It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Happy Halloween! And what are you supposed to be?
Happy Halloween! And what are you supposed to be?

You may have noticed this week has been heavy on the booze. Well, I thought I'd keep that theme going with a post on one of my favorite drinks, the Charlie Brown. It's basically a Black and Tan, only instead of pouring a base of Bass Ale and topping it with Guinness, you form the foundation with a seasonal, pumpkin flavored ale. The result is a half-orange, half-black drink that looks something like the iconic little Peanut himself.

Are there any tricks to making one? Not really. Just use a good quality pumpkin ale, something like Shipyard Pumpkinhead or (even better) Dogfish Head Pumpkin. Pour half a pint of pumpkin ale, nice and slow so as to not get it foamy, and top with half a pint of Guiness, also poured slowly. The result has all the pleasant coffee and chocolate notes of a Guiness with the clove and nutmeg flavors of the pumpkin ale. Enjoy!

-- John Linn


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