‘Tis the season for pumpkin beer

Cheers, friends. Did you know today is National Drink a Beer Day? Have at it – might I suggest a pumpkin beer to celebrate? Here's an ode to my favorite seasonal – and an overview of local breweries that produce some great gourdy brews.

As soon as the freakish late September heat wave subsides, the air will be crisp, smoke from fireplaces will waft by during cool evenings walks, and the spicy notes and pleasant heaviness of a fine pumpkin beer will at last be appreciated.

A real New England autumn will be here before we know it. These Connecticut craft breweries have pumpkin beers for when you're ready to truly enjoy the warmth that a beer brewed with cinnamon and cloves and vanilla and, of course, pumpkin, brings.

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Roadsmary's Baby is always an autumnal hit. Photo: "Halloween Beer, Roadsmary's Baby" by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Roadsmary's Baby – Two Roads Brewing Company

This is one of my all-time favorite seasonal beers. It's aged in a rum barrel for depth and complexity. It is delicious. Here are some reviews on Untappd. Two Roads also brews Roadsmary's Other Baby, aged in hand selected Caribbean rum barrels (Untappd reviews here). You can try both at the upcoming Roadsmary's Baby Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 21!

Positively Pumpkin – Half Full Brewery

I'm going to be honest and say Roadsmary's Baby is the only pumpkin beer on this list that I've tried so far, so I consider it a challenge to taste all Positively Pumpkin and all that follows by Halloween. Since you can't take my word for it, check out the reviews on Untappd. Better yet, try some yourself at Half Full's CanTober Fest, coming up Saturday!

Who know such gourds could make such great beer? Photo: "Pumpkins" by I, DL is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Lock-O-Lantern – Lock City Brewing Company

This imperial pumpkin ale clocks in at 10% ABV. Forget pumpkin pie – you can just drink a pint of this to round out your Thanksgiving Day meal. Here's what people are saying on Untappd.

Jack'd Up Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Veracious Brewing Company

This pumpkin beer features an English ale as a base. Veracious describes it on its site as a "lightly spiced" Harvest ale, and it has pretty consistent ratings on Untappd.

Obligatory puking pumpkin photo. Photo: "Drunk Pumpkin" by Insomnia Cured Here is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Dark Pumpkin Porter – Thimble Island Brewing Company

A malty porter tinged with the sweetness of pumpkin sounds like a winning combinations. Take a look at what people are saying on Untappd.

What's your favorite pumpkin beer? Am I missing any CT brews? Let me know in the comments! 

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