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Pumpkin Beer Recipes

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June is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, but is currently residing in New York. She loves to cook naturally with plants from her garden.

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'Tis the Season Once Again for Pumpkin Beer!

Breweries all over the country have once again filled their barrels and stocked the shelves with the holiday favorite for beer aficianados - Pumpkin Beer! From now through Chistmas you can go to your favorite pub and order a pint of Pumpkin Beer, pick it up at your favorite beer store or you can .....

Brew your own Pumpkin Beer right at home!

Pumpkin Beer is also a wonderful addition to bread batters, biscuit doughs, stews and .....

Ice Cream!

Yes, you can make homemade Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream, too. What better way for the family to get together on Thanksgiving but to make some homemade Pumpkin Beer ice Cream to go with the pumpkin pie?

Before We Get Down to the Nitty Gritty of Brewing Pumpkin Beer - Let's take a vote

How many of you love or hate Pumpkin Beer?

There's no need to jump up and down yelling "Whoopie!", unless you WANT to look like a complete idiot to your friends and family. If you do - that's O.K. too - I look and sound like a complete idiot quite often to my friends and family. I leave them scratching their heads in total disbelief and wonderment all the time!

Just Raise Your Hand if You Love it.

No, no, no, no, no, don't raise your hand, and don't do what I say, just vote by ticking the little balloon. I'm the idiot. Remember?

Just click the circle while you have voting booth nightmares.

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Origins of Pumpkin Ale

The brewing of Pumpkin Beer, or Pumpkin Ale goes back to the time of our founding fathers in the colonies of North America. Having an ale for breakfast was not an uncommon practice at that time because drinking water wasn't always safe.

During the autumn harvest, brewing a beverage from the produce of the harvest, was just thrifty good sense and pumpkin was plentiful as were some of the spices. Brewing these spiced ales reflected the necessity of using the harvest in as many ways as possible to store for the winter without wasting anything.

As far as we know from the cookbooks of 1500's, the pumpkin beer, and other spiced beers such as Ginger Beer and Sassafras Beer (Root Beer), were very different than the beers as we know them today.

Although pumpkin doesn't actually add that much flavor to a beer, the spices that are added by the brewer are what creates the unique ale flavors. These spices give the flavor and essence of a pumpkin pie rather than the sweet, buttery taste of the gourd.

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Quote by Benjamin Franklin

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

- Benjamin Franklin

Home Brewed Pumpkin Beer

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Photo by Beerutopia

This is a recipe that someone gave me a few years ago. I don't know where he got it from and I haven't tried it myself. It is worth a try for anyone that has already brewed beer at home or for anyone willing to try.

Ingredients:

* 6-10 pounds of pumpkin

* 1 pound of Vienna malt, 4L

* ½ pound crystal malt, 60L

* ½ pound malted wheat

* 6 pounds light or amber malt extract

* 1 cup brown sugar (optional)

* ½ cup molasses (optional)

* 1 ounce Mt. Hood hops (boiling)

* 1½ ounce Hallertauer hops (finishing)

* ½ teaspoon vanilla

* ½ to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices (see below)

* Wyeast 1056, American Ale

Directions:

In this recipe DO NOT use canned pumpkin! Real pumpkin is a must.

First roast the pumpkin in the oven, the same way you roast any winter squash. This will soften the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and strings. Cut the pumpkin into manageable pieces. (Old jack-o'lanterns work great), Place pumpkin pieces in a shallow roasting pan and add a bit of water to the pan. Roast in a 350F° oven for about an hour, or until tender. .

There are two ways you can incorporate the finished pumpkin: a partial mash style method or simply a soak with the grains as the water heats.

For the partial mash method: Add the pumpkin and grains to hot water (between 150 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit is fine, I believe) and let rest for an hour, then bring to a boil and remove the pumpkin and grains. (Note: I don't have sparging equipment, so this removal is simply via a wire strainer.)

For the soak method: Add the pumpkin and the grains to your pot of water and put it on the heat to boil. When it boils, remove the pumpkin and grains.

Add the malt extract (6 pounds is for dry, you could easily get away with 7 pounds if it's syrup), optional brown sugar and molasses, Mt. Hood hops and boil for 1 hour. After 45 minutes, add the finishing Hallertauer hops. At the very end of the boil, add the vanilla and pumpkin spices* - these are volatile and adding them to the boil any sooner will essentially nullify their flavor.

Ferment for 1 week, or until primary fermentation settles down and rack to a secondary for 2 more weeks. The secondary fermentation is not strictly necessary, but it helps for clarification and for letting the flavors mellow. Bottle, priming with 1/2 cup of corn sugar, and drink after a couple of weeks.

* Pumpkin Spices: I like a typical mixture of what you'd put into a pumpkin pie: cinnamon, allspice, ginger and a smidgeon of nutmeg and clove. DON'T use the generic "Pumpkin Pie Spice" from the store. It is terribly bland. Mix your own instead. Your own mix will give you more control over the outcome. This spice aroma is one of the first things you notice when you open a bottle.

A quick note about the hops. Mt. Hood is a nice spicy, slightly sweet hop (a variant of Hallertauer, actually) that seems to complement this beer well. For finishing, you don't have to stick to Hallertauer; play with it a bit. Cascade might be a nice finish, or if you want to reduce the hop bite, omit the finishing hop altogether.

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Jason McAdam drinking pumpkin beer from a pumpkin

Jason McAdam drinking pumpkin beer from a pumpkin

Equipment You Will Need to Brew Your Pumpkin Beer at Home

Pumpkin Beer Homebrew Kits

I would first check out my local brewing store for advice on exactly what's needed. You could print out a recipe from here and take it to the store with you to show the brewer shopkeeper. Once he gives you the list of what he thinks you should have, compare the prices with the homebrew kits on Amazon.

Amazon seems to have the lowest prices going. The beer kit I have selected from Amazon to show here is a real good one at a good price, especially when compared to home brewing catalogs. My husband liked it.I

f you don't have a brewing shop in your town, then buying a homebrew beer kit online is the easiest and probably the most economical route. Keep in mind that you can save a lot on shipping if you furnish your own beer bottles.

If you haven't been saving any at home start saving them immediately. Remember to wash and sterilize the bottles thoroughly. Usually, a really good dish washer set on high will take care of that.

Compare the home brew beer kits at your local stores with this one from Amazon. Amazon has a ton of different ones that are all reasonably priced.

New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit

Pumpkin Beer Kit - Beer Making Kit

You can use any beer making kit you want. Just use your favorite pumpkin beer recipe.

My husband liked this Homebrew Beer Kit when he tried brewing his own beer. It includes everything a beginner needs to try their hand at making homemade beer. This one includes the bottles. You can get cheaper kits if you supply your own bottles.

The kit includes easy to follow instructions and all the equipment needed to make your first batch of homebrew. It is a perfect gift to give the Dad or husband who's been yearning to try this skill at home.

More Pumpkin Beer Recipes

  • Pumpkin Spice Ale
    Pumpkin Spiced Ale can be a tricky recipe to pull off, but delicious if done right. This ale is an excellent addition to Fall and Winter gatherings. Here is a recipe that is a delicate balance of strong flavors!
  • Pumpkin Ale
    That time of the year to start thinking about making a batch of pumpkin ale for the holidays. If you have never tried pumpkin beer you are in for a treat. It's like drinking your pumpkin pie but with a little kick.
  • My Favorite Pumpkin Ale Recipe
    This guy thinks this is the best Pumpkin Ale recipe he's ever tasted. He has been making it for 5 years and says it has not failed him yet.
  • Charlie Brown Pumpkin Ale
    This beer brewer says this recipe turned out wonderfully good. So good in fact, that he wanted to share it.

Brewing Pumpkin Ale and Maple Barleywine

Brew Pumpkin Beer in a Pumpkin

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I found this really cool blog that shows you step-by-step how to make your Pumpkin Beer in a pumpkin.

How to Brew Pumpkin Beer in a Pumpkin in 20 Easy Steps

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Do Pumpkin Beers Measure Up?

There are many beer drinking aficionados that scoff at the idea of drinking beer made from that winter squash named pumpkin.

After all, how can beers that are flavored with pumpkin and sweetened with honey, maple syrup or brown sugar; and have a heady aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves or nutmeg, be considered a serious beer?

While, there are those that may not consider them a serious beer, some of the micro-breweries across Northern America have come up with some really good selections that are a wonderfully different accompaniment to any autumn or holiday meal.

However, some of the Pumpkin Beers are so sweet, that they work better as an after dinner dessert. In fact, some restaurants are now serving Pumpkin Beer as an after dinner drink served in a pint rimmed with brown sugar crystals.

Below I have listed some of the Pumpkin Beers that are currently on the market.

Commercial Pumpkin Beer

Pumpkin Beer is popular during the fall of the year and goes hand-in-hand with the foods that are prepared as the weather gets colder. From a spiced bowl of hot chili to a roasted turkey, pumpkin beer is an accompaniment to a winter meal that many enjoy. There are many breweries and micro-breweries that have created a wide variety of spiced pumpkin beers and ales. Here is a sampling of the many Pumpkin Beers that are now on the market that you may be inclined to try.

  • Wolaver's Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale (Vermont)
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Punkin' Ale - (Delaware) This beer leans a bit on the sweet side so will work well in the Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream recipe below.
  • Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale (Maine)
  • Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company (New York)
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (Maine)
  • Propellor Brewery Pumpkin Ale (Nova Scotia)
  • Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout (Massachusetts)
  • Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale (New Hampshire)
  • Elysian Brewing Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (Washington)
  • Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch Ale (Maryland)
  • Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company (Michigan)
  • Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery (New York)
  • Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale (New York) This is another very sweet Pumpkin Beer
  • Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery (California)
  • Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company (Colorado) I personally did not care for this Coor's creation as it had a very bready-wheat flavor, but then the only beer that I will drink that is brewed by Coor's is Killian's Red. If you are a Coor's fan, you might like it.

Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream Recipe - Make Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream with Your Homemade Pumpkin Beer

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The recipe and photo come from Modern Domestics which she adapted it from a Williams-Sonoma recipe.

Makes one quart.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

5 egg yolks

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin puree

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup pumpkin beer

In a heavy 2-quart sauce pan, combine 1 cup of cream and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Warm over medium heat, until small bubbles form at the edges of the mixture - around 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, ginger, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup cream, and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth.

Remove cream mixture from heat. Very slowly add about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon (if you run your finger through the mixture on the spoon, it should leave a clean trail). Do not let the custard boil.

In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, then cool the custard mixture over an ice bath.

When cool, whisk the pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin beer into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic directly on the custard's surface (this will prevent a skin from forming). Refrigerate until chilled - preferably overnight.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Makes about 1 quart.

Note:

To make your own homemade pumpkin puree, use 1 large or 2 medium Sugar Pie or other eating (not field) pumpkins. Cut out the stem and quarter the pumpkin lengthwise. In a preheated 400°F oven, bake the quarters, cut side down, in a shallow roasting pan with a little water in the bottom until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool, scrape out the seeds, cut the flesh from the peels, and force it through a medium-mesh sieve or the medium disk of a food mill. Freeze any leftover puree for up to 2 months.

White Mountain Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket 6-Quart Hand Cranked Ice Cream Maker

Some of my best memories of a child at home were when my father and uncle's would all take turns with the old fashion hand crank ice cream maker.

It would take them most of the day adding ice and rock salt while taking their turns cranking the old ice cream maker, but boy was that wait ever worth it. All of us kids, young and old, would crowd around waiting our turn at that delicious confection.

Create memories for your own children by making them ice cream at home for the holidays or any special day.

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Pumpkin Beer Bread

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup ground flaxseed

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup melted butter

2/3 cup pumpkin beer (at room temperature)

3 large eggs

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

Cooking spray

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, salt, and next 6 ingredients (through allspice) in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk.

3. Combine 1/2 cup water and flaxseed.

4. Place sugar, melted butter, beer and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add flaxseed mixture and pumpkin; beat at low speed just until blended. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Divide batter between 2 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

5. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack.

Options:

Add chopped nuts and dried cranberries

The extra loaf may be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen or given away as a gift.

Freshly Ground Nutmeg is an Essential Ingredient

You may need these kitchen tools to make your Pumpkin Beer and Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream.

I own this Microplane Nutmeg Grater. It is very convenient for me as it not only grates the nut but will also keep the unused portion of the nut from losing its potency by storing it in the attached box.

I also own two of these Braun coffee grinders (featured here) which I use on a regular basis.

One of the coffee grinders I use for (duh) grinding coffee, and the second one I use to grind spices.

This coffee grinder is a well made, durable grinder. I have had mine for years and use them constantly.

Braun KSM2-BLK Aromatic Coffee Grinder, Black

- Yum!

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Pumpkin Beer Biscuit Recipe

The first time I made beer biscuits was out of necessity.

The necessity was we wanted some biscuits to go with our dinner but had run out of milk, and it was too far to drive all the way into town just for a carton of milk.

We had lots of beer, however, so beer biscuits were born.

I decided to try making them with some left-over pumpkin beer and they turned out great. Keeping it simple, this recipe is using Bisquick, but you could just as easily use your own biscuit recipe and just substitute the beer for the milk.

All you have to do is follow the directions on the box of Bisquick, or from your favorite brand of baking mix, and just replace the milk with the pumpkin beer. The beer should be room temperature, but not flat. When you add the beer, pour it in slowly so that it doesn't foam up and make a mess.

If you have some leftover pureed pumpkin on hand you could mix about 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. of pumpkin into the dough. Just remember to cut the quantity of beer for the amount of pumpkin added. So, if your recipe on the box calls for 2/3 of a cup of milk, add 1/3 cup of pumpkin and 1/3 cup of beer.

Because I had a large family when I baked biscuits from a baking mix, I usually use 4 cups of the baking mix and 1 12-oz. bottle of pumpkin beer.

Once everything is mixed, just knead your dough enough to be able to roll or pat it out. Don't play with the dough too much or you will have tough biscuits.

You could also make dropped biscuits, if you prefer, by dropping the dough into buttered muffin tins, or onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Again, just follow the directions on the box of your baking mix for the baking time, but biscuits generally will take 8 to 10 minutes to bake in an oven set at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Options:

I have tried all of these options and they are all good. If you decide you want to try them, just stir into the baking mix before adding the beer.

1 Tablespoon fresh sage, chopped

1/2 c. pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

Now You Know What You can Do With Pumpkin Beer

Now that you have a better idea about Pumpkin Beer, are you ready to try it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did You Find the Pumpkin Beer Recipe You Wanted?

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Thanks for Stopping By!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on December 24, 2012:

@WindyWintersHubs: Don't feel alone. That is why I get creative with using it to bake.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on November 25, 2012:

I love pumpkin desserts and may drink a beer a year. Not too sure about pumpkin beer as I like plain things. OK. It sounds really strange to me (LOL).

KonaGirl (author) from New York on November 22, 2012:

@donnetted: Sorry you don't eat pumpkin. It is so good for you, even without the beer.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on November 15, 2012:

@Tony Cooks: Thanks for the nice comment.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on November 15, 2012:

@dragonlildragon: Thanks for such a nice compliment!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on October 23, 2012:

@clouda9 lm: Thanks for the info Colleen.

Alana-r on October 18, 2012:

Wow, i never even knew Pumpkin beer existed, it sounds delicious, great lens!

Donnette Davis from South Africa on October 18, 2012:

Hmmm I'm not too sure about this... I don't eat pumpkin... But the recipes look absolutely divine!

Tony Cooks on October 08, 2012:

I love pumpkin, have made pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread. Although I have never made or tasted pumpkin beer. I would love to try it, I bet it tastes awesome. Great lens - thanks :-)

dragonlildragon on October 08, 2012:

Really cool lens. Lots of information here. I am very surprised you have not got a purple star for this lens.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on October 07, 2012:

What a great lens. Never heard of pumpkin beer before!

clouda9 lm on October 01, 2012:

McMenamin's (http://www.mcmenamins.com/) here in the NW is one of our fave places to go for seasonal beers...their twist on autumn and pumpkins is not to be missed.

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

Well ... I'm not a beer drinker, but my honey is. I'll have to show him this lens as I'm sure he'd like to make beer at some point. Our neighbor down the street brews his own beer; I tried it and it was rather smooth and tasty. Perhaps because it was flavored with raspberry -- and I'm a "fruity" kinda gal. Thanks for sharing all these recipes. A lot of time went into developing this lens!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@LaraineRoses: Thanks so much Loraine for the blessing. I hope you have great luck with your pumpkin brew!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@DarrenVeronica: Thanks for the visit.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@kate-cleary3: Didn't know Cortland made pumpkin beer. When I lived in upstate New York I never saw any. I will look into it. Glad you had success with your homemade brew.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@Melissa Miotke: I'm from Hawaii and I love beer too.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@LizardKing3: Glad you like it

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@Ardyn25: Try them sometime. You may be surprised.

DarrenVeronica on September 22, 2012:

Woah - what an awesome lens. Pumpkin beer looks, sounds and reads great, I gotta try it one day - Darren

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on September 21, 2012:

Pumpkin beer sounds awesome! Amazing lens!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 17, 2012:

I've used pumpkin in many recipes but never had pumpkin beer. It certainly sounds like it would be good. Our pumpkins didn't grow very big this year for some reason but we have quite a few so I'll see what pumpkin beer tastes like. Angel blessings!

kate-cleary3 on September 13, 2012:

Made like 15 kegs of pumpkin beer last year. Sold pretty well, you should put Cortland Beer Company in upstate NY on your list.

Sarah Switalski from Iowa on September 12, 2012:

Not sure I can brew my own beer but I'm looking forward to trying some recipes with pumpkin beer. I love fall! :)

anonymous on September 12, 2012:

My dad has a home brewing kit. I'll have to tell about pumpkin beer, he might like it. I might too!

Great lens

anonymous on September 12, 2012:

My dad has a home brewing kit. I'll have to tell about pumpkin beer, he might like it. I might too!

Great lens

awesomedealz4u on September 10, 2012:

Love pumpkin beer! Great lens!

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on September 10, 2012:

I've never tried pumpkin beer before but I'm sure I'd love it. Being from WI I love beer:)

LizardKing3 on September 09, 2012:

Pumpkin beer is so good!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 08, 2012:

@mbgphoto: Thanks so much for the Squid Blessing! I really appreciate your continued support.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 08, 2012:

@Jefff Molnar: Thank you so much for the Squid blessing and good luck with your pumpkin beer!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 08, 2012:

@TaraWojt: Hope you like them.

Ardyn25 on September 06, 2012:

Awesome lens...I've never heard of pumpkin beer. But, the bread looks so good!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 06, 2012:

@crstnblue: Nice to "see" you again. Thanks so much for stopping by

Tara Wojtaszek on September 05, 2012:

I love anything pumpkin. Can't wait to try this.

coolmon2009 lm on August 31, 2012:

Haven't heard of pumpkin beer, sounds interesting

Jeff Molnar from New Jersey on August 31, 2012:

I love this lens. I brew my own and never made a pumpkin beer. I am going to give it a whirl this fall. Blessed!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on August 29, 2012:

@SciTechEditorDave: Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on August 27, 2012:

Very interesting. Blessed

BuckHawkcenter on August 27, 2012:

The Squid Angel Bus Tour was getting a little thirsty so it stopped by. Now it's hungry too!

crstnblue on August 24, 2012:

Wonderful lens, informative, great photos and soooo tempting! :)

David Gardner from San Francisco Bay Area, California on August 15, 2012:

Heh! Sounds like it's good brew! Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

mrsclaus411 on June 06, 2012:

I didn't know you can make ice cream out of it too. That's great!

grainne on December 09, 2011:

Nice looking Brewing Blog! I don't think that i have ever seen more beautiful blog on brewing on squidoo before this. this was absolutely immaculate in both looks and user values. I loved the reading of this lens. Keep sharing more information on Home Brew Ireland.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on December 02, 2011:

@anonymous: Was hoping to here how it turned out.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on December 02, 2011:

@tvyps: Thanks so very much for the blessing!

agent009 on November 28, 2011:

I've had the bottled kinds, not a big fan of pumpkin itself but the beer tastes pretty darn good!

TrentAdamsCA on November 25, 2011:

Great background on this -- I enjoy learning the history behind traditions. I'm hoping more people become inspired to to reduce waste and include more homemade foods. I agree about freshly ground nutmeg -- it's *so* good. The pumpkin beer bread and biscuit recipes look delicious!

TrentAdamsCA on November 25, 2011:

Great background on this -- I enjoy learning the history behind traditions. I'm hoping more people become inspired to to reduce waste and include more homemade foods. I agree about freshly ground nutmeg -- it's *so* good. The pumpkin beer bread and biscuit recipes look delicious!

sidther lm on November 24, 2011:

This is so cool! I will definitely have to try making Pumpkin beer and the biscuits!

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on November 23, 2011:

Nicely done! I caught the "Dudette" comment twice, that is something I would say, haha. Squid Angel blessed & Happy Thanksgiving!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on November 21, 2011:

The pumpkin beer biscuits sound very interesting. You were very innovative to use the beer this way. :)

anonymous on November 07, 2011:

Brewed the pumpkin beer recipe on this page 3 weeks ago, and bottled it last week. Tasted it prematurely yesterday, and it's going to be very good! Has a nice orange / reddish color, and I left out the vanilla and the pie spices, and doubled the Hallertauer hops. You can smell / taste the pumpkin aroma without it being too sweet. Giving it until Thanksgiving, and then I'll be opening it!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on October 24, 2011:

@Nancy Hardin: Thank's so much for the blessing! It is such a nice surprise!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on October 22, 2011:

In my old age (72), your lens just taught me something new! This lens about pumpkin beer is wonderful, and I love the recipes using it too. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

cdiaz1971 on October 10, 2011:

Great info. Love the great taste of a good pumpkin beer in the fall.

anonymous on October 09, 2011:

Amazing lens! Thanks for introducing pumpkin beer and cheers! :)

HowToKeg on October 06, 2011:

That is not bad idea to brew some pumpkin beer for thanksgiving. Would be fun. Not sure why it didn't cross my mind until now lol.

feliciasfavs on October 01, 2011:

I heard of many types of beer but not made with pumpkins and it's nutritous too!

VarietyWriter2 on September 28, 2011:

Nice lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 15, 2011:

@sudokunut: I must admit that I prefer baking with it. I like having one or two for the season, but then I'm ready to go back to regular beer. On the other hand, I have had home brew pumpkin beer that is really good. Much better than the commercial grade. Like you I am always willing to try a new flavor and a new pumpkin beer!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 15, 2011:

@WhiteOak50: Thank you much for the Squid Angel blessing it really means a lot!

BrewerGuy17 on September 14, 2011:

This is perfect - I've been looking for a beer to brew this fall - Thanks for the for the recipe - I'll let you know how it turns out!

WhiteOak50 on September 14, 2011:

With Autumn being this SquidAngel's FAVORITE season ever, I am flying by your lens because it is related to Autumn. With that being said, I am leaving you with a SquidAngel Blessing and Best Wishes for a Fantastic Autumn Season!!

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on August 30, 2011:

I've never had pumpkin beer but I'm always willing to try new flavors.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on August 23, 2011:

I really love the sound of pumpkin beer bread and biscuits!! Beer, not so much. :))

Thanks for stopping by my scary book lens and leaving a comment.

Nicole from Bethel, CT on August 22, 2011:

If I could like this lens a million times I would! LOVE pumpkin flavors...its just about that time too :)

RecipePublishing on August 11, 2011:

This looked yummy

This looked yummy!

jenvogie on August 07, 2011:

I'm not much for beer but, I really want to try this.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on August 01, 2011:

We grow a lot of pumpkins in the area - odd I'd never heard of pumpkin beer -:)

HorseAndPony LM on July 29, 2011:

I would love to try pumpkin beer. The ice cream sounds amazing. I don't think I will make it but I will try to find it this fall.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on November 23, 2010:

@JimHofman: Everyone should check out this lens. The Glogg is great!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on November 14, 2010:

To Both Kims - Hi glad to "see" you guys again. I don't know about Trader Joe's as we don't have one in our area yet. Most beer stores carry it at this time of the year.

kimmanleyort on November 14, 2010:

I probably wouldn't make pumpkin beer but I would definitely try it. The bread sounds delicious. I am off to Trader Joes this morning, so will look for some pumpkin beer .

JimHofman on October 26, 2010:

What a fun lens! We love pumpkin beer and now want to try your recipes. You might enjoy our lens on the winter warmer "Glogg". Cheers!

KimGiancaterino on October 07, 2010:

Trader Joe's usually has pumpkin beer this time of year. I will have to try your bread and biscuit recipes!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on September 25, 2010:

Very interesting. I've never heard of pumpkin beer.

anonymous on September 24, 2010:

Pumpkin beer might be delicious ,we find pumpkin in many dishes and I like pumpkin curry.

LotusMalas on September 18, 2010:

Not only did this lens make me want to go out and get some pumpkin beer pront - it also made me hungry! :-)

Straightening-Iron on May 21, 2010:

Excellent Lens!! I enjoyed reading it.

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LadyFlashman from United Kingdom on April 28, 2010:

Ooh I like this! Great for Halloween, I will pass this on!

Mahogany LM on April 01, 2010:

My goodness, what does it say about me that I've never heard of pumpkin beer before? And with it being such a seasonal/American thing, hmm, wonder when I'd actually get my chance to try it out. (Maybe getting one of those home brewing kits is in order) :). Anyhoo, your lens was a great introduction June, thanks for putting it together!

BodySculpter on November 16, 2009:

I have never cared for pumpkin beer. The ones I have tried were to sweet, but I never thought to use it in bread recipes. I copied the recipes you have here and will try them.

eccles1 on November 14, 2009:

What a beautiful delicious Lens !

Happy Thanksgiving

enslavedbyfaeries on November 06, 2009:

I've never tried pumpkin beer, but it sounds interesting, especially at this time of year! Very clever lens. I love it!!

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