October 01, 2020

Pumpkin and Fall-Flavored Beers to Sip this Season from Greater Cincinnati Breweries

The autumnal season is officially upon us, and the flavors of fall have arrived — in coffees, in baked goods and, of course, in our frosty brews. Local breweries are ready to usher in changing leaves, campfires and spooky season with seasonal sippers perfect for cozying up next to a fire. From the infamous — and controversial — pumpkin spice, to other fall flavors like candied pecan and s'mores, here are a few options to get you in a festive fall spirit.
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SATURDAY OCT. 3
Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale Tapping at Braxton Brewing Co.
Braxton Brewing Co, and Graeter's have once again teamed up for a sweet seasonal beer release: Grater's Pumpkin Pie Ale. The beer, inspired by the scoop shop's Pumpkin Pie ice cream flavor, is brewed with fresh pumpkins, lactose and pumpkin pie spices. The brewery says, "Notes of golden brown pie crust are created by brown sugar and a combination of malts, making this beer an ode to a timeless harvest staple and your favorite flavors of fall." The brewery will be celebrating the limited seasonal release with a Pumpkin Pie Ale tapping at the Covington taproom at noon on Oct. 3. They'll also be dishing out various flavors of Graeter's ice cream. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com.
Photo: Provided by Braxton Brewing Co.

SATURDAY OCT. 3

Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale Tapping at Braxton Brewing Co.
Braxton Brewing Co, and Graeter's have once again teamed up for a sweet seasonal beer release: Grater's Pumpkin Pie Ale. The beer, inspired by the scoop shop's Pumpkin Pie ice cream flavor, is brewed with fresh pumpkins, lactose and pumpkin pie spices. The brewery says, "Notes of golden brown pie crust are created by brown sugar and a combination of malts, making this beer an ode to a timeless harvest staple and your favorite flavors of fall." The brewery will be celebrating the limited seasonal release with a Pumpkin Pie Ale tapping at the Covington taproom at noon on Oct. 3. They'll also be dishing out various flavors of Graeter's ice cream. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com.
Photo: Provided by Braxton Brewing Co.
Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale at Braxton Brewing Co.
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co, and Graeter's have once again teamed up for a sweet seasonal beer release: Graeter's Pumpkin Pie Ale. The beer, inspired by the scoop shop's Pumpkin Pie ice cream flavor, is brewed with fresh pumpkins, lactose and pumpkin pie spices. The brewery says, "Notes of golden brown pie crust are created by brown sugar and a combination of malts, making this beer an ode to a timeless harvest staple and your favorite flavors of fall."
Photo: Provided by Braxton Brewing Co.

Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale at Braxton Brewing Co.

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co, and Graeter's have once again teamed up for a sweet seasonal beer release: Graeter's Pumpkin Pie Ale. The beer, inspired by the scoop shop's Pumpkin Pie ice cream flavor, is brewed with fresh pumpkins, lactose and pumpkin pie spices. The brewery says, "Notes of golden brown pie crust are created by brown sugar and a combination of malts, making this beer an ode to a timeless harvest staple and your favorite flavors of fall."
Photo: Provided by Braxton Brewing Co.
The Great Pumpcan from MadTree
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
Back on tap, this pumpkin brew is a “delicious ale full of spice and flavor perfect for autumn.”
Photo: facebook.com/MadTreeTaproom

The Great Pumpcan from MadTree

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
Back on tap, this pumpkin brew is a “delicious ale full of spice and flavor perfect for autumn.”
Photo: facebook.com/MadTreeTaproom
Home Sweet Home from Fifty West Brewing Co.
7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
A seasonal fall brew, Home Sweet Home features “sweet potato, molasses, cinnamon, toasted pecans, and vanilla beans for a toasty and perfectly spiced nod to Mom's Sweet Potato Pie.”
Photo: facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany

Home Sweet Home from Fifty West Brewing Co.

7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
A seasonal fall brew, Home Sweet Home features “sweet potato, molasses, cinnamon, toasted pecans, and vanilla beans for a toasty and perfectly spiced nod to Mom's Sweet Potato Pie.”
Photo: facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany
Blumpkin Black Pumpkin Ale from Darkness Brewing
224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
That's right, y'all: Blumpkin season is back. For all you folks who spent a little too much time on Urban Dictionary growing up, get your mind out of the damn gutter: We're talking about the seasonal black pumpkin ale from Bellevue's Darkness Brewing! The 7.1% black pumpkin ale is brewed with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice from Colonel De’s Gourmet Herbs & Spices.
Photo: facebook.com/darknessbrewing

Blumpkin Black Pumpkin Ale from Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
That's right, y'all: Blumpkin season is back. For all you folks who spent a little too much time on Urban Dictionary growing up, get your mind out of the damn gutter: We're talking about the seasonal black pumpkin ale from Bellevue's Darkness Brewing! The 7.1% black pumpkin ale is brewed with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice from Colonel De’s Gourmet Herbs & Spices.
Photo: facebook.com/darknessbrewing
Cheating the Gallows Pumpkin Ale from Bad Tom Smith
5900 Madison Road, Madisonville
This 6.2% ABV brew features nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice with roasted malt and vanilla. The brewery says it’s “a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.” 
Photo: Provided by Bad Tom Smith

Cheating the Gallows Pumpkin Ale from Bad Tom Smith

5900 Madison Road, Madisonville
This 6.2% ABV brew features nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice with roasted malt and vanilla. The brewery says it’s “a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.”
Photo: Provided by Bad Tom Smith
Pumpkin Ale from Wooden Cask Brewing Co.
629 York St., Newport
Wooden Cask says this 6.1% ABV brew features more than 25 pounds of pumpkin puree and 12 pounds of molasses. It’s finished with pumpkin pie spices. Photo: facebook.com/WoodenCask

Pumpkin Ale from Wooden Cask Brewing Co.

629 York St., Newport
Wooden Cask says this 6.1% ABV brew features more than 25 pounds of pumpkin puree and 12 pounds of molasses. It’s finished with pumpkin pie spices.
Photo: facebook.com/WoodenCask
Jack-O-Pumpkin Ale from Sam Adams
Find it at your local store
Cincinnati-based brewery Samuel Adams has released their fall Jack-O Pumpkin ale just in time for the season. The limited release brew features aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg and is available at dozens of area stores.
Photo: facebook.com/SamAdamsCincy

Jack-O-Pumpkin Ale from Sam Adams

Find it at your local store
Cincinnati-based brewery Samuel Adams has released their fall Jack-O Pumpkin ale just in time for the season. The limited release brew features aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg and is available at dozens of area stores.
Photo: facebook.com/SamAdamsCincy
S’more Gratitude from MadTree
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
This seasonal chocolate vanilla porter is a collab with local Grateful Grahams vegan graham cracker company. Inspired by the flavor of s’mores, the brew features vanilla beans, lactose, cocoa powder and cacao nibs for “all the goodness with a lot less mess” than the traditional campfire treat.
Photo: facebook.com/MadTree

S’more Gratitude from MadTree

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
This seasonal chocolate vanilla porter is a collab with local Grateful Grahams vegan graham cracker company. Inspired by the flavor of s’mores, the brew features vanilla beans, lactose, cocoa powder and cacao nibs for “all the goodness with a lot less mess” than the traditional campfire treat.
Photo: facebook.com/MadTree
Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie Ale at Taft’s Brewing Co.
Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine; Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
Cincinnati's Taft's Brewing Co. and local diner chain Frisch's Big Boy have collaborated on an autumn essential (for pumpkin spice lovers).  The Frisch's Pumpkin Pie Ale made its debut on Aug. 11 and is now available at all Taft's locations and in stores. The brew features hints of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, plus vanilla and lactose for a decadent and creamy flavor. 
Frisch's Pumpkin Pie is a regional classic for Thanksgiving dinners, and this flavorful merge will no doubt sell out quickly. According to a response comment made by Taft's on their Facebook page, "You should still see (the beer) in early fall if it's not all purchased by then!"
Photo: Provided by Taft’s Brewing Co.

Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie Ale at Taft’s Brewing Co.

Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine; Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
Cincinnati's Taft's Brewing Co. and local diner chain Frisch's Big Boy have collaborated on an autumn essential (for pumpkin spice lovers). The Frisch's Pumpkin Pie Ale made its debut on Aug. 11 and is now available at all Taft's locations and in stores. The brew features hints of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, plus vanilla and lactose for a decadent and creamy flavor. Frisch's Pumpkin Pie is a regional classic for Thanksgiving dinners, and this flavorful merge will no doubt sell out quickly. According to a response comment made by Taft's on their Facebook page, "You should still see (the beer) in early fall if it's not all purchased by then!"
Photo: Provided by Taft’s Brewing Co.