It’s one of those things that no one ever tells you about when you’re young. You’re going to grow up, and consuming copious amounts of sugar at Halloween will not be as appealing as it once was. It’s perhaps not surprising then that many of us are choosing to spend our Halloween out in the nation’s bars and pubs, it’s the second biggest single event for the UK On-Trade after New Year’s Eve.
In the spirit of the spooky season, we’ve pulled together a collection of some beers in our range that are sure to delight as much as 8 consecutive Mars Bars did as a child. Customers are more willing than ever to experiment with their drinks choice, and offering special Halloween beers is one way that you can maximise the potential of the season. Take a look at our list below and let us know in the comments below if you will be stocking some!
Bucket of Blood, St. Austell >
Available in October, this seasonal cask ale is spookily spicy. This classic red ale has become a feature of Halloween. It is full with a malty toffee palate and a good bitter skeletal backbone finish. Made with a mix of Perle, Aurora, Cascade and Centennial hops and Maris Otter Pale, Dark Crystal, Wheat and Chocolate malts it gives roasted notes and spice on the nose with a biscuity and spicy taste.
It takes its name from the St Austell Bucket of Blood pub, in Hayle. The site got its name, or so it is said after instead of pulling up a bucket of water from the well beneath the pub, the landlord pulled up a bucket of blood and subsequently discovered the body of the local taxman down beneath. Of course, he now haunts the pub.
Day of the Dead Hefeweizen >
Part of our Boutique Beers range, the Day of the Dead range is produced in Mexico in honour of the 3000-year-old Aztec festival where the deceased are honoured. The Day of the Dead ceremonies included using parts of the skeleton, most commonly the skull. Relatives placed native marigolds in the eye sockets to reflect the life that once was.
From the range, we’ve selected the Hefeweizen. Those of you in the know will recognise this as a style of wheat beer typically produced in Germany’s south. We think that wheat beer’s come into their own around this time of year as ice-cold lagers make way for more indulgent styles. The beer is a golden colour wheat beer with a delicate balance of banana esters and clove phenolics. Excellent medium body and moderate bitterness, with the unfiltered and cloudy appearance adding some intrigue.
Flying Dog Pale Ale, Flying Dog Brewery >
In 1983, a group led by astrophysicist George Stranahan conquered the world’s second largest Mountain, K2. A climb of extreme difficulty, by many regarded as more difficult than Everest. The main problem they encountered along the way, however, was running out of beer on day 17. After returning from the mountain and settling in for a well-deserved beer, George was struck by a strange sight. On the wall across from him was a large oil painting depicting a flying dog.
The image stuck with him, it was such as strange sight. Since 1990 when George founded his brewery in Aspen, Colorado, they have produced some of the best American craft beers in their own indomitable creative spirit. All named for the Flying Dog. This image is what adorns the Flying Dog Pale Ale, imagery that's down to the friendship between a certain Hunter S. Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman. The alpha of the pack, Flying Dog Pale Ale complements a wide range of foods. Grassy, citrus, and slight perfume hop aromas with a subtle sweet malt body.
Hobgoblin, Wychwood >
A Hobgoblin is a small, hairy mischievous spirit fond of practical jokes and often found around the house. They are easily annoyed and can be dangerous so be careful if you ever come across one.
Their beer namesake, Wychwood’s Hobgoblin is also mischievous. It’s traditionally brewed with Chocolate and Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings and Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, ruby red beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character.
Timmermans Pêche >
And now for something completely different. No story of demons or ghouls to tell, just a great tasting beer that we think suits the season. Timmermans Pêche is a lambic beer from Belgium. The brewery dates back to 1702 and is the world's oldest existing Lambic brewery. Lambic beers are the product of "spontaneous fermentation" practised by only a handful of brewers.
Lambic beer’s by nature are tart but by adding natural peach flavouring to lambic fermenting in oak barrels, this beer’s characteristic aroma is very pleasant on the nose, and it has a velvety flavour and a creamy foam. A mature beer with a powerful fruity aroma, sweet and fruity flavour with just a hint of bitterness from the peach kernel and skin.
Treacle Treat, Wadworth >
I don’t know about you, but the flavours that come to mind for me at Halloween are toffee and treacle. Thankfully, Wadworth Brewery has given us a way of indulging in the sweet taste of treacle with their new Halloween beer. Treacle Treat is ghoulishly good. With an ABV of 4.2%, this spooky Halloween ale packs a punch too!
This Halloween ale is likely to take you by surprise over the ghoulish period. It’s an apocalyptic Autumn ale sweetened with the addition of treacle syrup. Target hops are combined with Pale Ale, Crystal, Brown and Black malts. The addition of treacle and liquorice root make this beer sinfully good.
Club of Slaughters, Wylam Brewery >
We couldn’t do a list of Halloween beers without including a stout, it’s all the better when we get the opportunity to include a ‘Vegan-Friendly Slaughterhouse Stout’. There are a few we could have selected from the Wylam range, Hickey The Rake, Häxan Black Wit and Jakehead all have labels to give you nightmares.
Prior to their relocation to the incredible Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, Newcastle and the upscale of their Brewhouse to 30BBL, their beers were only found in North East where they developed a reputation for quality. Their increased brew length now enables them to reach out to thirsty palates across the UK.
And those thirsty palates will be well quenched with this beer, with a flavour described as “an electro narcosis of peat smoke pitch, dark cocoa and oiled black cardamon, rib rattle into subtle bolt gusts of port wine and espresso pursued by a dark cherry red grape skin tartness.”
Madness IPA, Wild Beer Co. >
When Wild Beer’s Brett first arrived in the UK, seven years ago, he couldn't believe that big US west coast style IPA beers weren't readily available. He, of course, had to set to work creating them using four classic American hops renowned for their citrus and resinous characteristics. Amarillo, Citra, Centennial and Columbus.
The naming for the beer comes from Brett’s take on the style, “if you’re making an IPA and you’re not thinking to yourself 'This amount of hops is madness you’re not putting enough in." The product is unsurprisingly a big hoppy beer with punchy ABV but balanced with malt sweetness and clean fermentation. As refreshing and delicious as it is brash and bitter!
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