of such ingredients could only be compared to the challenge of drinking the final product. Of course, if you had to use pumpkin to make a beer you were drinking for effect and not flavor.
Today is different… pumpkin makes it “special” doesn’t it?
Let’s hear from some who have made their living writing about beer…
What does Lew Bryson have to say about it? Go back and click on Lew and he’ll tell you.
What do I think of pumpkin beer?
Every once in a while spice is nice.