The Spookiest Beers of the Season
Our most revered Halloween ritual involves children donning costumes, armed with buckets, heading out into twilight to solicit neighbors for candy. If you’ve found yourself too old to dress up as a toilet paper mummy, it doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a treat or two on All Hallows’ Eve. If you need some inspiration for what to pair with your candy corn and fun size chocolate bars, here are some spooky Halloween-appropriate American craft beers.
Three Floyds Hopped in Half
Last year, we announced Three Floyds as the “winner” of Halloween beer. The Indiana brewery celebrates gore and the horror genre all year long with its beer naming conventions and often disturbing artwork. Hopped in Half is a pilsener with 5.3% alcohol by volume and mild notes of pepper and lemon. You can’t miss this 22 oz. bomber sitting on shelves thanks to its label art which showcases a brightly colored rendering of a demon beast cleaved into a cross section. Hopped in Half was brewed with input from the death metal band Obituary.
Cigar City GWAR Oderus Ale
Celebrate the life of former glam-horror band GWAR vocalist Oderus Urungus by drinking a refreshing pale ale from Tampa’s favorite sons. GWAR rocked stages around the world all the while dressed as interstellar barbarians. As such, you might think its namesake beer would be a big, brutal mess. Quite the contrary, Oderus Ale is fresh, bright and tropical, brewed to be enjoyed in mass quantities during the annual GWAR B-Q fan celebration.
Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killa
It wouldn’t be a proper haunting without a ghost. Colorado brewery Twisted Pine went for the baddest spirit around, the ghost pepper chile, to spice up this not-for-the-faint-of-heart brew. In addition to ghost peppers, Ghost Face Killa also features Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeño, serrano and habanero peppers, making it one of the hottest beers you can choke down. It’s just the thing to keep you warm during your late night outdoor seance.
You may not associate chopped up bodies, space warlords and specters with craft beer options. But these three brews will definitely scare up your taste buds and get you in the Halloween spirit.