Put a Little Pumpkin In It

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: October 02, 2015

Starting in late August and continuing as long as we can get our hands on select brews, you’ll notice a flurry of orange beer labels lining our Wine and Beer department. The celebrated pumpkin beer is an American tradition, after all, dating back to even colonial times.

According to the article “Early American Beer,” posted to Inside Adams, the Library of Congress’ science, technology, and business blog, a popular drink called “flip” existed in colonial New England, which was described as a “home brewed beer, sweetened with sugar, molasses or dried pumpkin, and flavored with a dash of rum.” The concoction was then heated using a flip-dog, an iron tool with a long handle and a ball on the end. Due to its accessibility as a native plant in America, pumpkin also was sometimes used as a substitute for traditional European ingredients.

These iterations likely tasted very different from the much sweeter pumpkin brews on the market today, which often feature pumpkin pie spice among others like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg—additions popularized by Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in 1985. You’ll find Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale (aka “pumpkin pie in a bottle”) as well as other favorites like Southern Tier Imperial Pumking Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, MadTree The Great Pumpcan Ale, and many more at DLM while supplies last.