Pumpkin roast at local brewery takes on different flavor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  The official start to autumn may have been last month, but for beer lovers in Colorado Springs, it started on Thursday.

“It’s like a holiday around here and it means fall is finally here!” Bristol Brewery owner Mike Bristol said.

It’s the annual pumpkin roasting at Bristol Brewery. Dozens of volunteers came out to help clean, gut and grill the orange gourds.

“My tips are to turn them often and stab them so they squish,” Jeanne Perry said.

Using actual pumpkins is what makes this seasonal ale unlike many others.

“We’re the only brewery that’s sourcing out its pumpkins locally,” assistant brewer Chase Perry said.

Pumpkins from Venetucci Farm are traditionally used but a hailstorm destroyed the historic farm’s crop this year.

“This is the first year we haven’t used Venetucci pumpkins,” Bristol said. “Milberger Farm in Pueblo has a similar pumpkin and stepped up to donate.  It’s nice because they’re from the area and important we make this happen.”

All of the profits go to the community-run Venetucci Farm.  It’s a working farm operated by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation providing positive experiences for the Colorado Springs community.

That often involves school field trips, which is why a group of teachers were out lending a helping hand.

“We were just there yesterday with our class,” local teacher Lindsay Neuber said.  “It’s nice to be here so we can give back to the farm and look forward to taking more field trips with our kids.”

Marlee Cox is also a teacher but works at the brewery too. She’s been going to the farm since she was four-years-old.

“I remember going there in elementary school to pick pumpkins. So, this is especially important to me that we are able to help and all the profits go back to the farm” Cox said.

The Bristol Brewery Venetucci Pumpkin Ale raised $200,000 for the community farm.

You can pre-order up to two bottles of the Ale on October 23 at the Bristol Brewery.  The release is the following week on October 30.

Beer Description:

This ale starts with ‘Baby Pam’ pumpkins grown on Venetucci Farm, picked by brewery staff, family, and friends, and roasted right after picking. Brewers blend nine different malts, adding the roasted pumpkin to the mash for just a hint of pumpkin flavor.

Then the brew is mingled with subtle spicing and a touch of hops to create a malty treat that just says “autumn.” One of our Community Ales, 100% of the profits from this beer go to the care and preservation of Venetucci Farm.

Beer specs:

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Color: Deep Red

Body: Medium

Malts: 2-row, Munich, Biscuit Malt, Vienna, Honey Malt, Chocolate, Ashburne

Hops: Cascade

Alcohol: 5.8% ABV

IBUs: (est.):20


The beer will be available on tap and in 22-ounce bomber bottles in the Bristol Pub for a very limited time, as well as in bombers at liquor stores in Colorado Springs.

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