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Try These Pumpkin Beers at These Washington DC Bars This October

While many people think of pumpkin spice lattes or apple cider as the most popular drink of fall, the most popular amongst Americans is actually a drink that has a bit more history – pumpkin beer! It should come as no surprise that many bars in Washington DC serve this popular drink every fall, but there are a few favorites that Washingtonians keep coming back to. Below is a list of the most popular Pumpkin Ales sold in Washington DC, and where you can get them! Most are just a 15 minute Uber away from your 1331 Maryland apartment!

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale: Find it at Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Described as a slice of pie in a bottle, this ale is fermented in pounds of fresh pumpkin squash and a brewer’s wort and sugar mix before being filtered through a spiced infusion of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. This ale is brewed all the way in Saint Louis, but you can enjoy it ten minutes away from your 1331 Maryland apartment.

Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin Ale: Find it at Glen’s Garden Market, 2001 S Street NW

Another autumn ale that describes itself as “pumpkin pie in a glass” this ale that comes to Washington DC from Willamsburg Virginia is made solely with fresh ingredients, spiced and baked in the oven before being added to the brew. Powerful notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar give it a pumpkin pie punch.

Saucony Creek Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin IPA: Find it at Meridian Pint, 6035 Wilson Blvd

This ale hails from Pennsylvania, but it has a pretty lengthy story to go with it’s lengthy name. From their website:

“In the autumn of 1720, Captain Jack Rachman and his pirate-mates were celebrating their victories in typical hard-drinking tradition. Suddenly a British Navy sloop surprised them. The drunken pirates hid below deck, leaving Captain Jack’s mistresses Anne Bonney and Mary Read to defend the ship. The women shared a reputation as “fierce hell cats,” but the British Navy eventually overtook the pirate ship. Captain Jack and the pirates were sentenced to hang. Anne visited her lover in his cell before his execution, and instead of loving words her scathing comments live on throughout history, ‘Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang’d like a dog.’ Their legacy inspired us to brew an equally ferocious Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pirate rum spices. We added a touch of autumn flavor with roasted butternut squash and natural maple syrup.”

It’s quite the story, and from what we hear, it’s quite the beer! You can get a pint of Maple Mistress about 15 minutes from home at Meridian Pint in Arlington.