Like football and fleece, pumpkin beer is an autumnal rite. A handful of national breweries dominate the market, and most people splurge on, say, the Pumking Imperial Ale from Southern Tier. But before you grab that pricey four-pack, consider one of Rhode Island’s masterful pumpkin-flavored brews. With their imaginative ingredients and clever names, these beers riff on the traditional flavors – and offer a crisp new experience.
Maker: Whalers Brewing Company
Description: With its built-in hashtag, #PumpkinBeer is ever-ready to be shared. The Whalers staff recommends pairing it with a donut, preferably from Sweet Cakes, a bakery down the street from the brewery.
Name: Gourds Gone Wild
Maker: Smug Brewing
Description: All the fall ingredients
are here, including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. But there’s also a touch on vanilla, making the brew sweet and smooth.
Name: Blood Orange Bushido Ale
Maker: Revival Brewing Company
Description: An inventive blend of ginger, lemongrass, pumpkin, and blood oranges, Bushido also uses the same yeast as sake rice wine, hence the reference to the Japanese honor system. This one is usually available year-round.