Style: Pumpkin / Yam Beer
ABV: 6.8%
8.5 Stars

Recently, I took my first ever trip “up North” to see the fall colors. I made a tour up for myself as I traversed up I-75 and back down US 127. I did have business to do at Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen following the release of our hard seltzer collaboration, but the fall colors were another reason for my travels.

After taking in the beautiful views surrounding Petoskey, I found myself at Mackinaw Trail Brewery and Winery. The vineyards surrounding the taproom were tucked into a pocket of trees ablaze with their fall colors. Pictures do not even begin to showcase the true beauty of Mother Nature’s glory that I witnessed, but below is an attempt.

I knew Mackinaw Trail Brewery and Winery had two locations – Petoskey and Manistique – but hadn’t been to either of them. I wanted to see what their liquids were all about, so I grabbed a bottle of wine and a crowler of their Pump-kin & Grindin’ and continued on my way around the northern lower peninsula.

A few days later, I enjoyed the beer. Once I popped open the crowler I knew this beer was going to be perfect for Pumpkin Beer Palooza. I could smell the spices wafting up towards my nose quickly. Pouring it into a glass sped up the process and I was awaiting that first sip.

This beer was light on the pumpkin and malty on the front end. The backend was full of spices and cloves along with a touch of sweetness to hook you into drinking more and more. I only grabbed one 16 oz crowler of this pumpkin beer and as my glass had less and less of the beer, I wished I had grabbed more. I know for next time!


Disclaimer: Ed purchased this beer for review.

Pumpkin Beer Palooza 2020

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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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