Pumpkin beers are any beers using pumpkins (cucurbito pepo) as an adjunct in either mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation, providing obvious (ranging from subtle to intense), yet harmonious, qualities. pumpkin qualities should not be overpowered by hop character. these may or may not be spiced or flavored with other things. a statement by the brewer explaining the nature of the beer is essential for fair assessment in competitions. if this beer is a classic style with pumpkin, the brewer should also specify the classic style.
The number one reason is craft beer tastes better than the "beer water" that is mass produced and mass marketed by the big beer companies. Craft beer tastes better because craft brewers spend their time focusing the quality of their beer rather than focusing on their marketing campaigns and stock prices.
Oh yeah! Craft beers can pack a punch. Most craft beers range from 5-10% ABV, but some can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% ABV.