2018 Halloween Candy and Beer Pairing | Craft Beer & Brewing

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 9 months ago

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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

A proper barleywine of adequate strength will help soothe the nerves after a night of the constantly ringing doorbells and the worry that you’ll hear the splatter of eggs on your siding after you annoyed those kids by running out of candy early. From your stash, find the toffee-forward Heath bar, which should meld nicely with the existing nutty, caramel, and sweet flavors of the beer.

Pilsner + Swedish Fish

A little fruit goes a long way with this style. The generic red-fruit flavors of the aquatic-dwelling shaped confectionary can boost some of the crackery malt and complement spicy noble hops flavors, and the candy even takes on a bit of fizz, thanks to the carbonation.


Wine Barrel–Aged Saison + Dark Chocolate

If you’ve been saving a bottle of red wine–barrel saision and you live in one of those fancy neighborhoods where your neighbors try to one up each other by handing out the really expensive stuff or are just recycling those international chocolates left over from last Christmas, give the pair a try. The Belgians know a thing or two about chocolate and saison, and the right red wine will only help to boost the flavors of the cocoa.

Coffee Beer + Jelly Belly Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Mix

A good glass of java-infused ale deserves the right complement. Jelly Belly, the makers of all kinds of flavors of jelly beans, has partnered with Krispy Kreme, the doughnut chain, to produce a a variety pack with flavors that include Original Glazed, Strawberry Iced, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles, Glazed Blueberry Cake, and Cinnamon Apple Filled.

Pastry Stout + Oral Health

There’s always that one buzzkill in the neighborhood who hands out dental-care packets. Maybe that local tooth-health enthusiast is on to something. Pastry stouts, brewed with donuts, candy, pounds of chocolate, and sugar are plenty sweet on their own. So after the kids are down and you’ve polished off a glass of carbonated confectionary alcohol, maybe give those chompers a good scrubbing.

John Holl is the Senior Editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email tips and story suggestions to [email protected].