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For Fans of Seasonal Beers – What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin Beer?

by Prince Of Petworth September 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm 60 Comments

It’s officially autumn so it’s time for seasonal beers to switch over. While they’ve been out for a few weeks I was still hanging on to the summer brews. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Dogfish head seasonals and love their Punkin Ale.

Anyone else enjoy the Autumn seasonals? Any other recommendations of what to try?

For those who like Dogfish Head – Logan Circle’s new beer/liquor store Batch 13, 1724 14th St, NW, has a great deal on the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale:

  • jeff

    Jack’s Pumpkin Spiced Ale. But I have not been able to find it in the DC area (it is a Michelob product). Anyone know if its possible to buy this near DC?

    • Way out in the burbs

      I know it is way out of the way, but if you’re ever in Gaithersburg the Macgrubers by Dog Fish Head sells Jack’s.

      • anon

        It was at whole foods last year, 15th and P. Or maybe the year before. Am so old now, it all fades together.

        It was also gross.

    • 16th St.

      They also had it at the Harris Teeter on Kalorama last year, but haven’t been in recently.

  • mmm love pumpkin ales! my favorite part of fall. I like Dogfish Head, but it’s a little too strong for me. My favorites are Post Road Pumpkin Ale and New Holland Ichabod Ale, which are still pleasantly pumpkin-y, but a little less ABV.

    • I’m also a big fan of the New Holland Ichabod. Also, Sam Adams’ Octoberfest has been one of my favorites for years.

      • Sam’s Oktoberfest is solid. At 5% ABV, a petite gal like me can have more than one without toppling over. Plus, since it’s Sam’s and very widely distributed, I can get it at CVS if I’m in a pinch.

        • Beer

          Just a heads up, Sam Adams Octoberfest isn’t a pumpkin beer. It’s a Marzen/Oktoberfest-style beer. Just clarifying.

    • +1 for the Post Road

  • Anonymous

    I love the guys at Batch 13. It’s a great place to find good beers.

    And while I really enjoy the DFH Punkin Ale, I prefer something more sessionable than this stuff. At 7% ABV, drinking a whole 4-pack would have me spinning!

  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale!

    • oldhouselover

      +1, tastes like liquid pumpkin pie! delicious!

    • Krystina

      Another vote for Schlafly!

  • Picked up some Dogfish Punkin at their brewery about a week ago — along with a case of Midas Touch (mmmmmm).

  • Pumking. Nothing else comes close.

    But…Avery’s Rumpkin (nearly impossible to get out here), Weyerbacher, and Schafley are also very good.

    • Anonymous

      +1 for the Pumking by Southern Tier. Hands down the best.

      For a more easy drinking one, I like Brooklyn’s Post Road Ale.

    • Agree on the Southern Tier Pumking. Anyone know where you can get it around here? Everywhere seems to have gotten very little and then very quickly sold out.

      • I ordered a case online, but I’ve seen it recently at the liquor store on L NW between 19th and 20th. Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquor (across from DuPont metro north entrance) usually gets a couple of shipments throughout the fall.

        • Anonymous

          Rodman’s in Friendship Heights

          • Thanks! Just got one of each at Rodman’s today!

    • Pumking seems to be the favorite. What is it like? I’m not fond of beers that are loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg and taste like pumpkin pie. It’s just not my thing. I like my beer to taste like beer :)

    • I like Weyerbacher’s the best

  • buffalo bill’s pumpkin ale and southern tier’s pumpking. if you’re feeling fancy, get the 2xIPA by southern tier and do a half/half with the pumpking — it cuts the sweetness and gives it an added kick!

  • michael

    That is a good deal, thanks for sharing! I picked some up this weekend in bethany beach, de (just south of dogfish operations in Milton/Rehoboth) for $8 and thought I was getting a steal unheard of in dc. On average though, dogfish head is cheaper by about $3-4 there, presumably because its cheaper to ship in-state, so remember that if you head to the beaches next year.

    Other than punkin, my second favorite seasonal is Abita’s Pecan Harvest ale. Also, the Sam Adams Oktoberfest is actually good, too. Fall beers are the best.

  • Southern Tier’s Pumpking. It blows all other pumpkin beers outta the water…or keg.

    • lots of recs for Southern Tier…never had their pumpkin beer but I do like their other offerings. I’ll have to give it a shot.

    • CODEL

      Yes, Southern Tier Pumpking is hands down the best Pumpkin Ale, and will fight anyone who thinks otherwise!

  • NE

    Flying Dogs The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

  • Anonymous

    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

    Schlafly and DFH Punkin are also really good

  • Dc Brau’s Pumpkin Porter (Fermentation without representation) is phenomenal!

  • I had a nice pumpkin beer at meridian pint the other night, but don’t remember what it was.

    Yes, i love seasonal beers.

    • Anon

      If it was a couple of nights ago it would have been the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. If it was Sunday then it would have been Schlafly Pumpkin.

  • Sully

    Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale – an oldy and a goody. been drinking this since 1995.

  • Matt

    Just did a pumpkin beer tasting with a bunch of friends on Saturday night. We had 10 different pumpkin beers and there were 3 clear winners: Schlafly, Williamsburg Alewerks (very similar to the Schlafly) and Elysian Night Owl.

    I would also like to give a shout out to DC Brau’s draft-only version of their Fermentation Without Representation Pumpkin Porter, which is quite fantastic. The bottled version, brewed at Epic, isn’t nearly as good.

    • Ah, good point. I forgot that the bottled version isn’t the same.
      + 1 on the Elysian recommendation, which reminds me that I need to go pick some up for my pumpkin beer crazed girlfriend…..

  • Jacques Au Lantern – by Evolution Craft – by far the best pumpkin ale

  • My favorite is Shipyard Pumpkinhead from Portland, ME. Good stuff!

    • I like Shipyard too. I’m surprised to see that it didn’t get very good ratings on Beer Advocate.

      oh well, what do they know? more for us! ;)

      • The reason it doesn’t get good ratings is because it’s too sweet.

    • John

      That’s one of my favorites too. I haven’t found it on shelves in DC yet this year…

  • kikibat27

    Southern Tier’s Pumpking! And Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale! Both are like pumpkin pie in a glass!

  • bb

    Flying Dog – Dogtoberfest!

  • Rukasu

    The only pumpkin beer I ever liked was last year’s DC Brau/Epic collaboration, all others are typically gag inducing

    • Agreed, I can’t stand pumpkin beer. It’s just gross.
      I’d rather get some of the Oktoberfest brews, if I’m itchin’ to have a seasonal swill.

  • KGDC

    Schlafly’s by a landslide!

  • Canti

    The one without pumpkin.

  • Anonymous

    Too many yummy Oktoberfest brews (Spaten etc.), pumpkin=gross.

  • Mmmm Pumpkin Cider

    It’s not a Pumpkin Beer, but Woodchucks’s Pumpkin Hard Cider is pretty darn good. And its 6.9% . . .

  • My favorites are New Holland’s Ichabod and Schlafly Pumpkin. And although not really pumpkin, Great Lakes Oktoberfest is tasty too (it’s spicy like a pumpkin beer).

  • lostangryarmed

    Dogfish Head Punkin is the best by far! I haven’t found it anywhere cheaper than Harris Teeter on Kalorama.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      How much is it at the Harris Teeter?

  • Nikib10z

    My favorite is Harvest Time from NC brewery Big Boss. Havent been able to find it up here but just brought a bunch back with me! Excited to have in my fridge

  • Col

    Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is a winner and if you want to classify The Bruery’s Autum Maple as a pumpkin beer, that’s a phenomenal brew.

  • tracy

    despite its lack of glam, Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is BOMB! It’s one of my favorites and not too expensive like other seasonals. Southern Tier Pumpking is of course one of the best, but it tasted more like caramel than pumpkin this year… I wonder why…

  • yz

    Terrapin’s is my favorite (Weyerbacher and DC Brau/Epic in at 2 and 3)

  • Rhody

    I think Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale is comparable to Southern Tier’s Pumpking. They have everything else beat hands down.

  • Anonymous

    Wollaver’s Pumpkin is my all-time favorite, but there’s this new kind called Two-Can Slam out of a microbrewery here in DC that is AMAZING.


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