I posted about pumpkin last year and suggested why bother with it in the first place since most beers get their pumpkin-like flavors from spices and additives. Recently a homebrewer conducted an experiment and basically found it didn’t matter one way or the other which is something I have been advocating for years. Last night I had two pumpkin beers, one which was heavily spiced with a harsh clove/allspice aftertaste and the second which had an overwhelming presence of vanilla in the aftertaste. Both needed work and neither showcased any pumpkin. If you peeled away the spices you would be left with beer which you could not identify as pumpkin so just spice your homebrew or craft beer with pumpkin pie spice and save yourself all the trouble.

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