by Nathan Hak Beer Journalist at Beerwulf.com
Halloween beertapHow to make your own halloween beer tap?
Halloween is almost coming up! A good reason for a themed party. Of course you want to do something fitting with beer. Halloween and pumpkins are inextricably linked. We all know those pumpkins with faces, but we're going to do something much nicer: beer from a pumpkin!
The obvious thing is to serve a pumpkin ale at a Halloween party. This beer is brewed with pumpkin and is quite popular in the United States. Just like the Dutch bock beer or Belgian Christmas beer, it is mainly a seasonal beer, brewed around Halloween. Nice to try, but it can be very spicy and not everyone likes that. If you make a Halloween pumpkin tap, you can fill it with any beer of your liking!
To make your pumpkin tap, you will need:
- One large pumpkin
- A serrated knife
- A marker pen
- A spoon
- A few bottles or cans of your favourite beer
- A tap
- A drill (or something suitable to make a hole for the tap)
How it's done:
1. Hollow it out
First, mark the top of the pumpkin with your pen where you will open it. Then, carefully cut the top off and remove it. Don't throw this part away, though - you will need to close your tap once you’re finished.
Using your spoon, scoop out the insides of the pumpkin. Make sure to remove all the seeds so they can’t get stuck in the tap. You can decide how much soft flesh you want to leave in the pumpkin, depending on how much extra pumpkin flavour you want to add to your beer!
2. Add the tap
When your pumpkin is completely empty, you can attach the tap. Drill a hole almost at the bottom where the pipe of your tap just fits through. Attach your tap to the pumpkin and make sure it won't leak.
3. Fill it with beer
I decided to fill my pumpkin with Weihenstephaner Korbinian, a sweet, malty bock which is perfect for the Autumn season. But try experimenting with any flavour you like. A spicy, amber or heavy beer would be my recommendation.
Once you've chosen, carefully fill the pumpkin with your beer. Don’t be fooled by the size of the pumpkin: even a small one can hold about 2 litres of beer!
With your beer safely inside, your homemade pumpkin beer tap is ready! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did here at Beerwulf. Cheers!