REVIEW: Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale by Otter Creek Brewing

4 Aug

I know it’s only the beginning of August, but I can’t help but become nostalgic for fall recipes. I know fall is not really that far away, but right now it feel eons away and i’m having a hankering for fall  flavors.

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin BEER. I don’t know if you noticed but to me nothing says fall more than pumpkin flavored things. It doesn’t hurt that i’ve got a surplus of the canned stuff sitting on my pantry shelves and a stock of it portioned out in the chest freezer. The husband and I are planning on brewing a pumpkin beer in the next couple of weeks so that we can enjoy that through the fall and transition from all this summer style wheat beer we’ve been brewing and drinking. Now for those of you that like pumpkin beer, even 1/4 as much as I do, here’s a little secret – most pumpkin beers don’t ACTUALLY contain any pumpkin! *insert Gasp. Shock. Horror here* This revelation made me feel like I was being lied to, led on, cheated out of some good old pumpkin flavor in my fall beer choices. Alot of the brewers use pumpkin pie SPICES so when you crack open a bottle of “pumpkin” beer you get a whiff of cinnamon and nutmeg…but no actual pumpkin is present. But fear not – there are brewers out there who offer pumpkin beer with actual pumpkin in it!

The husband and I went out to our local place to sample their Wednesday offering and I decided to peruse the coolers to see what bottle I could sample next. And there is was – pumpkin ale made with PUMPKIN! The angels sang, the earth moved, I smiled like Ralphie when he got his Red Rider BB Gun on Christmas morning.


This beer is DELICIOUS! Opening it, it smells like a pumpkin pie right of the oven. It’s got that nice warm orange color from it actually being MADE with pumpkin. It’s smooth and tasty and everything a pumpkin beer should be. I wanted more. But I behaved because it was a work night. And I was full from dinner. But I would have had more. Really.

This is made by Otter Creek Brewing, which is located in Vermont. Check them out if you’re ever in their area. And by all means, if you can get your hands on some of this, try it! Oh, and for those of you that it matters to, it’s made with USDA Organic pumpkin.





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