If you’re trying to pair candy with beer this Halloween, just don’t. All the sugar and artificial flavoring in sweets decimates your palate, so any nuances you hoped to find in the glass will be rendered irrelevant, drowned out by the saccharine onslaught of Snickers and candy corn.
Thankfully, there’s another way.
Craft breweries across the U.S. (and abroad) constantly experiment with dessert-inspired flavors like licorice, salted caramel, and toasted coconut, making it possible for adults to drink their candy. Now, if only people would start giving out these beers instead of candy corn on Halloween. We’d start trick-or-treating again for sure.
Here are 10 candy-inspired beers for Halloween, with a few tasting notes from BeerMenus.com staff cicerone, John Federico.
Perrin Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter
From: Comstock Park, MI
Candy equivalent: Whoppers
Federico says: “A complex, somewhat-boozy take on an old-school favorite.” (Photo: Cory Morse/MLive.com)
Lindemans Pomme (Apple) Lambic
Lakefront Leinenkugel Licorice Porter
From: Chippewa Falls, WI
Candy equivalent: Licorice
Federico says: “Sweeter than expected with just a hint of licorice flavor.” (Photo: Beer Capitol)
From: Abingdon, MD
Candy equivalent: Reese’s
Federico says: “A nicely-balanced combo of coffee, chocolate, and peanut butter makes this the perfect adult answer to the peanut butter cup.” (Photo: DuClaw Brewing Co.)
From: Frederick, MD
Candy equivalent: Andes Mints
Federico says: “A good after-dinner beer with strong mint and subtle chocolate notes.” (Photo: Flying Dog Brewery)
New Belgium Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
From: Fort Collins, CO
Candy equivalent: Chocolate with a touch of sea salt
Federico says: “Skip dessert and pour yourself this decadent dark elixir, heavy on the chocolate and light on the salt.” (Photo: New Belgium Brewing)
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale
From: Newport, OR
Candy equivalent: Raspberry-chocolate truffle
Federico says: “Chocolate and raspberry dominate the aroma and flavor of this experimental brew, which has just a hint of salty pretzel.” (Photo: Facebook/Rogue Ales)
Peace Tree Cornucopia
From: Ashland, OR
Candy equivalent: Mounds
Federico says: “It’s like a creamy liquid Mounds bar, with more roast and less sweet.” (Photo: Caldera Brewing)