Six of the Best Locally Brewed Pumpkin Beers
Six Row's Punktoberfest. | Pat Kohm
The Brewery: Six Row Brewing Company (3690 Forest Park Avenue; 314-531-5600)
The Beer: "Punktoberfest"
The Basics: Six Row's pumpkin beer, like many beers, has its origins in a "Why the hell not?" kind of moment. After brewing last year's Oktoberfest, a suggestion arose that pumpkin spice should be added and then thrown into a cask, you know, just to see what would happen. It worked out pretty well. This year, Six Row switched to an Oktoberfest ale, added the spices (no actual pumpkins were used), including cinnamon, ginger and allspice (a very small berry) -- in fact, it's more of a dry-hop. At 5.5 percent ABV, the final product is a light, crisp beer with a red, copper coloring and easy finish. Last we heard, it was on tap at Market Pub House and Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.
The Brewery: O'Fallon Brewery (26 West Industrial Drive, St. Charles; 636-474-2337)
Drinking O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale out on the town. | Zach Garrison
The Beer: Pumpkin Beer
The Basics: Out west just a little ways, O'Fallon Brewery has been producing quality beers since 2000 and recently announced a much-anticipated expansion for the near future. Along with O'Fallon's regular lineup, one of its most popular seasonal beers is the pumpkin ale. Precisely 136 pumpkins go into this popular brew, and with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices thrown in, it's like a liquid slice of pumpkin pie. The ABV is a smooth 5.6 percent, making for a very drinkable, easy beer. Pick it up at the brewery, in stores (in cans for the first time) and at many fine bars.