Fall is here (even if it’s still reaching
over 75 degrees outside, grrr), and you’re probably celebrating the seasonal
change with some brews, like you celebrate a change in anything else. Or if
nothing changes...or if there’s nothing to celebrate, really. Pumpkins
are going to become widely available pretty soon, and instead of just carving that
grinning face into it for Halloween, you could do something a little festive
and turn it into a keg.
The process isn’t too difficult. You’ll
simply need a pumpkin, beer, a pumpkin carving kit, a marker or pencil, and,
obviously, a tap.
If you can carve a jack-o-lantern, you're
already ahead of the curve!
lots of Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer, or your
fall beer of choice.
Step 1: First, draw a ring around the top of your pumpkin.
This will be your guide to carve the lid. Try to keep this pretty close to the
top of the pumpkin so you optimize the hollowed out space that will hold the
Step 2: Once that's done, carve it! If you're sans carving kit
you can use a serrated knife. Whatever your tool of choice, poke it in at an
angle and work your way around the ring.
Step 3: Pop the lid off once you've gone all the way around
and clean out your pumpkin. Make sure you get all the seeds out and most of the
pulp, but don't worry if some of that's left behind since it's responsible for
flavoring the beer.
Step 4: Now, find the spot where you want to place your
spigot. Using your pencil or marker, trace around the rim once you've decided
upon the spot. Cutting the hole here will require a pretty fine serrated knife,
so the carving kit proves really worthwhile at this point. Make the hole as clean cut as possible, then
pop in your spigot. If your pumpkin is as thick as ours was you'll have to thin
out the pumpkin's inner wall to fit the spigot properly. Don't be afraid to dig
in - the pumpkin can take it.
Step 5: Once your spigot is secured, you're ready to go! Pour
in your Sam Adam's Oktoberfest (because that IS the official beer of fall as
far as we're concerned) and pop the lid back on your pumpkin.
Step 6: Celebrate fall and all your hard work with a cold
brew from your new pumpkin keg!