Brewers don't seem to be having an issue finding pumpkins
This all started when Draft reported brewers complaining of the difficulty in finding pumpkins to on a message board. Then they interviewed a few brewers who confirmed there were issues. Sounds like the makings of a shortage, right?
Not exactly. We reached out to an equally small number of brewers both big and small, and have a different view. Sam Adams sources pumpkins from the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast, and had no issues. One of its brewers, Megan Parisi, told us she's brewing a beer that uses 20lbs of pumpkin in each barrel called 100 Pounds of Pumpkin. Not really, it's called 20 Pounds of Pumpkin. She had no issues. Traveler Beer Co. is a brewery that distributes its shandies nationwide, including the Jack-O Pumpkin Shandy. A rep said it was supplied plenty of pumpkins from IL, and had no problems.
I also spoke to much smaller brewers, like Alan Simons of Dry Dock Brewing, which only distributes in CO, and he said he did have a problem finding pumpkin puree for his Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
Ah crap, I was wrong this whole time! There is a shortage! Panic! Panic!
Just kidding -- even though Dry Dock had issues sourcing the beer, it partnered with Ticklebelly, a bakery across the street to get some more pumpkin puree. Apparently the bakery had problems finding some too! But Simons worked with the Ticklebelly folks and ultimately he was able to get enough puree to make the beer. Hooray!