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Gingerbread Ale Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream & Fall Beers for Non-Pumpkin People

Gingerbread Ale Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream & Fall Beers for Non-Pumpkin People  

Gingerbread Ale Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream. Ten minutes of prep for homemade pudding and whipped cream,and it's SO good! #beer #gingerbread #pudding


By the time October rolls around, Pumpkin ALL The Things has hit it’s crescendo.  Pumpkin beer lists have been made, all the Top Ten have been analyzed and disputed, and frankly, most of us have pumpkin weary palates. Thankfully there is a mountain of non-squash related beers that fall has to offer.

Barrel aged beers are starting to be released after spending most of the summer aging in liquor barrels they finally see the inside of bottles and are shipped to your nearest bottle shop. A few to seek out:

Surly Brewing – Barrel Aged Darkness

Founders Brewing – Backwoods Bastard

The Bruery – Black Tuesday

Brooklyn Brewery – Black Ops

Fresh hop beers have a very small brewing window. The vast majority of beer is made with either hop pellets (that look a bit like bunny food), or with hop flowers that have been dried for storage. The few weeks between late summer and early fall when hops come into season and the yearly harvest begins, is the only time that brewers can use a fresh hop right off the bine (yes, it’s spelled "bine"). Once picked, fresh hops run the risk of going bad if not dried fairly quickly making this time of year a golden window for some exceptional beers. A few to seek out:

Barley Brown – Tank Slapper 

Sierra Nevada – Harvest Series 

Bale Breaker – Piled High Imperial Fresh Hop 

Rogue Farms – Wet Hop Ale 

Brown Ales don’t get enough airtime. A nice smooth transition from the session IPA’s of summer to the deep roasty stouts of winter, the brown ale is your bridge. The perfect fall beer when you aren’t quite ready to accept that snow is on it’s way but you want something deeper than a pale ale. A few to seek out:

Bell’s Beer – Best Brown Ale

Cigar City – Cubano Style Espresso Brown

Sixpoints – Brownstone

Mankato – Leaf Raker

Then we have these one of a kind beers. Like this Gingerbread Ale from Bison Brewing that just tastes like fall and scarcely has competition in it’s category.  With beautiful spice flavors of fall and a deep rich color and flavor, it’s perfect for those who want to indulge in fall beers but would rather eat their vegetables than drink them.

I, of course, took it one step further and made an easy ten minutes pudding that would also be brilliant as a pie filling. But serving it out of half-pint glasses works too.

Fall Beers For Non Pumpkin People



Gingerbread Ale Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup gingerbread ale pumpkin ale or brown ale will also work
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs gingerbread ale pumpkin ale or brown ale will also work


  • In a saucepan off heat stir together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk in the cream, beer, and egg yolks until well combined.
  • Add the butter and vanilla, add pan to medium high heat. Stir constantly until butter has melted and the mixture has thickened, about 6 minutes.
  • Pour evenly between four small serving dishes. Chill until cooled and set, about 1 hour.
  • Just prior to serving add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until soft peaks form. While the mixer is still running, slowly add the remaining 3 tablespoons beer, continue to beat until cream stiffens up. Top pudding with whipped cream.


To make a pudding pie, just pour pudding into a pre-baked and cooled 9-inch pie shell. Top with whipped cream just prior to serving.


Gingerbread Ale Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream. Ten minutes of prep for homemade pudding and whipped cream,and it's SO good! #beer #gingerbread #pudding

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David S. October 13, 2014 um 7:29 am

I’m honestly sick of pumpkin anything. But I love this list, will check them out!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 13, 2014 um 9:28 am

Oh man, I look forward to autumn beers all year round!! So excited to try some of these out that you posted. I’m missing some of my fav Montreal brews this year, which sucks, but luckily Sicily has lots of wine. Loving that whipped cream!!


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 13, 2014 um 9:53 am

Love that it looks like a frothy mug of beer!


lindsay October 14, 2014 um 5:40 am

YUM. I will have to try that gingerbread beer, sounds amazing. Not sure if you have Southern Tier on the west coast but their Warlock is a great fall sort-of-pumpkiny beer which I love. I hate when beer tastes like pumpkin pie but this one manages to get just a little bit of pumpkin flavor in without being too over powering.


Jackie October 14, 2014 um 10:38 am

I’m with you. I like subtle pumpkin beers and they are so often overdone. I’ve had Pumpking but not Warlock.


Susan October 14, 2014 um 7:49 am

Thanks for the list of beers to look for. We’re always interested in finding new ones.


Lauren October 22, 2014 um 7:05 pm

Thanks for the list! My husband loves fresh hop beers. Do you know of a place in Seattle that sells Barley Brown? We’ve only seen it in Oregon.


Jackie October 22, 2014 um 10:00 pm

I had it at Brouwers, it was fantastic. I’d try Chucks Hop Shop or Downtown Spirits.


Maggie October 30, 2014 um 5:55 pm

Do I have to use Vietnamese Cinnamon? And if so why? This looks so good. I have been having a weird craving for pudding lately…thanks!


Jackie October 31, 2014 um 10:38 am

It doesn’t *have* to be, but it’s what I prefer. Vietnamese cinnamon has a slightly higher oil content so it mixes better with liquids for a more even disbursement. It has has a better flavor, it’s richer and slightly bolder. I use the one from King Arthur FLour.


Kimi January 13, 2015 um 1:10 am

love this!


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