There are so many pumpkin beers on the shelves these days that it’s difficult to figure out what’s a trick and what’s a treat. We’ve done the tough work of drinking the best pumpkin beers in America to ensure your next six-pack is full of sugar, (pumpkin) spice, and everything nice.
One disclaimer: We didn’t include delicious variants of some of these beers because they’re generally impossible to find — and what the hell’s the fun in that if you can’t drink it? If a given brewery on this list distributes to your state, you should have a good shot at buying its pumpkin beer.
No conversation about pumpkin beer is complete without Schlafly, which might just be the most well-balanced bottle in the patch. The spiciness on the nose may spook some, but one sip reveals how it’s medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, with pumpkin flavors playing along more as an accent than the language. Oh, and the real good news is that it tastes exactly like liquid pumpkin pie. It’s what people in the industry call a “converter” beer because even people who hate this style will usually find something they like. Not surprisingly, this makes it a pretty obvious choice for a cooler option at your Halloween party or mid-season tailgate.
Read the full list here.