It would be flat-out wrong to make it all the way through October without featuring a single pumpkin brew. There are quite a few of them on tap at bay area breweries, and many of them are fantastic.
But there’s one that doesn’t fit as neatly into the category as others, and the primary reason for this is that it’s not a beer at all. At Two Henrys Brewing Company in Plant City, the annual pumpkin brew comes in the form of a cider: Two Henrys Hard Pumpkin Cider.
Two Henrys has long been known for its fruit beers, having started as a blueberry farm before converting part of its land into a winery (Keel & Curley) and brewery, utilizing fresh local ingredients along with a variety of other farm goods shipped in from around the country.
For Two Henrys’ cider line, the brewery starts with Michigan apples and adds fresh and unexpected fruit flavors, like watermelon, elderberries and, of course, blueberries.
For its fall seasonal, Two Henrys kept it simple by adding puréed pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s a rich, sweet cider that delivers exactly what it promises: a fun and October-friendly cider that drinks like a spiced cider with a side of pumpkin pie — dessert in a glass.
You’ll find cans of Two Henrys Hard Pumpkin Cider on shelves throughout the bay area, but if you have the time, take a trip to the farm and try it from the source.
If you act fast, you can get in on the last of the Keel Farm’s Fall Harvest Days at 5210 Thonotosassa Road in Plant City. The event runs every Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring hay rides, a pumpkin patch and a bounce house, though you probably won’t be able to enjoy that last bit. At least you’ll still have the Hard Pumpkin Cider.
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