How to Make a Pumpkin Keg

A pumpkin keg is a festive way to serve seasonal fall beers on Halloween, one of the busiest party nights of the year. Instead of decorating with jack o’ lanterns, carve out a pumpkin beer keg for your bar top! Pumpkin kegs are more than just a great conversation starter. Among other things, they provide an excellent way to showcase your seasonal draft list. Since pumpkins are naturally insulated, they are an effective tool for holding and serving beer.

Check out the video below to learn how to make your own pumpkin keg. Then, reference our detailed walkthrough of the entire pumpkin keg process!

How to Make a Pumpkin Beer Keg

If you’re considering making a pumpkin keg of your own, we’ve created a comprehensive list of instructions to guide you from start to finish. Once your keg is complete, prepare to impress the guests at your Halloween or fall-themed party with your new pumpkin drink dispenser!

Pumpkin Keg Materials

Before you start making your pumpkin drink dispenser, gather the proper tools and products to do the job correctly. The materials you'll need to make a pumpkin keg include:

  • One large pumpkin
  • Your favorite fall beer or apple cider
  • A sharp knife
  • A spoon with a long handle
  • A reusable beer tap
  • A drill

Where to Buy a Spigot for a Pumpkin Keg

Reusable beer taps can be purchased from many different stores and websites. Typically made from plastic, these spigots can be inserted into your pumpkin and sealed from the other side, allowing you to dispense drinks from your pumpkin keg. Additionally, once you're finished with the keg, you can wash the spigot and save it for your next Halloween party.

Step-By-Step Pumpkin Keg Instructions

Once you've collected the necessary materials, it's time to begin. To successfully make your own pumpkin keg, follow these steps:

  1. Remove top: Cut a hole in the top of your pumpkin with a sharp knife and remove the top.
  2. Remove insides: Using a spoon, scoop out the inside of the pumpkin.
  3. Mark beer tap location: Trace a circle around your beer tap on the lower part of the pumpkin. It should be low enough that it can reach the dregs of your beer.
  4. Create beer tap hole: Drill a hole through the circle that you outlined.
  5. Thin pumpkin wall: On the inside of the pumpkin, scrape away some of the meat near the hole until the wall is slightly thinner, so your reusable beer tap can fit.
  6. Expand beer tap hole: Enlarge the hole until your beer tap fits snugly.
  7. Secure beer tap: Insert the tap into the hole and secure it on the inside of the pumpkin.
  8. Decorate the pumpkin: If you have an artistic friend or staff member, you can also carve a design into it. Just be sure not to go all the way through the pumpkin, or the beer will leak out.
  9. Fill the keg: Add your beer into the pumpkin, put the top back on, and start serving beer from your pumpkin keg.

How to Use All Parts of a Pumpkin

To ensure that nothing goes to waste and potentially reduce clean-up time, consider putting every part of your pumpkin to use. Below, we've listed some of the most popular ways to use discarded parts of the pumpkin:

  • Pumpkin pulp: The insides of the pumpkin can be used as an ingredient in pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter, or even pumpkin dog treats.
  • Pumpkin seeds: The seeds of a pumpkin can be added to trail mix or used as a salad topping. Additionally, the seeds can be roasted to create a delicious bar snack.
  • Pumpkin flesh: Once you’ve peeled the skin off of your pumpkin, it can be boiled or even roasted. This part of the pumpkin is a key ingredient in dishes such as pumpkin soup and pumpkin puree.

Fall Drinks

Once the keg is complete, you'll need to decide what drinks to fill it with. Since the inside of your keg will likely add a slight pumpkin flavor to your beer, we recommend complementing it with fall seasonal beers.

If you're not a fan of beer, consider adding hard cider to the keg. This popular alcoholic beverage bares many similarities to apple cider, although there is one key difference. Unlike its counterpart, hard cider goes through a fermenting process, causing it to become an alcoholic drink.

Whether it’s the centerpiece of your Halloween party or just a unique decoration, a pumpkin keg can add some seasonal flair to your party. In addition to its unique look, a pumpkin keg will keep drinks cold and provide a slight pumpkin flavor, perfectly complementing your fall beers and hard ciders. If you’re looking for an interesting and fun decorative piece for your seasonally themed party, a pumpkin beer keg is a great option.

Posted in: Seasonal | Bars & Breweries | By Jason Kurtz
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