We’re never quite content with the ordinary. A while back we were sharing some drinks with our friends at Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery (it seems the best ideas come to us this way). I’m not sure who said it first but someone made the comment that Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager could make an interesting distilled spirit …and so the tests began. As it turned out, interesting didn’t even begin to describe the resulting spirit. We liked the result and after tweaking & aging, we liked it a lot! We’re pleased to finally be able to share it with you. But, it’s only available for a limited time and a limited number of bottles.
Batch 6 Note: Aged in a unique combination of woods including used rum, bourbon, and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, as well as new charred American Oak.
The Beverage Testing Institute reviewed our Pumpkin Spirit awarding it a Silver Medal and rating it 89 Points- Highly Recommended
From the BTI- ”Burnished golden yellow color. Bright, sweet aromas of clove, nutmeg, candied ginger, fruit cake, and pumpkin custard with a dryish medium-to-full body and a spicy dusty clove gum and pumpkin cheesecake finish. Very nice”.
What does it taste like? Well, think of a malty whisky with a pumpkin and spice flavor – nutmeg and clove leap out. We were pleasantly surprised by how much pumpkin flavor is retained in the spirit after distillation.
How’s it made? We start with Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager – based on a recipe from Thomas Jefferson! It’s made with real pumpkin and Lakefront Brewery makes the only pumpkin lager in existence. Carefully distilled in our pot still, we then age it in a combination of new and used Bourbon Barrels. This aging mellows the spirit which is then bottled at 90 proof. Bottles are hand dipped in pumpkin orange wax and hand numbered. (you might notice the familiar look of the label – it’s based on Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager label).
We think it’s the perfect spirit for the cool fall weather ahead.
How do I drink it? One of our favorites is as a pumpkin Old Fashioned, also great with cider. Try it straight up on a cold fall night or maybe warm with a cinnamon stick. How about a Pumpkin Boilermaker?
We have several cocktails featuring our Pumpkin Spirit here in our Cocktail Database.
Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit is 45% Alcohol by Volume.