6 Good Pumpkin Beers and Where to Find Them in PGH
Tis’ the season for good pumpkin beers, and while Pumking remains all the rage, there are a variety of other pumpkin beers on tap worthy of trying. You might even find one you like better. Here’s a list of some of our top picks and where to find them on tap in Pittsburgh.
Troy Hill’s Penn Brewery is home to Pumpkin Roll Ale, which is as delicious as it sounds. This spiced ale is on the sweet side, but unlike actual pumpkin roll, will give you a buzz along with the sugar kick. (6.0 ABV)
Roundabout, one of Lawrenceville’s newest offerings, is a brewery located on upper Butler Street. There you can find their Jacked Up O Lantern Stout, which is a pumpkin spice coffee stout. Not for the faint of heart, this brew features “plenty of roast and plenty of spice” and is made using fair-trade organic moka java blend from La Prima Espresso. (5.2 ABV)
The newly reopened Tavern 245 in downtown close to Market Square has Dogfish Head Punkin on tap. Both Dogfish Head fans and haters alike can put aside their hoppy differences to enjoy a beer that’s easier to swallow than the brewery’s year-round offerings. (7.0 ABV)
Greenfield’s Hough’s is the neighborhood’s best kept secret. Their 2nd annual Drunkin Punkin is a great example of the brewery’s growth in popularity as of recent, especially with home brewing and craft brewing on the rise here in PA. Expect to find Woodchuck’s Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider, as well as over 20 pumpkin drafts to choose from.
What good would a pumpkin beer list be without the king of them all, Southern Tier’s Pumking. Without a doubt people go crazy for this stuff, but it’s expensive as hell, so if you happen to encounter someone who has it, don’t be offended if they don’t share. Fun fact: Southern Tier brewed more Pumking last year than in 2010 and 2011 combined. You can find this delicious draft at Benjamin’s on the North Side, Mad Mex Shadyside and Mr. Smalls, where they serve it in a cinnamon and sugar-rimmed glass. (8.6 ABV)
Wednesday, October 23, Bloomfield’s Church Brew Works will be unveiling their Pumpkin Stout, which was made from over 150 pounds of chargrilled pumpkins from Cheeseman’s Farm in Portersville.