While the supposed pumpkin spice latte shortage is now under control, it served as a helpful reminder that great seasonal drinks extend beyond the bean. So, Reader’s Digest assistant editors—and beer aficionados—Damon Beres and Caitlin O’Connell rounded up their favorite pumpkin brews. There’s enough here for a great six pack—check ’em out:
• Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale
Caitlin: The perfect pairing of pumpkin pie and beer, this is my favorite pumpkin brew this fall. The flavor is strong enough to satisfy pumpkin lovers, but not so overwhelming that we tire of the taste. See where it’s sold »
• Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Damon: My favorite! Pumpkin beers too often taste like candy to me, but this has a discreet sweetness and just enough bitterness to take seriously. It’s from New York, but you can find Brooklyn Brewery’s products across the country: See where it’s sold »
• Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Caitlin: Though this brew was a bit too sweet for my taste, it is the perfect choice for Blue Moon lovers seeking a seasonal alternative. The distinct citrus flavor of Blue Moon is still there, plus a dash of spice to make it pumpkiny. See where it’s sold »
• Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Damon: With its hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this tastes a bit like Thanksgiving, which is great—not overpowering, but definitely full-flavored and pleasantly complex. See where it’s sold »
• Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Caitlin: Sam Adams brews their Harvest Pumpkin Ale with 17 pounds of real pumpkin, and it’s obvious from the taste. More actual pumpkin than pumpkin spice, this Sam Adams seasonal is not sweet but tastes more natural than most other pumpkin beers. See where it’s sold »
• Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Damon: Hearty and strong—it’s got 8 percent alcohol by volume as opposed to the 5 percent you’d get in a Bud—Weyerbacher’s pumpkin brew is worth experiencing on its own. (Or maybe with some pie, if you’re feeling bold.) See where it’s sold »
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