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Halloween Brews

Here are a few Halloween-themed beer recommendations:

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Nosferatu

This beer will satisfy both the malt and hop lover in you. The taste introduces a rich malt front, followed by caramel with a slight nuttiness to it. Hopped with Simcoe and Cascade, a piney and citrusy hop bitterness arrive midway and lingers into the finish. An imperial red ale is fitting for a beer named after the infamous vampire. Be wary of the 8.0% abv though, as one too many encounters with the legendary Nosferatu may put you down.

Wychwood Brewery

Located in the United Kingdom, Wychwood Brewery seems to have the corner market on Halloween-themed beers. Hobgoblin is the self-proclaimed “Unofficial Beer of Halloween” according to their web site. The beer is an English brown ale, and the brewery’s description: “Traditionally brewed to produce a wonderfully well balanced blend of smooth, rich & satisfying flavours from chocolate & crystal malts combined with a crisp, refreshing bitterness from Styrian, Goldings and Fuggles hops.

Wychwood also makes Wychcraft, an English Pale Ale.
“A seductive blend of Pale, Lager and Cara Malts give a light and gentle base of delicious dry, biscuity flavours, while the addition of English Fuggles, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops…”

I was less impressed with their Scarecrow, another English Pale Ale.
…combination of tart citric fruit flavours perfectly balanced by a rich biscuity maltiness and rounded off with a spicy bittersweet finish.

Newcastle Werewolf
The makers of Newcastle Brown Ale are branching out by introducing a line of seasonal beers for 2011. Werewolf is their limited edition fall seasonal. It’s a red ale brewed with rye malt. Supposedly it has a subtle berry flavor to it. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen this on store shelves yet, but I haven’t been looking that hard for it either. Might be worth a try if you’re a Newcastle fan.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Another awesome beer that’s good anytime really. Dead Guy Ale is a Maibock, brewed in honor of the Mayan Day of the Dead, (November 1st, All Souls Day). It has a nice citrusy aroma with a hoppy floral boquette. Smooth front with a crisp textured finish. Sweet and citrusy upfront with a biscuity malt goodness. Flavorful finish from the Saaz hops is just perfect.

Unibroue Maudite
Luckily, you don’t have to pledge your soul to the devil to enjoy this Strong Belgian Dark Ale from Canada. Legend has it 8 lumberjacks struck a deal with the devil to get them home for the holidays. Maudite (the damned) pours a cloudy amber with a spicy yeast and fruity aroma. The beers has a sharp carbonation and a warming finish from the 8% abv.

Pumpkin Ales
If you throw a bottle cap this time of year in any good beer shop your bound to hit a sixer of pumpkin ale. There are too many to list here and besides each region has its own offerings. Some are more widely available than others. So seek out your local offerings. I feel pumpkin beers are truly a seasonal style, since for me anyway, they lose their appeal after Thanksgiving, but are enjoyable around Halloween and deep into Autumn.

  1. November 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Do your self a favor and stay away from Newcastle werewolf. It was pretty bad. Here is our review

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