Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin Ale at Twisted Cypress Brewery. Hunter Eisele/Provided

Twisted Cypress Pumpkin Ale

What is it?

Twisted Cypress Pumpkin Ale is a craft beer brewed by West Ashley’s first brewery.

It is part of the brewery's seasonal beer assortment that reflects ingredient availability and drinking norms.

What’s the story?

Pumpkin beer has its roots in Colonial America. George Washington brewed it and recipes have been found dating to 1771 where it is referred to as “pompion.”

A 17th-century poem captured the prevailing attitude: “If barley be wanting to make into malt/we must be content and think it no fault/for we can make liquor to sweeten our lips/of pumpkins, and parsnips, and walnut-tree chips.” ("The Brewer’s Tale" by William Bostwick).

In the 1980s it became a “seasonal phenomenon” and was brewed as an ale, porter, stout and shandy.

Who’s selling it?

Twisted Cypress Brewing Company

1897 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

843-608-1899

Thursday-Sunday

What’s the price?

$7 per pint

What’s the flavor?

Twisted Cypress Brewing Company crafts a medium-bodied light ale that is seasoned with nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon. It comes in at 5.8 percent ABV and 17 IBU. The spices do not overwhelm this ale but do ramp up the piquancy.

— Deidre Schipani