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INSPIRED PUMPKIN CARVING: HOW TO MAKE A BELL’S AND BEST BROWN JACK-O’-LANTERN

Fall is upon us, and it’s time for hayrides, apple orchards, Best Brown Ale and, who can forget, pumpkin carving.

Need some inspiration about what carve? How about something related to one of your favorite breweries or Best Brown Ale.

First and foremost: Safety first! Make sure you are using tools you are comfortable with are always safe. Here are some tips from Consumer Reports.

Stencils:

A couple of things to note with each stencil:

Bell's logo: Cut out the letters and the bells only.

Best Brown: Cut out all darkened portions except for the eye inside the outline. 

Oberon: Remove only the portions marked with an "X."

Official: Start with the more detailed letters in the center, then work your way out!

Hopsoulution: Only carve the hop leaves themselves! Poke holes around each individual leaf, and those are what you will cut out. Work your way from the center out and it will be easier and more stable to carve.

Ok, time for the pumpkin carving.

  • Download the Bell’s pattern and print it off.
  • Cut open the top of the pumpkin
  • Remove all the insides. You can separate the seeds and roast later. Make sure to compost what you don’t use!
  • Cut and tape the stencil on the pumpkin so it fits closely
  • Poke around the areas you want to carve
  • Remove stencil and start cutting.
  • Refine the edges, insert a candle, light and display.
  • Crack open a Best Brown Ale and admire your handiwork!

This year, we cut a hole in one of our pumpkins up top, and the other at the base. Our verdict? Cutting the pumpkin out from the base is great!

Why?

Safety – you can place your pumpkin onto the candle avoiding any potential burns.

Also, it’s easier to clean out, and it just looks good!

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