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How to Transform a Pumpkin into a DIY Keg for Pumpkin Beer

This time of year is all about pumpkin everything, and we've just upped the ante with a scene-stealing, party-pleasing DIY pumpkin keg for your Halloween bash. The only thing better than drinking fall beer is drinking fall beer through a carved pumpkin, which we've artfully mastered with a little help from a carving knife, a spigot and some patience. 

Luckily, we're not about keeping such secrets to ourselves here at Celebrations, so we're sharing our pumpkin keg how-to with you in the video above and with the directions below.

If you can carve a jack-o-lantern, you're already ahead of the curve!



  • One large pumpkin
  • Marker or pencil
  • Carving kit
  • Plastic Spigot (aka tap)
  • Lots of Sam Adams Octoberfest beer

Step 1: First, draw a ring around the top of your pumpkin. This will be your guide to carve the lid. Try to keep this pretty close to the top of the pumpkin so you optimize the hollowed out space that will hold the beer.

Step 2: Once that's done, carve it! If you're sans carving kit you can use a serrated knife. Whatever your tool of choice, poke it in at an angle and work your way around the ring.

Step 3: Pop the lid off once you've gone all the way around and clean out your pumpkin. Make sure you get all the seeds out and most of the pulp, but don't worry if some of that's left behind since it's responsible for flavoring the beer.

Step 4: Now, find the spot where you want to place your spigot. Using your pencil or marker, trace around the rim once you've decided upon the spot. Cutting the hole here will require a pretty fine serrated knife, so the carving kit proves really worthwhile at this point.

Make the hole as clean cut as possible, then pop in your spigot. If your pumpkin is as thick as ours was you'll have to thin out the pumpkin's inner wall to fit the spigot properly. Don't be afraid to dig in - the pumpkin can take it.

Step 5: Once your spigot is secured, you're ready to go! Pour in your Sam Adam's Octoberfest (because that IS the official beer of fall as far as we're concerned) and pop the lid back on your pumpkin.

Step 6: Celebrate fall and all your hard work with a cold brew from your pumpkin keg!



Isn't it great?  The best part is, you can apply this concept to many different "containers", so get creative!  Try our summer-ized version and make a watermelon keg


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