8 Ways to Eat Your Pumpkin Beer This Season

Brooke Newberry
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Enjoy cooking with beer? Try switching it up with pumpkin beer in your next recipe. Pumpkin beer arrives this season in an array of beer styles, so it’s just a matter of choosing the style of beer that works best with the recipe. Of course, choose not to dump in a pumpkin-infused beer if a hint of fall’s favorite squash will hinder the recipe. 

Why cook or bake with beer in the first place? Beer will add a rich, earthy flavor to soups and stews. The hops and malt found in beer will impart a very subtle sweetness that complements meat dishes, and the yeast in beer can lift the texture of baked goods while adding an element of depth.

Try substituting pumpkin beer for the regular stuff in soups, stews, meat brines, baked goods and any slow-cook recipes that you may have ready for fall that require boozing.

  • Making a beer and cheese soup? Pour in the pumpkin lager. Use a soup recipe that incorporates white cheddar and rustic herbs, like thyme.
  • Make a beer float with pumpkin stout. Try it with chocolate or butter pecan ice cream, or go pumpkin on pumpkin.
  • Use pumpkin beer for this sweet potato, black bean and beer chili recipe that requests 1 cup of suds. You could also sub out the sweet potatoes for actual pumpkin, if desired. 
  • Rub a flank steak with salt and pepper, place in the slow cooker, and cover in pumpkin beer. Cook  6-8 hours on low. Serve in tortillas and garnish with cilantro.
  • Look at this recipe for pumpkin beer cheesecake.
  • Follow the instructions on the back of a yellow cake mix recipe, but substitute 1 cup canned pumpkin and ¾ cup pumpkin ale for the required amounts of oil and water. Use the original amount of eggs called for on box, and add some cinnamon.
  • Gramercy Tavern’s famous gingerbread recipe calls for 1 cup Guiness or oatmeal stout. Sub in a pumpkin porter or pumpkin stout. We also reduce the white sugar by 1/3 cup.
  • Pumpkin and chocolate also work really well together, so try substituting a pumpkin stout in a chocolate cake recipe that calls for Guinness or any other stout.  Add in a few of these baking spices if the recipe doesn’t call for any. 
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