A good argument can be made that Halloween is an even better day when you’re an adult.
Sure, as a kid you get to don a great costume and prowl the neighbourhood after dark to fill a bag with free candy. But as an adult, you can still put on a kickass costume, and let’s be honest, as a parent you have the liberty of raiding the candy bags after the kids are in bed. Plus, there are great parties to be had, with music, dancing, delicious food and cold drinks, especially if those cold drinks include any of our four crafts brews.
Beer is a great addition to any Halloween party; it also makes the sweet treats handed out at the door even sweeter. Before dipping into the Halloween bag, here are the things you need to know before pairing your favourite beer with your favourite Halloween candy.
Steam Whistle Pilsner
The crisp purity of Steam Whistle Pilsner cuts through the sweetness of almost any candy. But the combination of the hard candy shell coating around the pure milk chocolate of M&M’s or Smarties is too good to not have with a cold pure pilsner.
Steam Whistle Pale Ale
With a hop forward taste and a touch of citrus, this Pale Ale is divine with the subtle mixture of sweet and heat of cinnamon candies like Hot Lips. Keep this pairing in mind a few months later when Valentine’s Day rolls around and cinnamon hearts are all the rage.
Von Bugle Munich Lager
A true Canadian favourite at Halloween is peanut butter cups and other peanut butter-based treats, bringing together sweet with a touch of salty. The toasty flavours in this German-inspired beer are a great pair with the peanut butter, and the slight hoppy flavour balances the sweetness of the chocolate – a perfect beer to pair with some of your Halloween favourites.
Fat Tire Amber Ale
Aromas of caramel and a toasty flavour make Fat Tire a great combo for any caramel infused treat – especially ones with a chocolate base. Think of your classic treats like Caramilk, Mars or Three Musketeers. Or skip the chocolate part and enjoy it with a Mackintosh toffee bar or soft caramel squares. A bonus, little ones shouldn’t be indulging in sticky caramel anyways *wink face*.
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