Which pumpkin stout beers are there
The wild brews - beer experiences beyond the mainstream
Creative brewers don't shy away from particularly unusual beer ingredients. While pumpkins, chocolate and cold-brewed coffee are still among the harmless finesse, the really wild brews with sheep's heads, algae or octopus are considered real taste adventures in the scene.
Anyone who rummages in beer shops and online shops during Advent will find particularly curious offers at the moment. Even on colorful labels, the buyer is greeted by grinning pumpkin faces. By then, at the latest, the expert knows: the season for pumpkin beers has begun. Even if the keepers of the Grail Law turn up their noses, real hop guys can hardly wait to taste the first “Pumpkin Ale”.
Beers with the addition of pumpkins, which is rather unusual for local palates, are above all a specialty of American brewers. Every year, shortly before Halloween, they stir the giant fruits into the brew kettle and thus delight a growing fan base. In addition to pumpkin puree, winter spices such as ginger, cinnamon, vanilla or nutmeg are also included in the drink. But the variety of recipes is almost unlimited: In addition to pumpkin ales, some brewers also boast pumpkin lagers, pumpkin chocolate porters and pumpkin stouts. The Elysian Brewing Company from Seattle alone has around 15 different pumpkin beers in its range.
Especially in the cold season, the connoisseur guild looks forward to particularly aromatic and strong beer specialties. With a growing variety of varieties, unusual brews with weird ingredients are increasingly coming onto the market. In addition to pumpkin beers, international brewers also swear by brews with a special coffee aroma in the cold season - but not as a morning pick-me-up, but as a special taste adventure. For example, the makers of the Slovenian Pelicon brewery from Ajdovščina flavored their “Imperial Coffee Stout” with cold-brewed coffee. The eight percent, night black drink develops special roasted and chocolate notes. “It was actually just an experiment for a private party, but the prototype caught fire right away,” says brewery boss Anita Calavita enthusiastically.
Coffee and pumpkin? Here come the really wild brews!
Two breweries from the far north also rely on highly aromatic stout. The Icelandic Brugghús Borg and the Norwegian beer producers of the Voss brewery brew according to old Viking traditions with very bizarre ingredients: they even put sheep's heads in the kettle for their joint stout project. The Icelandic skulls, however, were left natural, while the Norwegian ones came in the drink salted and smoked. This is to remind of the cultural connection between the two countries, because around 1000 years ago it was Norwegian Vikings who discovered and settled the island on the Arctic Circle.
Delicious beer lovers will probably have their stomachs turned around with such weird variations. But in the world of wild brews you can also find creations with all sorts of ingredients from the sea. Fresh oysters in the brew are particularly popular - especially in Ireland and Scandinavia. But even German brewers do not shy away from seafood as an individual flavor addition. Tilmans beers from Munich and Buddelship from Hamburg were experimenting with mussels, which gave their stout a creamy mouthfeel due to the high protein content.
In addition to mollusks, there are also beers that are brewed with various types of algae, lobster and now also with octopus. For example, the Italian brewer Guiseppe Granello produced a deep black octopus beer in his microbrewery in Tuscany, which was prepared with the ink of the octopus. But if you really like to taste the salty sea on your palate, you should also try the American Blonde Ale “Er Boquerón” from the La Socarrada brewery from Xativia, Spain. The unusual drink was brewed directly with sea water.
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