Orange you curious who makes the best pumpkin beer in Brooklyn?
Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Ale has long been the best — and only — gourd-infused fall seasonal brew in the borough. But this year, Coney Island Brewing Company has launched a competitor to the pump-king crown — Freaktoberfest Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale.
The new beer is a collaboration between the People’s Playground-themed brewery and beloved local cafe chain and coffee roastery Cafe Grumpy. The brewers there were hoping to give the pumpkin-crazy masses an autumn brew, but decided to add the coffee twist to stand out from the six-pack, said a spokesperson.
“There was a desire to have a pumpkin beer, but we wanted to do something a little different than all the seasonals,” said Coney Island Brewing’s Sarah Feeley.
But how does it stack up against the stalwart suds from Brooklyn Brewery? The Brooklyn Paper staffers held a highly scientific blind tasting to find out. Let’s go to the tape!