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