We’ve intentionally created a collision course between your childhood and adulthood – with an incredible line up of Halloween candy paired with craft beer. You now have an excuse, a duty really, to steal your kids Halloween candy this year. So, once that sugar high has passed and those little monsters have finally fallen asleep, line up some great beers with some candy and have some fun!
For those who can’t get enough of this fall classic, try pairing it with the other fall classic – an Oktoberfest Lager. This year, we suggest Great Lakes Brewing Company Oktoberfest. The light crisp malt with a little bit of hops pairs so well with this Halloween staple.
Tasting Notes: Traditionally brewed with an abundance of malt, but smooth and crisp. This brew puts the flavor and feel of Autumn in a glass.
For candy lovers who prefer the simplicity of milk chocolate candies, try pairing a Hershey’s Bar with the dark-roasted malts found in stouts and porters to complement the chocolate-flavors, like a Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout.
Tasting Notes: Roasted malt and coffee flavors build the foundation of this creamy sweet stout.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
If you like a healthy dose of peanut butter with your ale, you’re not alone! Try pairing a Reese’s with a peanut butter porter like Horny Goat Brewing Co.’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.
Tasting Notes: A full bodied porter that gets its dark luscious color from the generous use of roasted malts. You’ll get just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter to question whether you’re drinking a glass of delicious suds or popping a peanut butter cup in your mouth. The bold chocolatey porter base beer is accentuated by chocolate peanut butter cup flavors on the nose. The chocolate base leaves a more subdued flavor throughout the beer to allow room for balance.
Thirsty? Grab a brown ale to enjoy with your Snickers. The nutty, caramel base of a brown ale pairs nicely with this Halloween favorite. Try Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
Tasting Notes: This special brew is meticulously crafted with hazelnuts and the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts and is accented with a rich blend of American hops. Smooth from the malt with a hint of nuttiness to finish.
This sweet, normally destined for the microwave treat would be the perfect pair for a pumpkin ale – a fall favorite! Try pairing it with Denver Beer Company’s Hey! Pumpkin. Or, switch it up with a Maine favorite – Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pumpkinhead.
Hey! Pumpkin Tasting Notes: With a nose full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and spice, she is an autumn melody that will have you reaching for your sweater.
Pumpkinhead Tasting Notes: Pumpkinhead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spice flavor – heavy with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Sour Gummy Worms
If you love this sour treat, pair it with a Sour Ale. In this case, two sours do make a right. So, pucker up and try it with Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale. In this case, your beer may influence your Halloween costume choices!
Tasting Notes: Heavy on the blackberry flavor and violet in hue, this has a light tartness from the kettle souring.
Don’t worry coconut lovers, we haven’t forgotten about you! Pair an Almond Joy with Death by Coconut by Oskar Blues for a chocolatey, coconutty combo that’s sure to please.
Tasting Notes: Intense pure liquid cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt.
Caramel Apple Suckers
We’re taking a trip down memory lane with this Halloween Treat. This transportable caramel apple on a stick pairs all too well with many Cider options. We suggest Original Sin Hard Cider Black Widow. Because it’s delicious and the name really seems to fit the occasion.
Tasting Notes: A refreshing drink with medium body and wine-like apple flavor
We can’t talk about Halloween without talking about M&M’s – and we’re pairing this with another fall favorite – barrel aged stouts. We’re talking full-bodied, boozy and bold…in a word, amazing! Try it with Dogfish Head’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Palo Santo Marron.
Tasting Notes: Double barrel aged – first in Palo Santo tanks made from South American wood which provided the caramel and sandalwood notes, then it spends many more months in bourbon barrels picking up notes of vanilla and coconut.