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2018 Halloween Candy and Beer Pairing

Here are some suggestions on the right style of beer to pair with all the different candy currently filling bowls and bags in your house.

John Holl Oct 29, 2018 - 5 min read

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In the two years since we last made our suggestions of the beers to pair with your kid’s Halloween candy, a lot has changed. Hazy IPAs and pastry stouts rule the shelves and craft Pilsners are more popular than ever.

There are also some new candies on the shelves of your local store. So after the littles ones have run around the house a hundred times before falling asleep in their costumes and before they get up with that inevitable sugar stomach ache, what should you nick from their pile and pull from the fridge to pair? A few suggestions:

New England–style IPA + Mike and Ike Tropical Typhoon

That juicy DDH IPA you’ve just tipped from the can into a glass is likely already bursting with the citrusy and tropical flavors and aromas of Citra and Mosaic hops, so why not add a little more chewy and fruity to the mix? This “tropical fruit–flavored candy” comes in five different flavors including mango, Caribbean punch, and kiwi banana.

Barleywine + Heath Bar

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John Holl is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and has worked for both Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and All About Beer Magazine.