It’s Halloween! That means it’s time for some bewitching brews and seasonal specials to spook your tastebuds!
Here’s a list of our Top 10 Halloween themed beers. Don’t worry, there’s only one pumpkin beer…
Rogue Ales – Dead Guy Ale
Styled on a German maibock – it’s a multi-award winning beer – a malty, honey-coloured beer which is actually available all year round but comes in special ‘Dead Guy Glow’ packaging in September-October for the spooky season.
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Amundsen Bryggeri – Zombie Juice
To quote the brewery, this hazy tropical New England Pale was “brewed to quench your thirst after days of soullessly wandering around looking for fresh humans to gobble up”.
The Lost Abbey – Witch’s Wit
A Belgian witbier style brew, spiced with grapefruit zest, orange peel and coriander.
Brooklyn Brewery – Post Road Pumpkin Ale
We don’t love pumpkin beers but it’s tradition, you gotta have at least one every Halloween. This seasonal brew from Brooklyn Brewery is the best pumpkin ale we’ve tried. It’s available from August ’til November.
Great Divide – Yeti
Is a Yeti a Halloween creature? It’s a big spooky beast, at least, so we reckon it counts. This beer is also a big spooky beast, an Imperial Stout weighing in at 9.5%. It’s actually available all year round but there’s a few incarnations including a Chocolate Oak Aged version, so keep your eye out for that.
Siren – Counting Vampires
According to old English folklore, growing blackberries near your home would ward off any vampires that happened to be passing your door. Apparently Vampires were fond of counting berries, so this would distract them and they’d forget what they were there for. Like the Count in Sesame Street, I guess? Wait, is that why vampires were always called Count?!
Anyway, this dark IPA is brewed with plenty of fresh blackberries and blackberry puree, so you should be safe this Halloween.
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I don't count sheep. I count vampires. It might have something to do with me stealing Dracula's coffin as I didn't have enough money for a new Ikea mattress. Luckily, I've been getting my daily supplement of blackberries thanks to @sirencraftbrew in the hope that will keep the fanged f#cker away. Super dank and tart, this really is a unique IPA combining lemon, blackberry jam, orange and damp pine. Lovely. #SirenCraftBrew #CountingVampires #CraftBeer #BeerGeek #BeerPorn #BeerFarts #Beer #BeerAndToys #AFOL
Dogfish – Flesh & Blood IPA
Alright, so a little tenuous this one. It’s actually a fruity IPA brewed with lemon flesh, sweet orange peel and blood orange juice. It may be a Halloween beer in name alone but it’s great so it’s going on the list.
The Veil – We Ded Mon
A massive beer, a Triple IPA clocking in at 11%, 100% hopped with Citra. We tried this one last week at Mash Beer Festival in Barcelona and were blown away. An amazing, dangerous beer, perfect for raising hell this Halloween.
Odyssey Brew Co – Hop Zombie Blood
This was a brew we picked up last Halloween – not sure if it’s been brewed again this year or if it was a one-off… There was an Imperial version too. A big, blood-coloured red ale – it literally looked like a pint of blood, and how cool is that artwork (in the featured image above)?! Zombies!
Clown Shoes – Undead Party Crasher
A beer formerly known as Vampire Slayer. The name change was a result of legal issues – hence the rebranded artwork! It’s a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory and ash.
What are you drinking this Halloween? What’s your favourite spooky brew? Does anyone actually like Pumpkin beers? Let us know in the comments below!