ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.
Welp, it’s fall y’all.
And with that, here’s a quick look at all of the pumpkin beers from Pittsburgh breweries. In case you missed it, we also put together a roundup of Oktoberfest beers from local breweries.
ABV, volume LXXXVII
Locally-Brewed Pumpkin Beers, Available Now in Pittsburgh
East End Brewing // Larimer
Beer Name: Nunkin Ale
ABV: 7.9% ABV
Know Before You Go: What East End calls their barrel aged “pumpkin” ale is Nunkin, a pumpkin-flavored beer that contains no actual pumpkin in it. Also – heads up – this is a strong ale. Weighing in at 7.9% ABV, it’s a boozy beer that’s been aged in barrels.
Inner Groove // Verona
Know Before You Go: Hallowed Ground will be released on Oct. 2. Inner Groove has done several collaboration beers with Oakmont Bakery. Their taproom is open and they have a food truck on-site most days. Follow @InnerGrooveBrewing on Instagram for updates.
Roundabout Brewery // Lawrenceville
Beer Name: Jacked Up O’Lantern Stout
ABV: 5.2% ABV
Know Before You Go: The Roundabout Brewery in Lawrenceville is only open for to-go orders. If you want to sit down for a socially distanced beer, check out the Roundabout Pop-Up located along the bike trail in the Manchester neighborhood.
Spoonwood Brewing // Bethel Park
Beer: Cinnamon Ghoul
Know Before You Go: Spoonwood has both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a takeout menu for food and beer.
This is a ghoul’s night out. Cinnamon Ghoul (5.9%) is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh ginger, vanilla beans, and pumpkin purée. We’re open 4-10PM. Call 412-833-0333 for waitlist seating or order online for food & beer to go. #PumpkinSpice pic.twitter.com/b2bpEMZp39
— Spoonwood Brewing (@SpoonwoodBrewin) September 29, 2020
Leaning Cask // Springdale
Beer Name: Pumpkin Bay Retriever
ABV: 9.2% ABV
Know Before You Go: Just a short drive down Route 28 and you will arrive in Springdale, a little borough that sits along the Allegheny River. Located on Pittsburgh Street in the heart of Springdale, Leaning Cask specializes in English style beers and they love dogs.
North Country // Slippery Rock
Beer Name: Late Night Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 6.1% ABV
Know Before You Go: Located in Slippery Rock, North Country Brewing is located in a historic building that comes with its own spooky story. The building once belonged to a coffin maker.
Invisible Man Brewing // Greensburg
Know Before You Go: If you are making a trip to Greensburg, make a stop at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art where admission is always free.
Aurochs Brewing // Emsworth
Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Know Before You Go: The Pumpkin Ale sells out pretty quickly. Keep an eye on Aurochs Brewing’s social media for updates. Did you know Aurochs Brewing is gluten free? We stopped by Aurochs last summer to learn more about their process.
Southern Tier // North Shore
Beer Name: Pumking
ABV: 8.6% ABV
Know Before You Go: Although Pittsburghers were enjoying Pumking before Southern Tier built a Pittsburgh outpost (their New York brewery has distributed to Pennsylvania for years), locals can now enjoy a Pittsburgh-brewed, pumpkin pie flavored OG Pumking from Southern Tier.
Penn Brewery // Northside
Beer Name: Pumpkin Roll Ale
ABV: 6% ABV
Know Before You Go: If you’re looking to scoop up ANY Penn Brewery beers – including the Pumpkin Roll Ale – turn to a distributor. Their Northside brewery and taproom are currently closed due to COVID, but they are sending the in-house beers to the grocery stores and distributors they work with.
Some other fall beers to try
Abjuration Brewing // McKees Rocks
Beer Name: Apple Pie Milkshake Ale
ABV: 5.5% ABV
Know Before You Go: For our friends who aren’t down with the pumpkin stuff, we’re throwing in an honorable mention. Abjuration’s Apple Pie Milkshake Ale is a perfect fall (seasonal) beer, sans pumpkin. Per Abjuration, this beer is NOT subtle. Expect heavy apple pie and vanilla aroma AND flavor. Two feet on the gas.
Spring Hill Brewing // Spring Hill
Beer Name: Fall Afternoon
Know Before You Go: While Fall Afternoon is not a pumpkin beer, it is named for the season and Spring Hill Brewing offers a lovely space for a fall picnic. The other reason Spring Hill Brewing makes this list is that it is located in a haunted building. Take a look at our video to learn more about the brewery and the building.
A special thanks to the Pittsburgh Beer Ladies for helping with this list.