Maggie Walters

Calendars have been flipped to the month of September, and for the continental U.S. this means all things pumpkin! In this season of all things orange and nutmeg, one category for us at Colonial shines above the rest: pumpkin beer! Here are three brews we’re featuring during this festive season and we hope you’re just as excited about them as we are!


This is one of the most popular beers of this style, asked for again and again every year, and just downright glugable! Schlafly describes this beer as very balanced, “with notes of caramel and ginger throughout. Fermented in pounds of fresh pumpkin squash and a brewer’s wort and sugar mix before being filtered through a spiced infusion of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, it turns out exactly how we intend it to taste: like a slice of pie in a bottle”. If you’re looking for an all time classic favorite, look no further!



New Belgium calls this their “spicy release”, and brewed with habaneros it’s no wonder why! This is a beer for all of you hot pepper lovers out there!! The name carries New Belgium’s concept of wanting to create a pumpkin beer off the beaten track. They describe it as, “Does it really feature Habanero peppers? Yep! What about Saigon Cinnamon? Ding! I round it all out with a hearty malt bill that makes for a spicy brew that puts the “Fun” back in Pumpkin”. This pumpkin beer is going to be the heartiest in the lineup. You’ll get classic notes of pumpkin pie on the front of the palate, followed by a delicious spicy pepper note that lingers on your tongue!


“Smooth and not overly sweet, this is the pumpkin ale for beer lovers. A balance of malt, roasted pumpkin, and spices provide a brilliant copper color and medium body. Skip the pie for a pint.”– Mother’s Brewery. If you want to opt for the liquid version of pumpkin pie for your breakfast and/or dessert needs, this is your beer! This is the perfect balance of sweet and spice in your glass.