Trick-or-treating is about to take on a whole new meaning for grown-ups. We present the 2017 Craft Beer & Brewing candy and craft-beer pairings for Halloween.
M&Ms + Barrel-Aged Beer
Barrel-aged beers are a lot like these tasty treats: rich, bold, and bite-size in a good way.
- Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu's
- Avery Rumpkin
- Toppling Goliath SR-71 (Barrel Aged)
- The Bruery Black Tuesday
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups + Cream Ale
Cleanse out the peanut butter and chocolate punch with a fresh cream ale; these two are better together.
- Carton Brewing Café Y' Churro
- Neshaminy Creek Croydon Cream Ale
- Stoneyard Brewing Toasted Coconut Kareem Ale
- Full Sail Brewery Session Cream
Starburst + Saison
The perfect outdoor treat for your candy hangover, these two complement each other with a juicy blast, followed by a nice estery palate cleanser.
- Side Project Tête De Cuvée
- Boulevard Brewing Tank 7
- Firestone Walker Opal
- Hill Farmstead Clover
Hot Tamales + IPA
Have some hops to cut the heat in these sweet, spicy candies. Go for an IPA that’s more on the floral side (as opposed to the piney or citrusy side).
- Tree House JJJULIUSSS
- Trillium Melcher Street
- Tired Hands Milksaint Fiver
- La Cumbre Brewing Co. Elevated IPA
Candy Corn + Light Lager
Tame the intensity of the sugar of candy corn with a smooth, dry-finishing lager that will also bring out the candy’s caramel flavors.
- Fieldwork Shower Beer
- Iron Duke Generosity
- Bottle Logic Ginga Gaiden
- Short's Brewing Citra Local's
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars + Milk Stout
Pair milk chocolate Hershey’s bars with a smooth, full-bodied milk stout. The added lactose in the beer will enhance the creaminess of the chocolate. Try these milk stouts for starters:
- Pipeworks The End of Days (Barrel Aged)
- Night Shift El Lechedor
- The Veil Hornswoggler
- Terrapin Moo-HooChiato
Carmel Apple Suckers + Cider
Choose the dry, fruit flavors to accentuate that apple acidity and extra sweetness of these suckers.
- Ciderboys First Press
- Foggy Ridge First Fruits
- Angry Orchard Muse
- Woodchuck Belgian White
Pop Rocks + Funky, Sour Beer
Attenuate the tartness and effervescence of Pop Rocks with a funky, sour ale. This combination will finish nice and dry and leave your tongue tingling.
- Alpine Chez Monus
- American Solera Foeder Cerise
- Great Notion Blueberry Muffin
- Green Man Bootsy
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses + Raspberry Ale
Try Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses with the crispness and the tartness of a Belgian-style ale with raspberries or a raspberry wheat ale.
- Funkwerks Belgian-Style Raspberry Provincial Ale
- New Glarus Brewing Co. Raspberry Tart
- Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Ruby Raspberry Wheat
- Breakwater Brewing Co. Raspberry Creek
Butterfinger Bars + Bock
A traditional German-style bock is a lot like this popular candy bar: dark in color, with sweet caramel aromas and rich, roasty malt flavors. Try these beers with Butterfingers:
- Tröegs Brewing Troegenator
- Heater Allen Hugo Bock
- Samuel Adams Double Bock
- Great Dane Pub Uber Bock
What craft beer and candy pairings do you recommend?
Bonn Place Brewing Mr. Harry’s Pig Tale Extra Pale Recipe
From Sam Masotto at Bonn Place Brewing, this isn't an IPA because it’s not fully English, but it is a nice hybrid, “strong,” hoppy pale ale! A blend of New World hops and English malt and yeast brewed in the traditional English style, single-infusion mash.
Podcast Episode 21: New Belgium's Wood Cellar Director & Blender Lauren Limbach
Jamie is joined by American sour beer pioneer Lauren Limbach of New Belgium Brewing, and they talk about the evolution of New Belgium’s sour beer program, from the earliest days two decades ago to the advances in analytics and technical process today.