Pumpkin Beer: Perfect for the Holiday Season
For a unique and tasty fall brew, try pumpkin beer. It has been around since beer began and can add a little holiday cheer to any occasion. Its sublte flavors are sure to please most beer lovers.
When the leaves change color, beer store shelves turn orange to match. It's pumpkin beer season, and the trap is set. Each year, we can't resist plucking a bottle or two, but like a bowl of candy corn, their festive hue belies their taste: too sweet, too sour and sodden with perfume-y spice.
It doesn't have to be this way. The best pumpkin beers are the most unexpected. Far from pie-in-a-bottle, they blend in maple syrup, dark chocolate and the vanilla smoothness of oak barrels—dressing the humble gourd in elaborate costumes that buck almost 400 years of tradition.
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