10 Great California Pumpkin Beers

Fall Gourds

Pumpkins and spice are popular in fall beers, not just at Starbucks.


21st Amendment & Elysian Brewing He Said/She Said – Bit of a cheat since this is a collaboration with Elysian and a set of two beers, but an interesting look on how an ingredient affects a beer style and vice versa.

Pair with a Charlie Brown Linus outfit since Elysian is known for their Great Pumpkin beer festival and a Twix to share amongst the two beers.

Mike Hess Brewing Magna Cucurbita – In Latin, which Hess beers are named in, this translates into Great Pumpkin.

Pair with a costume of Archimedes or any other smart Roman and a Butterfinger bar to call back to experiments in water displacement from dropping items in a bath.

Twisted Manzanita Witch’s Hair – A big beer coming in at 9.5% ABV with notes of brown sugar and clove from this Santee brewery.

Pair with D’uh.  A witch or Warlock costume and a box of raisins.  You always get a box of raisins on Halloween.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Pinchy Jeek Barl – Another foreign language name, this time Boont.  All you need to know, aged in former Wild Turkey barrels.

Pair with an Okie/Homesteader look like from Of Mice and Men and a Nestle Crunch bar.

The Lost Abbey Avant Gourde – A non-traditional pumpkin base beer, Biere de Garde, accented with clove, mace and cinnamon.

Pair with a pope costume or something similarly religious and a Snickers.

If you are looking for something scarier.  Like the mist rising out of a sinister looking graveyard that is lit by a pale light emanating from beneath your feet, then maybe you should check out The Bruery‘s new beer, Ignis Fattus, a robust porter from the Orange County brewery is made with pumpkin puree and fall spices. Then run!

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.


Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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Thanks for the love, Sean! Go Halos!! ⚾

Always one of the best. Sorry about the finish to the season and I hope we get that Freeway Series next year.

Both teams have a few issues to address this off season, but they’re close. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, my friend!


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