It’s not all about the kids this Halloween. Ok it’s mostly about the kids but when the trick or treating is finished why not relax with a little grown up treat! Once the pitter-patter of tiny ghouls, minions and fairy princesses have left my door these are the beers I’ll be enjoying this Halloween.
First up, to keep in the spirits of things, it has to be some pumpkin beer. An American innovation that started in the colonial era when early settlers had difficulty acquiring good malted grain, the native pumpkin on the other hand were plentiful. In general pumpkin beer is smooth with a sweet, malty backbone and added spice. For a traditional take on pumpkin beer try Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. Another great option is from Irish brewers, Trouble Brewing, who have chosen to first roast their pumpkins then up the spice level with added ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg for their Pumpkin Brew.
If like me you are expecting to have some “left over” chocolate that needs to be eaten then a perfect match is stout or porter. Smoky porters work exceptionally well with the smoothness of chocolate. For a subdued take on this style the Metalman Heatsink, with its light addition of cayenne pepper, is hard to beat. For a more full-on approach the smoky, dark and robust Beavertown Smog Rocket is one to savour. Happy Halloween!