The spookiest time of the year is almost here, the days are getting shorter, and we’re frankly obsessed with all-pumpkin-everything.
There’s no other time of year when you can take cute pics at the pumpkin patch, carve a pumpkin inspired by your favourite cartoon character, and simply dress up in the wackiest or most ironic costumes.
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or spending the evening watching horror movies at a friend’s place, you’ll want to have the best-themed drinks for the occasion.
This fall, BC Liquor Stores (BCLS) has got you covered with a selection of pumpkin-inspired, flavourful drinks you can enjoy on October 31 and right until winter ale hits the shelves. Here’s the lineup you can explore.
You don’t have to be a Baileys-lover to appreciate this autumnal liquor. It has a rich and creamy taste with notes of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg (fancy enough for you?). Coffee aficionados, you can try Baileys Pumpkin Spice over or in coffee. Or better yet — make an adults-only pumpkin spiced latte!
Grown-up candy? Hold up… yes, please! While the kids are out trick or treating, you can have your own treat and stay warm inside with this seasonal spirit. As soon as this drink hits your lips you’ll get a balanced taste of caramel, pumpkin, vanilla, and a sweet and spicy finish of cinnamon and cloves.
Craft brew fans, let’s take a moment to appreciate the name “Pumpkineater Ale” before we even touch on the taste. This Howe Sound beverage is basically a high-strength version of pumpkin ale, and it tastes like a whole pumpkin pie has been used in the making — in the best way possible. The malty base with vanilla, pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, and clove make it perfect for a chilly day this season.
If you’re not planning a trip to Munich, this pumpkin-infused lager can help you feel Oktoberfest vibes as it has been brewed in malty Oktoberfest style. “Schadenfreude” is German for “finding joy in other’s misfortune,” but there’s nothing unfortunate about this beverage. Real pumpkin is added to the mash and pumpkin pie spices added to the brew kettle. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger add an extra spice to the finish that’s just right.
A perennial favourite from an iconic Gastown brewery, Steamworks Pumpkin Ale is back with a vengeance. It’s brewed in the fall with more than 100 lbs of freshly harvested pumpkin. But that’s not all — pumpkin pie spices are added to the hopback. The result? A beautifully-balanced ale with hints of homemade pumpkin pie.
Searching for a beer that tastes like a cookie too? This Snickerdoodle pumpkin brew is perfectly creamy, sweet, and very much like the beloved treat of the same name. It’s got a brown sugar and cinnamon edge with some pumpkin, ginger, and nutmeg making an appearance towards the finish. Pair this with a doughnut costume and your look will be on point.
If horror movies are too much for you to handle, you can choose an award-winning brew that’s been named after a haunting legend. This dark brew is inspired by the local Fernie legend of the ghost rider shadow on Mount Hosmer’s face when the late day sun hits at just the right angle. Spooked yet? Don’t worry, the subtle flavourings of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and other spices, will bring you back to reality. Plus, this beer is unfiltered to keep the real pumpkin taste alive!
Like an image straight out of a biker movie, this helmet-wearing, winged-pumpkin ale logo lets you know that it’s not a beer for the faint-hearted. It’s got a whopping 9% abv, so be prepared for this pumpkin beer to tear a patch off your taste buds (not literally, you know what we mean).
If you’re interested in discovering more fall flavours to try, check out bcliquorstores.com.
Please enjoy responsibly.