How to Make a Pumpkin Keg – The Manly Jack o’lantern

How to Make a Pumpkin Keg - The Manly Jack o'lantern 2

Looking to elevate your Halloween party this year? Maybe you want to offer your guests a little something more grown-up for their trick-or-treat experience? Then try this super simple pumpkin keg. Mind blown? Read on.

Move over spiced latte, the pumpkin keg has arrived. This past Thanksgiving (Canadian) a friend brought this idea over to complement our turkey diner. It was super easy and actually added a bit of flavor to the beer…or at least we thought. I mean, we did have a few experimental pints so…

Anyway, give this pumpkin keg a try this Halloween season (season?) and pick up a fall flavored beer to double the holiday fun.


How to Make a Pumpkin Keg


Before you Start:

Prep time: 10 min
Serves: as much as you can drink

To make things easier:

– Carving knife
– keg spout
– Drill


All you need

1 Pumpkin
1 Growler of beer (to start)


1. Gut that pumpkin keg. Cut the top and start scooping.


2. Mark a spot near the bottom of the pumpkin keg and drill a hole.


Note: Use the appropriate bit. When in doubt use a smaller bit and increase size until spout fits.


Note: Make sure you drill straight – ours was angled up which wasn’t conducive to pouring.

3. Insert that spout. The one we used was from a home-brew store and come with a plastic tube. We stuck the tube in some boiling water to make it pliable before attaching to spout.


4. Fill that pumpkin keg.


We had some room left in the pumpkin keg so dropped in a zip lock bag of ice to keep things chilled.

5. Enjoy that pumpkin keg. Re-fill as needed!



That’s it…unless you are feeling really creative. You could turn that pumpkin keg into one awesome Jack o’lantern! My knife skills aren’t that good…plus I have had a few.

What say you? Have you tried making a pumpkin keg? Let’s hear it!

For more recipes check out my other Worldly Eats posts.

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