Scary Good Beers for Halloween October 17 2012

What would Halloween be without candy . . . and beer?  Most of the guys we know would like to take on the holiday with a “treat” of beer. In fact, in our neighborhood, it’s not uncommon for the dads accompanying their children to go trick-or-treating for beer at the doorsteps of friends. The kids get Snickers bars and dad gets a frosty brew; sounds like a win-win situation. While it might be difficult and not too safe to walk the neighborhood with one of our nice personalized glass beer mugs in hand (leave these at home please), you can slip a can or bottle into a personalized beer koozie for the jaunt out with your little goblins. So what type of beer should you drink on Halloween? Here are six seasonally inspired brews that are also scarily good!

Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale A brew named in honor of Halloween Ale has to be a winner for any Halloween celebration. Fans of Gritty McDuff's ale report that it is a “tasty and approachable” extra-special bitter that will please the palates of a wide range of beer drinkers.  Expect to find a slightly dry brew with toasted malt notes and hints of caramel, toffee and fruit-like esters.

Moorhoueses' Pendle Witches Brew This stout ale from England has a full-flavored malt body featuring plenty of of rich, dark, fruit notes. And, because it is just lightly carbonated, the ale is easy to swig down quickly.  Afficianados suggest a special paring – drink this beer with eye of newt and toe of frog!

Rogue's Dead Guy The beer-friendly state of Oegon is home to this bock-style brew from the Rogue brewery.  But unlike other bock’s, the proprietary Pac Man ale yeast strain is used during the process rather than the expected lager yeast. Folks who drink the stuff say the “nose is redolent with sweet caramel and bready malt, balanced by an aggressive pine and citrus hop note”.

Great Lakes' Nosferatu If you like a strong beer that is heavy on hops and piney overtones, this Ohio-brewed beer is for you. In fact, you may want to sink your fangs into the rich sweet malts flavor with hints of toasted caramel, dark fruits, pumpernickel and rye. The final taste on the palate is a sweetness from brown sugar and molasses used in the fermenting process.

New Holland's Ichabod Inspired by the pages of Washington Irving's short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, New Holland Brewery incorporates the flavors of pumpkin (imagine the Headless Horseman) in tandem with classic pumpkin pie spices and a foundation of bready malt.