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How to Get Your High-Proof Pumpkin On

on 24/10/11 at 9:32 am


As Halloween approaches, all things pumpkin start showing up on shelves: pumpkin-shaped peanut butter cups, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin butter – the list goes on.

And while pumpkin beer is a dime a dozen this time of year, pumpkin-flavored booze can be tough to come by. Luckily, artisanal spirits makers have stepped up to the plate to allow the Halloween obsessed to get their high-proof pumpkin on.

While larger distillers like Bols and Hiram Walker are perennial pumpkin fixtures, few of the larger distillers come out to play. Sadly, that’s primarily because the American taste for pumpkin burns hot and fast and leaves a not-so-pretty corpse – generally in the form of inventory left on the shelves.

Since pumpkin passion usually comes into play only between late September through Thanksgiving, smaller artisanal producers are nimble enough to distill smaller runs of these seasonal products with more limited appeal, while it just doesn’t make much sense for the big guys to do smaller runs like that. Lucky for us, the smaller batch products are often pretty darn tasty.

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