Fall Beers · Pumpkin Beer

Sweet & Savory Appetizer With A Scottish Pumpkin Ale

I know it’s not fall just yet, but Pumpkin beer has been on sale since the end of August. Ergo I had to have one before fall officially started. There are so many different pumpkin beers on the market now, that it can be hard for me to pick the right one for a particular meal. Since it’s still technically summer, I wanted something light. How about an appetizer? I’m thinking something sweet, savory, and bite size. How about a goat cheese and honey baguette?

The Beer:

When I walked into my local beer store in August, the first thing I noticed was the amazing display of pumpkin beers to choose from. Which to choose? I decided on the Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Down (by simple random selection of course). Is it as awesome as the art on the bottle is? Or should I have gone for a lighter beer with the hot weather still plaguing the North Eastern US?

9-11-2016-014Style: A Scottish Ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Contains 5.8% alc./vol.

Color: A beautiful dark amber

Aroma: Hearty bread right out of the oven and pumpkin pie spices with just a hint of sweetness. Yum!

Taste: It has a nice medium body and is all pumpkin pie in a bottle. It’s smooth and just a little sweet and spicy.

Level of Recommendation: This is a great beer to start your Halloween and Thanksgiving season off with. So by Christmas season logic, try it now!

The Food:

This appetizer is very simple and very tasty. I love honey and goat cheese. They make a nice combination.

What you’ll need: 9-11-2016-012

  • Baguette
  • Goat cheese
  • Honey
  • Shaved raw almonds
  • Strawberries

Slice your baguette at a slight angle. Clean and cut your strawberries into fourths. Spread goat cheese on the baguette. Add shaved raw almonds and strawberries, then drizzle honey on top.

The Pairing:


The sweet and savory combination in the food bring out a lightness in the beer. The flavors complement each other well. The almonds add a nice crunch. It’s rich, but not heavy.

Level of Recommendation: Great for early fall flavors.


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