Make a Pumpkin Keg for Your Halloween Beer Drinking [Video]
Carving pumpkins isn't just for the kiddos. Sure, you could go the classic route and try to show off your arty side with some sweet witches or zombies, or the standard jack-o-lantern toothy grin.
Or you could do something cooler. And tastier. You could turn your pumpkin into a keg.
Basically, in this video from Celebrations.com, you start out like your momma taught you to carve pumpkins as a kid:
1. Mark off the area you want to cut on the top of the pumpkin, around the stem.
2. Get to cutting. Take off the top and scoop out most of the pumpkin guts (make sure to get the seeds because they could clog your spigot. Some pulp left behind is OK; that will flavor your beer).
3. Pick a spot to stick your spigot (I found some online at Amazon, Brookstone, Kegworks). Then thin out the inside of the pumpkin right on that spot. Mark it with the spigot itself, drawing a line around it. When you cut your hole for the spigot it will be the right size.
4. Push the spigot in and secure it on the inside with a washer.
5. Put the pumpkin on some sort of stand for easier access.
6. Pour in your beer.
7. Party time!
The video suggests Sam Adams Octoberfest. Yum!
If you're looking for some local fall beers (Well, Grand Rapids was recently named 'Best Beer Town in the USA'!) I think Founders' Harvest Ale, Brewery Vivant's Pumpkin Tart, or Harmony Brewing's Jackson's Joy or Grand Pumpkin would all be totally delicious.
Happy Drinking! ... err, Halloween! Happy Halloween and Happy Drinking!