Inn at Turkey Hill Fall Recipe | Guinness Pumpkin Bisque

As soon as the calendar flips to November, eager cooks and hostesses pour over cookbooks, websites, and boxes with treasured stained recipes with thoughts of Thanksgiving dinner. Do you love to recreate the same traditional meal every year, or are you constantly searching for something new or a new spin on an old favorite? 

Although we host Thanksgiving dinner at our Farmhouse Restaurant, we wanted to share one of the most popular fall recipes from the Inn at Turkey Hill.

We weren’t sure whether to call this a Thanksgiving recipe or a fall recipe; it includes one of the iconic ingredients of Thanksgiving — pumpkin. However, this recipe uses pumpkin in a form not usually seen at the Thanksgiving table — as soup! Before you cringe, let us tell you that this soup smells and tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. If that doesn’t intrigue you, you must not like pumpkin! And with beer in it, what’s not to like?

It is the creation of our chef Jim Hahn. You may see it on our Farmhouse Restaurant menu and other offerings, like Beer Braised Mussels,  Pan Roasted Salmon, or Black Garlic Ribeye Steak. Now that we have your mouth watering, here is the Guinness Pumpkin Bisque recipe:

Guinness Pumpkin Bisque

Serves 10 – 12 people


1 – 16 oz. can of Guinness Draught
1/2 C salted butter
½ medium yellow onion, minced
1 ½ tsp minced garlic
2 – 29 oz cans pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 C vegetable stock
2 C heavy cream
2 C half and half
1 Tbl ground cinnamon
2 ½ tsp ground nutmeg
¾ tsp ground cloves
1/2 C dark brown sugar
1 C light brown sugarToasted pumpkin seeds for garnish


  1. In a stock pot, saute minced onion & garlic until soft in butter
  2. Add Guinness, bring to a boil, and reduce by half.
  3. Add pumpkin puree and almond extract; whisk until smooth.
  4. Add stock, cream, and half and half; bring to a simmer.
  5. Use an immersion blender to smooth all ingredients.
  6. Whisk in spices and sugars and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.
  7. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds

Holiday Getaway

There are still many dates available for both dinner at the Farmhouse and a stay at our inn. The weekend after Thanksgiving is just the beginning of many cherished and charming holiday events, so take a break from the holiday craziness. Bloomsburg is a delightful small-town escape. Events range from a dazzling light display to a European-style Christmas market to voting for your favorite decorated tree and more.

The Inn at Turkey Hill has a special Getaway Package that includes your room AND a dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant, which is onsite. If you want a more casual stay, our Turkey Hill Brewing Company has a fun, comfortable atmosphere, great craft brews, daily specials, and weekly live entertainment.

So give this amazing fall recipe from our chef at the Inn at Turkey Hill a try, or come and join us for your next getaway.

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