Frankenmuth Brewery loves everything Halloween and one of our favorite things that comes with the season is carving jack o’ lanterns. While we admire all kinds of pumpkin carvings, from the extremely intricate witch face to the classic triangle eyes-nose and jagged smile, Frankenmuth Brewery is ready to throw our beer pumpkin hat into the ring. Head out to the pumpkin patch, pick up a few gourds and crack open some Michigan beer as you prepare to make your own Frankenmuth Beer pumpkin.
The first carved pumpkin associated with Halloween was made in Europe in 1866, a mere four years after the birth of Frankenmuth Brewery in America. In 2012, the debut of our beer pumpkin takes shape in two different forms for different levels of pumpkin carving experience and skill. The first stencil we’re featuring is the signature “F” from the Frankenmuth Brewery logo that you’ll recognize from the cap of every single Michigan beer from our brewery. Simple, but stately, this stencil is perfect for any pumpkin-carving beginner. The second stencil, our “Das Good Bier!” logo, will be a little bit tougher of carve, but we think you’re up to the challenge.
Using our beer pumpkin carving stencils as guides for your fresh gourd is super simple. Start by cleaning out your pumpkin with a spoon and save the seeds for roasting in the oven. Once you are finished cleaning up all the guts of the pumpkin, print off the stencil you will be using, cut off the excess paper around the design and attach it to the pumpkin with tape all around the border. Next, use the tip of a pen to puncture a hole every 1/8 inch all the way around each black piece of the design, this will be the part of the pumpkin you will be carving out.
With the stencil now outlined on the face of your beer pumpkin, remove the paper stencil and began to carve the pattern out with a small carving saw. From here on out, it’s as simple as taking time to carefully connect the little dots and cutting off the excess from the inside to allow more light to come out from the inside of the pumpkin. Once done with all of the cuts, remove any pieces of pumpkin that have fallen inside and then rub the carved area with petroleum jelly. This will help to preserve your Frankenmuth Beer pumpkin long past Halloween.
With your porch now aglow from your Frankenmuth Beer pumpkin, you’re ready for all the trick-or-treaters that will be coming to your door on October 31. Remember, kids want candy (not apples or something nutritious), and if their parents look like they need a pick me up, maybe slip them a sample of our Michigan beer. It’s the best treat that Frankenmuth Brewery can think to offer the 21+ crowd.