How about squash with your beer?

Magic Hat's new Winterland variety pack has the brewery's #9 ale, plus three other brews.

Magic Hat’s new Winterland variety pack has the brewery’s #9 ale, plus three other brews.
Green Man brewer Mike Karnowski has crafted some new small batch beers including a winter farmhouse ale made with squash and a berliner weiss. / John Fletcher/

Could be that during last weekend’s Thanksgiving pig-out you had some sweet potatoes or some squash. Now, they are both showing up in local brews.Asheville Brewing has just released a seven-barrel run of sweet potato porter. Brewed by John Parks, it’s just what it sounds like — a porter made with fresh sweet potatoes. You can get some at both Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Merrimon Avenue and at the downtown Asheville Brewing on Coxe Avenue

Meanwhile, Green Man Brewing has crafted a winter farmhouse ale made with acorn and butternut squash. “It’s a sort of blend of saisson and farmhouse ale,” said Green Man’s Mike Karnowski, who is also thinking outside the box when it comes to making beer. “I started thinking about what would be around at the farmhouse, and squash came to mind.”He cut the squash in half, roasted it, scraped out the flesh and added it to the mash. In all, about 35 pounds of squash went into the 60-gallon batch of ale. He bottled it last week, and it’s now being conditioned. The 8.1 percent alcohol brew should be ready to drink by the second or third week of December, he said.

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