I guess the question we have is, “When actually is Pumpkin Season?” It always seemed to be that October was the time for pumpkins. The ubiquitous orange gourd would populate doorsteps around the neighborhood up until Halloween (when they might get smashed) and maybe some people would leave them out until Thanksgiving when they eventually rotted. But now, Pumpkin Season starts earlier and earlier and lasts longer every year.
It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s 90 degrees out and the beaches are still packed, pumpkin products are filling the shelves and taking over the airwaves. Local brewery Greater Good Imperials released their pumpkin beer on July 31st! And we’re pretty sure some breweries like Shipyard would brew their Pumpkinhead beer year-round if they thought people would buy it. We bet many would!
So whenever pumpkin season is, there are plenty of local pumpkin beers to drink or smash, depending on your opinion of the style. We plan to drink our share and will even indulge in the cinnamon-sugar rim now and then. To help you find yours, we’ve listed over 50 Massachusetts pumpkin brews in a wide variety of beer styles: ales, stouts, ipas, saisons and even a cider and seltzer or two. As always, please check the brewery websites and social media to see the availability of these brews. Happy Pumpkin Season!
? 67 Degrees Brewing Bad Pumpkin (Franklin, MA) – A 5.7% Pumpkin Ale brewed with real pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and a “few other goodies”
? Altruist Brewing PI (Sturbridge, MA) – “Heavy on the pumpkin, light on the spice.” Available on draft and in cans to go from their brewery.
? Amherst Brewing Pumpkin Pumpkin Ale and Pumpkin Spice Latte (Amherst, MA) – The ale is brewed with pumpkin and spices while the latte version has pumpkin, spices, coffee and lactose
? Amory’s Tomb Brewing XXVI (Maynard, MA) – A 7.7% saison brewed with roasted locally grown pumpkin, raisins and Kazbek hops, fermented fully dry with a unique clean Belgian yeast culture isolated from a highly regarded traditional Belgian Oud Bruin
? Barnstable Brewing Wobbly Jack (Barnstable, MA) – A 6.7% fermented with organic pumpkins from Massachusetts and Illinois, organic brown sugar, and finished with organic vanilla beans from Mexico.
? Bearmoose Brewing Oh My Gourd (Everett, MA) – A 5.2 % pumpkin spiced ale. Get it at he brewery complete with a cinnamon-sugar rim.
? Berkley Beer Pumpkin Ale (Taunton, MA) – Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices
? Black Hat Brewing Linus’ Dream (Bridgewater, MA) – A 7.5% pumpkin ale that is light on the spice and very drinkable.
? Brewery 44 Pumpkin Vanilla Cream and Harvest Maple Pumpkin Brown Ale (Carver, MA) – A cream ale brewed with vanilla, brewed with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. The brown ale has maple syrup along with pumpkin. They also have a pumpkin pie seltzer!
? Cambridge Brewing Great Pumpkin Ale (Cambridge, MA) – This Pumpkin Ale is the OG! First brewed in 1990, this subtly spiced brew is made with local sugar pumpkins and is on tap at CBC and in distribution in 16oz cans.
? Canned Heat Craft Beer Pumpkin Craving Contest (Fall River, MA) – Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans with subtle Pumpkin notes. Contains Lactose.
? Cisco Brewing Pumple Drumkin (Portsmouth, NH) – “A Pumple named Drumkin, brewed up some great ale with his pumpkins.”
? Clown Shoes Pumpkin Sombrero (Boston, MA) – A Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout with Pumpkin Puree
? Crue Brew 21 Pumpkins (Raynham, MA) – An ale brewed with over 100lbs of pumpkins! Available in cans and at the brewery with a cinnamon-sugar rim.
? CraftRoots Brewing Autumn Ale (Milford, MA) – This brilliant copper-colored beer is brewed with real pumpkin and a very light touch of pie spice.
? Dorchester Brewing OPO (Obligatory Pumpkin Offering) (Dorchester, MA) – A “roasty sweet stout with the comforting warmth of pumpkin spice.” Available on Nitro in the Tap Room
? Drawing Board Brewing Something Wicked (Florence, MA) – A Pumpkin Spiced Brown
? East Regiment Beer Reggie Pumps and Dunkle S. Pumpkins (Salem, MA) – A 4.6% pumpkin Hefeweizen and Dunkleweizen, Any Questions?
? Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Cake (Framingham, MA) – An autumn ale brewed with cinnamon and vanilla, pumpkin spice coffee cake from My Grandma’s of New England along with Daily Driver coffee from Share Coffee Roasters
? Greater Good Imperial Giant Pumpkin (Worcester, MA) – An 8% creamy pumpkin pie ale with hints of sugar and spice.
? Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin (Boston, MA) – Brewed with Dunkin’ coffee, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and lactose, this beer is available in 12oz bottles and the Dunkin’ Dozen Mix Pack.
? High Limb Pumpkin Spice (Plymouth, MA) – A cider fermented with toasted butternut squash and pumpkin, caramelized with brown sugar and conditioned on pumpkin spices.
? Ipswich Ale Pumpkin Porter (Ipswich, MA) – Their traditional porter made with sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
? Leadfoot Brewing Mr. Jack (Chicopee, MA) – Made with 4 lbs of real pumpkin per barrel and served with or without the cinnamon-sugar rim.
? Lookout Brewing & Cider Pumpkin Patch (Natick, MA) – Lookout makes a hard pumpkin cider that is conditioned with over 1,000 lbs of fresh picked, roasted sugar pumpkins and harvest spice.
? Lost Shoe East Witch (Marlboro, MA) – Their 6.66% pumpkin ale brewed with hundreds of pounds of local @rota_spring_farm pumpkins roasted by Chef T and his crew, topped with Madagascar Vanilla, Spices, and fermented with a Belgian Yeast.
? Merrimack Ales Pumpkin Ale (Lowell, MA) – An ale with a delicate blend of pumpkin and spices.
? Mighty Squirrel Gourdgeous Pumpkin (Waltham, MA) – Pumpkin ale with subtle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, candied yams, and a rich, warm pie crust finish.
? Oak & Iron Brewing Wacko Jacko (Andover, MA) – A dark pumpkin beer made with pumpkins, molasses, maple syrup and spices.
? Oakholm Brewing Pumpkin Carver (Brookfield, MA) – Brewed with Pumpkin puree, loads of pie spices, dark brown sugar and conditioned on vanilla beans.
? Old Colony Pumpkin Ale (Whitman, MA) – Made with pumpkin and spices.
? Naukabout Pumpkin Spice Milkshake IPA (Mashpee, MA) – Brewed with pumpkin, spices and lactose.
? Night Shift Brewing Pumpkin Piescraper (Everett, MA) – Filled with vanilla, spices, maple syrup and lactose for full fall flavor.
? Shovel Town Brewery Pumpkin Ale (Easton, MA) – A 4.8% Pumpkin Ale available with that cinnamon-sugar rim!
? Skyline Beer Pumpkin Peeper (Westfield, MA) – A deep copper Autumn ale brewed with Pumpkin with notes of vanilla, graham cracker and spice.
? Skyroc Brewery Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Seltzer (Attleboro, MA) – In addition to a traditional pumpkin ale, Skyroc has a pumpkin flavored seltzer for something a little different for pumpkin season.
? Spencer Brewery The Monkster Mash (Spencer, MA) – The Monks boarded the pumpkin train last year with the playfully named Monster Mash pumpkin ale and you can find their cans in distribution.
? Stellwagen Beer Pumpkin Pie Frostee (Marshfield, MA) – This brew is hopped intensely with Mosaic and Citra then conditioned on Madagascar vanilla beans, spices and hundreds of pounds of pumpkin purée. CONTAINS LACTOSE!
? Sterling Street Brewery Down With The Pumpkin (Clinton, MA) – “I can see inside you, the pumpkin is rising.
Don’t try to deny what you feel. Get up, come on get down with the Pumpkin!” Spiced ale with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
? Stone Cow Brewery Pumpkin Brewster (Barre, MA) – A brown ale brewed with local pumpkins, local ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and molasses
? The Tap Pumpkin Eater (Haverhill, MA) – Sublty spiced pumpkin ale featuring cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice and real pumpkin.
? Tin Bridge Brewing Pumpkinstein and And Pumpkin For All (Westfield, MA) – Pumpkinstein is a 7% Pumpkin ale brewed with pie crust, cinnamon & brown sugar. And Pumpkin For All is a12% Imperial Pumpkin Stout aged in Bourbon & Maple Syrup barrels with pumpkin pie and cinnamon added!
? Troy City Brewing Baker St. (Fall River, MA) – Pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon and harvest spices.
? UFO Pumpkin (Boston, MA) – Take a “Journey to Planet Pumpkin” with this hefeweizen that’s blended with seasonal spices and pairs with a subtle sweetness of real pumpkin puree in this unfiltered ale.
? Wachusett Brewing (Westminster, MA) – Made with fresh pumpkins and a variety of spices to celebrate the season.
? Winter Hill Brewing Autumn Midnight (Someville, MA) – A pumpkin stout with cocoa nibs
? Wormtown Brewery Fresh Patch (Worcester, MA) -Hundreds of pounds of local pumpkins are blended with their “secret spice recipe.”
? Wormtown Brewery Table Talk (Worcester, MA) – This collaboration with Table Talk Pies is made with 30 pumpkin pies (one pie per barrel), 100 lbs. of pumpkin puree, lactose, and a secret spice blend.
Seriously, any questions, please leave them in the comments, cheers!
*Beer photos from brewery websites and social media