Perfectly pair your pumpkin beer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV)- October brings out a seasonal favorite for Beer City USA, pumpkin beer! There are a wide range of beers to choose from. Most tend to be the expected amber-colored, malty recipes, with prominent caramel and nutty flavors. Although, some of these brews are spiked with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, and many amplify the pumpkin flavor and bring a kick of fall flavors. Planning a meal around pumpkin beer is fun, seasonal, and easy!


Kick off your meal the right way, with a sizzling and spicy appetizer. Pumpkin beer is a perfect addition to a hearty and fiery chili. Try this spicy chicken chili.

chili 2


-Atwater Brewery’s Bloktober. Rich taste with an amber color.
-Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s Screamin’ Pumpkin Ale. Tastes like pumpkin pie with notes or cinnamon and molasses
-Elysian Brewing Company’s Dark O’ The Moon. Stout brewed with pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon.

Main Course

When you think Thanksgiving, a lot of really great meals come to mind: Crispy and tender turkey, savory stuffing, and garlicky mashed potatoes. When deciding what entree to pair with your pumpkin beer, keep these classic dishes in mind. Pumpkin beer with strong caramel flavor compliments earthy and herbal tasting dishes perfectly. Try Tuscan Lemon Chicken. 

lemon chicken

-Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales’ Autumn Fire. Amber with caramel and chestnut spices.
-Bell’s Brewery’s Best Brown Ale. Smooth hops with dark caramel flavor.
-Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s Norm’s Pumpkin Spiced IPA. Slightly bitter IPA with a warm mix of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Side Dish

Roasted root vegetables provide an earthy, sweet taste that pairs perfect with pumpkin beers. Look for beers that have heavy tastes of cinnamon or allspice. Try this recipe for roasted assorted root vegetables. 

root veg


-Sam Adam’s small-batch release Fat Jack Double Pumpkin. Full body sweetness, heavy on nutmeg flavor.
-New Holland Brewery’s Ichabod Ale. Combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg.


The flavors of pumpkin and fall spices go great with dark chocolate. If you are thinking about a creamier dessert, consider beers with brown-sugar flavors that won’t overpower your dessert. Try this decadent chocolate pumpkin truffle.



-Weyerbacher Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Caramel, grain, and cinnamon flavors with a background of cocoa.




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