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.