One of the best times of the year is right around the corner, and here at Stark Brewing, we couldn’t be more excited! As Halloween creeps in on Saturday, people have a big decision to make – which bar in Manchester will you be at? Whether you’re looking for a low-key night on the town or one to remember, Stark Brewing Company is always the go-to option.
Why? Well, besides the amazing food and live music, we have the best beer in the region. Yes, we’re tooting our horn because people tell us we can, especially when it comes to our seasonal brews.
Grumpy Pumpkin Ale
Tis’ the season for pumpkin ale. Even if you think you’re not a fan of pumpkin, we dare you to try our famous brew! Unlike other brews, Stark Grumpy Pumpkin incorporates the undeniable flavors of vanilla, brown sugar, and nutmeg. With over 400 pounds of pumpkin, this brew is one our most requested – and for a good reason!
We’re often asked why one would ever incorporate pumpkin into a beer. We didn’t come up with the idea; we just perfected it.
The origins of pumpkin beer
Whether you like it or not, pumpkin beer has actually been around for quite some time. And, as a beer lover, we believe it’s imperative to know your history. So, in honor of the season, here’s your history lesson on pumpkin beer –
Believe it or not, the first pumpkin brew dates back into the 18th century. A time when folks were unbiased about seasons, pumpkins were the thing. If you’ve ever grown a pumpkin, you know how quickly they take over, leaving you with an abundance of fruit. From pies to bread, people incorporated pumpkin into everything, including their beer.
Known as the “pompion,” the mashed and fermented pulp was used not only for flavor but more as a starch, converted into sugar. It’s safe to assume that the colonial version of pumpkin beer was much different than today’s offerings. Described as a “tang,” the beer was not a popular choice unless aged for a few years.
It’s all about the spice
When you think of pumpkin beer, what is the first thing that pops into mind? Probably not the flavor of pumpkin, but instead the spices within the brew. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and so on are popular choices when it comes to a pumpkin spice brew. The Brewers Association has distinct guidelines differentiating pumpkin beer and pumpkin spice beer. While pumpkin beers are not spiced, they may have associated flavors such as smoke, fruit, and sour. On the other hand, pumpkin spice is characterized by the spices added.
There you have it, an inside look at pumpkin beer. If you don’t yet have plans (or even if you do), consider making Stark Brewing Company the bar in Manchester this Halloween. While you’re here, be sure to give our Grumpy Pumpkin a try, we promise you’ll be happy you did!