Charlie’s Great Pumpkin Brown<< Back to Beer Finder
Brewed with 80 pounds pumpkin, the flavors and aromas are reminiscent of the caramelized crust of a freshly baked pumpkin pie. There is just enough hop bitterness in this brown ale to invite you back for more.
Name: The name is rearranged from “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
Malts: Pale, Crystal 77, Chocolate, Crystal 37, Crystal 50-60, Munich 10, Aromatic, Brown Sugar
Yeast: English Ale
Dry Hop: Spices- Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice blend, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Pumpkin
Aroma: Pumpkin Pie
Flavor: Pumpkin Pie
Served: Imperial Pint
O.G.: 15.1 F.G.: 3.5
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
Debuting in Peanuts in 1959, The Great Pumpkin seems only to be mentioned by Linus, who doggedly spends every Halloween in a pumpkin patch awaiting G.P., who invariably fails to materialize, leaving a humiliated but determined Linus vowing to return annually. Like Cubs fans. Creator Charles Schultz’ Great Pumpkin tale has spawned theories ranging from Christian
evangelism to existential “oneness” to invasions ofFrancein World War 2, if you can believe that. Schultz, who had to be amused by the brew ha-ha, states the concept is nothing more complicated than a young child confusing Christmas with Halloween.
Weigh-off competitions for giant pumpkins are a popular festival activity. The world record held at 460 pounds until 1981, when Howard Dill ofNova Scotiabroke the record with a pumpkin weighing 493.5 pounds. Dill patented the seeds used to grow this giant pumpkin, deeming them Dill’s Atlantic Giant seeds, and drawing growers from around the world. In 1994, the Giant pumpkin crossed the 1,000-pound (453.6-kilogram) mark. The current world record holder is Zep, a 1,810-pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin.
More pumpkin shavings:
- Pumpkin Chunking is the sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance – using slingshots, centifugals, catapults, trebuchets, and pneumatic air cannons.
- Current Guiness World Record for Punkin’ Chunkin’ is 5,545 ft., set in 2010 in Moab,Utah.
- In the late 70’s Braniff Airways painted their 747’s a striking shade of orange, eliciting greetings of “welcome, Great Pumpkin,” from air traffic controllers.
- In 1996 the BNSF railway painted a 3800 HP locomotive vivid orange.
- Italians have replaced the Great Pumpkin with the Great Watermelon, apparently more Mediterranean.
- Major Leaguer Dan Johnson, who sported an orange-red beard, played with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and was dubbed “The Great Pumpkin”