With the fall in full gear now, many craft brewers around the world have begun releasing their seasonal pumpkin brews for people to enjoy, and New Belgium Brewing is going one step further with The Big Craft CarveOff.
Starting this Thursday, Oct. 3rd, New Belgium Brewing will challenging six other craft brewing companies from around the country to decide who is the best pumpkin carver. Who will be deciding the winner? Well of course, no one else than all of you. The contest will be ending on Tuesday, Oct. 15th.
The other six breweries that will be taking part in the contest are companies such as: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Cambridge Brewing Company, Saint Arnold Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Schlafly Beer.
You can go view the seven pumpkins that have been entered into the contest from each brewing company, and then go to Eater to vote on which is your favorite. The winner of this contest will be able to choose a charity of their choice, where New Belgium will then make a $5,000 donation.
New Belgium spokesperson, Bryan Simpson, talked about the contest and how some of the brewers have shown off incredible creative designs.
"There's a proud tradition of pumpkin beer brewing every fall among craft brewers and we figured a great way to celebrate the change of seasons is a good old-fashioned carving contest. Several of our brewing buddies jumped on board and did amazing, magical feats to transform simple gourds into works of art.
"It was a little tricky for some breweries to find pumpkins this early in the season, so we actually had to ship some from Fort Collins. The results speak volumes as to how many creative folks we have in our industry. Pretty inspiring," Simpson said.
New Belgium's fall brew is the newly unveiled Pumpkick Ale that is made with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. This brew won't be around long, so grab it while you can.