All Hallows’ Eve… A night for conjuring spirits, an evening of transformation, a time for embracing the macabre and indulging in strange and thrilling delights. Don’t get tricked into drinking soulless concoctions this Halloween, treat yourself to some deliciously spooky brews that will ignite the senses and challenge your perceptions of flavour. From a potent imperial stout to a seasonal pumpkin IPA, here lies a devilish selection that will guarantee one hell of a night! Whatever your plans, whether it’s a ghoulish party, a Halloween movie marathon or digging out the Ouija board to have a chat with Grandma, don’t let yourself be haunted by the horrors of a bad beer.
P.s. I don’t think that’s Grandma…
Beavertown – Stingy Jack – Spiced Ale 7.2%
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… at least for Stingy Jack. Beavertown’s spiced pumpkin ale is perfect for the long autumnal nights and tastes extra-special beneath a full Halloween moon. The Tottenham brewery tossed in an intoxicating mixture of spices at the end of the boil as well as roast pumpkins glazed in maple syrup. The result: a mischievous celebration of everyone’s favourite winter squash.
Pumpkin IPA – 6.7% – 355ml
Brewed in honour of Thanksgiving but perfectly acceptable for Halloween consumption, Maryland’s Flying Dog have carved out an extra-special seasonal IPA that takes full advantage of Hallertau and Hersbrucker hops, a rich malty base bolstered by brown oats, and bucketloads of pulpy pumpkin goodness. An India Pumpkin Ale that will transport your taste buds all the way to the good ol’ USA.
Northern Monk – Dark Arches – Black IPA
With the colour of rich Porter but the punch of hops associated with IPA, Northern Monk’s Black IPA is true deception in a glass. Three dry hop additions give this beer a scintillating aroma of pine and tropical fruit, while hints of toasted malt mix with big layers of US hop character from the addition of Simcoe and Mosaic varieties. What will you discover within the Dark Arches?
Brooklyn – Post Road – Pumpkin Spiced Ale 5%
Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a revival of a beer brewed by the early American colonists. Pumpkins were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious -they also blended nicely with barley malt. Patch upon patch of the spooky orange buggers are mercilessly blended into each batch. It’s a real horror show out in Brooklyn. Post Road Pumpkin Ale is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, pours a lovely shade of amber and fills your belly with delicious and warming pumpkin souls.
Victory Brewing – HopDevil – IPA 6.7%
You’ve heard of witches’ brew, well this is the Devil’s brew. Bold spicy and menacingly delicious this American hopped India Pale Ale offers an aromatic punch and then follows through with a lasting, full-bodied finish provided by quality German malts. All the way from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, this celebrated IPA is perfect for toasting the many evocative sights, sounds and flavours of the spookiest holiday of the year.
Buxton – Rain Shadow – Stout 10%
Perhaps the most monstrous and darkly delectable of the lot, Buxton Brewery’s Rain Shadow is a beastly brew. Stronger than your average bear and more flavour-packed than a weekend away with Ainsley Harriott, the imperial stout will rip a hole in the sun and summon a hair-raisingly good drinking experience. Perfect for a final halloween hurrah or sharing with fellow ghosts and ghouls, it’s about time you spent some time lurking in the shadows.