Whether you plan on getting all decked out in a handcrafted costume or sitting on the sidelines taking in the insanity, a pumpkin beer is an appropriate accompaniment to your Halloween festivities. If you agree, you’re in luck; virtually every BBC is pouring something pumpkin right now.

In Cedarville, Danvers, Falmouth, Hyannis, Pembroke, Portsmouth & Sandwich:

  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale – The overall take from Beer & Brewing magazine on this pumpkin beer says, “A tasty pumpkin beer with a considered use of spices that support and complement the pumpkin flavors. The caramel malts pair well with the pumpkin.”

In Falmouth, Framingham, Manchester & Westford:

  • Southern Tier Brewing Pumking – Beer Advocate rates Southern Tier’s take on pumpkin at 4 stars with one reviewer noting that its, “Taste opens with a squash-like sweetness, some caramel notes, and ends with a long stretch of hop bitterness. This is so nicely balanced!”

In Framingham:

  • Jack’s Abby Pumpkin Crop Lager – A nearly 4-star rated pumpkin beer on Beer Advocate which one reviewer describes as, “Rich spices layer in and fade out like changing fall leaves. Slightly bitter and buttery, rich vegetal gourd flavor. Very clean tasting throughout.”

In Franklin:

  • Captain Lawrence Autumn Blaze – Taster Andrew J. is apparently a fan of Snoop Dogg. On Untappd he says Autumn Blaze is, “Very nice! Feeling that Autumn Blaze Hype fo shizzle.”

In Plymouth:

  • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale – Dogfish Head’s pumpkin-based offered has one RateBeer reviewer exclaiming, “The smell is, wow. Who put a fresh slice of warm pumpkin pie to my nose when I wasn’t looking?! I mean it for real.”

In Worcester:

  • Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby – We may be showing our age by saying that Two Roads take the pumpkin in name alone; love it! Beer Advocate gives it 4 stars with a taster saying, “I was breaking out in a jack-o’-lantern-like grin at my happiness with this beer. Finish was dry, thanks to the spices, but the rum was the flavor of the moment.”