Memphis Picks For Local Pumpkin Beer

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 5th 2018 2376 0

Ed. Note: Happy Monday, Memphis! Resident beer expert Blake is a big fan of pumpkin beer, and he’s got a quick rundown of the best places to get some in town. Got other suggestions? Leave ’em in the comments. (It doesn’t even necessarily need to be strictly local beer)

Leaves are turning, fall has arrived (finally!) and local pumpkin beers are making a big splash in the Bluff City. Here are three gourd brews that the Great Pumpkin would be mighty proud of. 

(In no particular order)

Ghost River’s Ghostly Gourd (6.4% ABV)

Ghost River’s 2-year taproom anniversary party on Nov. 3 included a special tapping of this pumpkin beer, which Ghost River has never done before!  This beer is super malty with a lot of pumpkin flavor, which is perfect for fall Memphis days. They did a small batch, so it’s available for a short time only. (Pictured at the top of the page, photo courtesy of Ghost River.)

High Cotton’s “Pumpkin Wit” (5% ABV)

Head brewer Paul Cottam has brewed a fantastic Pumpkin Saison in previous years, but this year he went for a Wit beer, with a taste of real pumpkin, not a load of pumpkin spice.  He used over 200lbs of pumpkin, butternut squash and acorn squash to make this tasty treat. The Pumpkin Wit is bright and crisp, with a subtle pumpkin presence without overwhelming anyone who has had too much pumpkin pie in their lifetime. Available now in the High Cotton taproom and a few locations around town while it lasts.

Bosco’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Porter (6.3% ABV)

Am I in heaven?  This sounds like the beer pumpkin beer lovers dream of.  Head Brewer Adam Hargrove continues to knock it out of the park in 2018 with his latest creation, a 6.3% beer that they casked up this week and will be released in around two weeks. I cannot wait for this beer to be in my Boscos mug ready to be enjoyed. I’m expecting sweet, dark and full of pumpkin-y goodness. While mentioning Boscos, I should mention that new mug club memberships will be open to the public for purchase on Friday, November 16th at 11 a.m.  I recommend getting there early.


About the Author
Blake Marcum was born and raised in the 901 and now lives in Midtown, helping people vicariously live out their dreams on social media, if those dreams involve beer and barbecue.  He’s a contributor to I Love Memphis,Memphis Travel, and MemphisCraftBeer.com.  A Grand Champion of BBQ Fest (2013) and BBQ judge, he really knows BBQ. Pairing that with his love of craft beer, he’s a great representative of the fun side of the Bluff City.  Blake loves the investment going into Memphis and believes the best is yet to come. Follow him on Twitter at@blakeandbrew.


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