Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.101
As I sipped on my Pumpkin Spice Latte® this weekend I was thinking what can be better in the fall with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, all spice and nutmeg…… Well Duh, all of these flavors in beer! The change in the weather and leaves not only brings us Oktoberfest beers but also Pumpkin ales, lagers and ciders. Pumpkin beer for me encompasses the flavors of fall in one glass. If you’re feeling really adventurous try layering these beers with Guinness. Another great combination is with Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter mix half and half pumpkin beer to porter.
Brewers get very creative when making these beers, most using real pumpkin while adding classic fall spices; ginger, all spice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, etc. Brewers also change flavors with the style of yeast they use, whether they use traditional ale, lager or Belgian yeast all of these yeasts will influence the flavor profile of the beer.