What’s Cooking On 1060: Pumpkin Smash Celebration

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City Tap House is getting into the spirit of Fall with their 6th annual Pumpkin Smash celebration on Sunday October 9.

Andy Farrell, operating partner with City Tap House, says Pumpkin Smash is when they officially tap at least 25 pumpkin beers for the season.

“There are hundreds of pumpkin beers on the market. We try to narrow things down and pick the best of the best.”

They get a 200 to 250 pound pumpkin for the occasion.

“Carve it out, fill it with pumpkin beer, and then tap it as if it was an old school keg, kind of on top of the bar; so it’s kind of a sight to behold, this monstrous pumpkin spewing delicious pumpkin beer.”

This year, City Tap House is partnering with Morris Animal Shelter.

“They had this idea of doing a doggy Halloween costume contest.”

And the restaurant is helping the shelter by living up to the name of the event.

“Where, for a $25 donation to Morris Animal, you’ll be able to take a huge wooden mallet and smash the pumpkin of your choice.”

Of course there will also be pumpkin themed specials that day.

“I know the chefs are chomping at the bit to do some cool stuff with eggs Benedict pumpkin style and we’ve got a whoopie pie recipee that’s going to be pumpkin-ized.”

Hopefully you’re not already “pumpkined out.”

“Pumpkin beers take their lumps because some people don’t enjoy that style or they get aggravated that they roll out so early in the summertime. It’s still great, it’s like the American Oktoberfest style.”

Any pumpkin beer favorites?

“I think Dock Street actually makes a great pumpkin beer year over year, real simple, light, east to drink. Weyerbocher, another local Pennsylvania brewery, they do a great pumpkin beer.”


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