A Look At The History Of Pumpkin Beer In America

Beer is typically brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast with little variance. At one point in American history, though, the need for an beer-like beverage out-weighed the interest in keeping with the German Purity law of hops, malt, water and yeast; if we can assume that the Reinheitsgebot was ever a English Value, which history (and beers like the Porter) tell us it was.

When Western Europeans first came to America – most famously, the Pilgrims – there was no wheat to be harvested for malt, but there was still a thirst and even a need for an alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages have always been more than just an inebriating substance. They’re a portable source of nutrients and water that can be saved and stored and traveled with over seas or over land. Beer, or something similar, is present nearly everywhere civilization is present, since somewhere around 15,000 – 10,000 BC, and maybe even earlier in our history.

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Fast forward several thousand years and the pumpkin makes it’s appearance in the hearts, history and minds of modern day Americans in the first Thanksgiving Feast; corn, beans, gourds like squash and pumpkin, and of course turkey and other wild game were present; here pumpkin makes it’s appearance, but it’s not yet seen for the juicy fermentable sugar source that it is. The Puritans, after all, were puritans. They did not fancy alcoholic, inebriating substances.

Or did they? Sure, common knowledge assumes the Puritans probably abstained from alcoholic beverage, but second inspection reveals that alcoholic beverages may have been the absolute best and most useful beverage available. It’s a matter of survival that over-rules the teetotaler mindset and inspires nearly all civilized groups, big and small, to devote some of their labor force to brewing.

So this Fall get in touch with the historical necessity of drinking pumpkin beer as a substitute for water, breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the next month or so, if your boss asks why you’re consuming a pumpkin beer for lunch, you’ve got a perfectly reasonable answer. Your welcome.

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A few pumpkin beers to try:
NODA GORDGEOUS PUMPKIN ALE
CATAWBA KING DON’S PUMPKIN ALE
DOGFISH HEAD PUNKIN ALE
NEW BELGIUM ATOMIC PUMPKIN
SOUTHERN TIER PUMPKING
MYSTERY DROMGOOLE

Want to get a mixed variety of Pumpkin and German beers for yourself? Go ahead and schedule a delivery for Oktoberfest by clicking below.

Cheers,
David at BREWPUBLIK

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