Lauren Friel

Every August for the past 16 years, Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has ordered more than 4,000 pounds of sugar pumpkins from local farms. With the help of friends and family—and a handful of volunteers—employees chop, gut, and shred every one of those iconic New England gourds to ready them for brewing in their 14 different limited-edition pumpkin beers, most notably the coveted Great Pumpkin Ale.

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