I'm not a fan of cold weather and therefore am not Fall's biggest fan because, let's be honest, the magical light jacket, brisk Fall weather only lasts maybe a month before Old Man Winter takes over and refuses to leave for months on end.
Besides candy corn and Halloween, the only things I like about fall are pumpkin foods and Fall beers, including pumpkin beers.
I have a lot of favorite pumpkin beers and love supporting local breweries so I was excited to try out the latest seasonal offering from DuClaw after enjoying their Naked Fish Stout so much this past Valentine's Day. I was sent their 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager and the 62 Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
Both beers were excellent but the Imperial Pumpkin Ale was my personal favorite. This 8.2% ABV beer is infused with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg to round out one of DuClaw's most hop-loaded beers to date! I loved how flavorful the beer was and how much the spices came through. It's a delicious, just hoppy-enough fall beer.
The 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager is packed with cinnamon and nutmeg flavor, sits at 5.7% ABV, and is frighteningly delicious. Don't worry, I thought of some more corny Halloween puns. You can find either the 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager or the 62 Imperial Pumpkin Ale at a store near you for a limited time.
I decided to experiment with a pumpkin bread recipe using the 31 Pumpkin Lager. It would work with either of these pumpkin beers, but I ending up using the 31 Lager because my boyfriend and I had already drank most of the 62 Imperial Pumpkin Ale six-pack-whoops.
Pumpkin Beer bread
Total time: 60 mins
Makes: 1 loaf (8 slices)
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 12-ounce bottle of pumpkin beer (I used DuClaw’s 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp of salt
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a bread loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix all the ingredients except beer together in a bowl until combined.
Next slowly add in beer and stir until combined. Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until lightly no longer wet in the middle (test with a toothpick after around 30 minutes of baking) .
Allow bread to cool and firm up before slicing up. Enjoy!
DuClaw Brewing Company is a Baltimore-based craft brewery that was founded in 1996 and has released over 65 unique beers, producing over 25,000 barrels per year to keep pace with it's always-expanding beer lineup and demand. They outgrew their initial brewpub space in Bel Air, MD and relocated their brewing facility to Rosedale, MD. You can find DuClaw in select liquor stores, restaurants, and bars through MD, DC, NJ DE, VA, PA, NC WV, and most recently-Cleveland, OH as well as their brewpub restaurants in Arundel Mills, Bel Air, Bowie, and BWI airport.
What is your favorite pumpkin food or drink?