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Forget PSL—Here’s How to Pair Local Beer with Pumpkin This Fall

Aloha Beer’s Dave Campbell spills about the best local beer to pair with a pumpkin in a keg or on a plate.


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We asked Aloha Beer Co. brewmaster Dave Campbell to help us with a local beer challenge with a twist. We carved three pumpkin kegs at his Kaka‘ako brewery and asked his help pairing them with three different beers.

 

If you want to transform a local pumpkin into a keg this fall, here’s how.

 

If you just want to find the best beer to go with your favorite pumpkin dish, whether it’s roasted kabocha, pumpkin pie or butternut squash soup, we’ve got you covered for fall food, too. Let others worry about wine pairings, you can shine with a local beer.

 

The three contenders:

 

  • Waimānalo Farmhouse Ale. We tried it in a raw pumpkin keg and Campbell liked it best: “What’s a great beer we make that will go with pumpkin? Our Waimānalo because farmhouses are saisons and already have a degree of spicyness, a clove-like quality, a fruitiness. I think of pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup.”
     

  • Portlock Porter. We tried this in a raw pumpkin. Campbell: “Let’s get a dark beer in there and see how the pumpkin reacts with roastiness.”
     

  • Red Zeppelin IPA. Campbell: “What about a beer with hops? How about an old-school IPA that’s got hops and a real strong caramel presence for that sweetness?”

 

Check out our video to find out which works best for your fall flavors. Spoiler alert: It was a split decision between the brewmaster and the editor.

 

And thanks to Dave Campbell for experimenting with us.

 

Happy fall! Next time, watermelons. Stay tuned!

 

READ MORE STORIES BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN

 

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