It’s almost Halloween and we’ve got our pumpkins- and our pumpkin beer- ready!
Jack says, “Hi I’m Jack from Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and today we are brewing our pumpkin beer. The first part of making a pumpkin beer here at Jack’s Abby is to source the pumpkins- so we go through Volante Farms in Needham and they found a local farm to provide sugar pumpkins for us. We then take them into the brewery and throw them into our wood-fired oven. They cook at 700 degrees, they caramelized, and then once they’re all cooked we puree them before we throw them into the brewing equipment.
What makes this beer unique is that, while we do have some spices in it, it’s very subtle- we let the pumpkin flesh really come through. It’s sweet, caramelized, as if you were making pumpkin bread at your house. Brewing pumpkin beer every year is an absolute labor of love because it’s not easy to process 10 pounds of pumpkin for every single barrel of beer. We’re doing 50 barrels of beer, that means we needed 500 pounds of pumpkins. So because of these challenged involved in making an actual pumpkin beer here at the brewery this is only available in very limited quantities- so come on down to the brewery, it’s the only place you’re gonna be able to get real pumpkin beer.”