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Spicy Suds

A seasonal favorite traces its origins back to colonial America


By Andrew Huang
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

Long before marketing geniuses brought us pumpkin-flavored vodkas, pumpkin-scented candles, and pumpkin-spice lattes, the round, orange gourd was used out of necessity. American colonists in the sixteenth-century found the native pumpkin a plentiful ingredient for breads, custards, sauces, molasses, and even vinegar. It was only a matter of time before pumpkins found their way into beer recipes as a way around the New World’s scarce supply of malt. Give thanks for this seasonal treat and raise a pint to the forefathers who first engineered this spiced-up beverage.

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