21st Amendment & Elysian Brewing He Said/She Said – Bit of a cheat since this is a collaboration with Elysian and a set of two beers, but an interesting look on how an ingredient affects a beer style and vice versa.
Pair with a Charlie Brown Linus outfit since Elysian is known for their Great Pumpkin beer festival and a Twix to share amongst the two beers.
Mike Hess Brewing Magna Cucurbita – In Latin, which Hess beers are named in, this translates into Great Pumpkin.
Pair with a costume of Archimedes or any other smart Roman and a Butterfinger bar to call back to experiments in water displacement from dropping items in a bath.
Twisted Manzanita Witch’s Hair – A big beer coming in at 9.5% ABV with notes of brown sugar and clove from this Santee brewery.
Pair with D’uh. A witch or Warlock costume and a box of raisins. You always get a box of raisins on Halloween.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Pinchy Jeek Barl – Another foreign language name, this time Boont. All you need to know, aged in former Wild Turkey barrels.
Pair with an Okie/Homesteader look like from Of Mice and Men and a Nestle Crunch bar.
The Lost Abbey Avant Gourde – A non-traditional pumpkin base beer, Biere de Garde, accented with clove, mace and cinnamon.
Pair with a pope costume or something similarly religious and a Snickers.
If you are looking for something scarier. Like the mist rising out of a sinister looking graveyard that is lit by a pale light emanating from beneath your feet, then maybe you should check out The Bruery‘s new beer, Ignis Fattus, a robust porter from the Orange County brewery is made with pumpkin puree and fall spices. Then run!
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.