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Happy Hour: Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

Happy Hour: Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

These days, my street isn't the only thing covered with pumpkins; so is my kitchen. I've been using the gourds in everything from moist pumpkin bread to chicken pumpkin stew, and so I decided it was high time I enjoyed it in ale form, too. Although it's believed early American icons like George Washington and Ben Franklin enjoyed pumpkin ales, one Bay Area craft brewhouse, Buffalo Bill's, brought the beer back into vogue when it became known for its special blend in the 1980s.The whisky-colored amber ale ($7.99 for six), which is brewed with fresh roasted pumpkins and malted barley, possesses only a delicate squash flavor, but has lingering pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg that become more prominent as the beer warms. Because it doesn't have a malty flavor or the bitter taste of hops, Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin a great find for people who aren't that into traditional beer. What's your favorite Fall ale?

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Annoyed. I love pumpkin ale but the bevmos start moving out the fall beers even before Halloween ends! Now all I see are the "seasonal winter" brews. Boo!
Food Food 7 years
suziryder, I found it at Whole Foods!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Oo, that sounds really yummy! I'll buy some if I ever see it!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
I really like Shipyard's Pumpkinhead. It has a pretty strong nutmeg flavor.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 7 years
So glad you wrote about Bill's! They are one of my favorite local restaurants. The pumpkin is good, but I LOVE the orange blossom in the summer time. It's a great one for beer wimps like me.
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