DENVER - Warnings about pumpkin shortages get a fair amount of attention this time of year. And while some alerts seem overblown, the Denver Beer Co. says a shortage of the pumpkin product it uses is real.
The Denver Beer Co. uses a cooked and packaged pumpkin product to make its seasonal ale "Hey! Pumpkin."
Jason Buehler, head brewer at the Denver Beer Co., says when he contacted his supplier for pumpkin this year, he was told there wasn't any available. So he started asking around, and other commercial brewers weren't able to get it either.
The pumpkin product brewers typically use is made from the previous season’s pumpkins. And last year's pumpkin crop apparently did not yield as much as usual.
Fortunately, the Denver Beer Co. had leftovers from last year. Managers had ordered more than they needed to get a better deal on shipping. However, that leftover supply is quickly disappearing.
"I know that we were told if we wanted to buy some more this year that we wouldn't have any available until the end of September or early October,” Buehler said. “And the season being over in October, and beer taking three weeks to a month to produce, it didn't really help us out."
Buehler said, as a brewer, this is the first time he's ever had to deal with a pumpkin shortage. He has been brewing professionally for about 10 years.
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