I went on a quest through the DRAFT Archives to resurrect some of the Halloween-themed beers from over the years. Read on… if you’re not afraid of ghosts, zombies, vampires and werewolves.
Legend has it a werewolf haunts the countryside surrounding the Newcastle brewery. The beer starts out almost brown-ale-ish, with nice bread and berry malt notes completely covering the palate; but just as quickly as the malt shows up, sharp rye and hops shove it away, drying out the mouth with grainy notes and bitterness. A nice grainy, almost roasty note settles onto the tongue. The beer sips much bigger than its ABV.
According to Wikipedia, zombie dust is a drug cocktail favored by Motley Crue, and “it gets its name from the perceived effects that your body is awake but your head is asleep, as well as the feeling of euphoria.” Yikes. There beer of the same name includes citra hops, giving the beer a orange, grapefruit and tropical mango notes.
Dead reckoning is the method by which sailors in the 1300s would navigate the open waters using gut instinct and whatever skills available. Some made it to shore, and others became shark bait. This unfiltered porter is full of flavorful chocolate and roasted malts—it’s so savory it’ll keep you steering in a safe direction.
A 10% monster that blends exceptionally rich chocolate and roasted malts with vanilla, dark fruits and wisps of smoke. Today, this recipe has been resurrected and called Undead Party Crasher as an ode to fighting trademark attorneys.
Although brewed in celebration of the snow ghosts who haunt the mountains in Montana, this beer’s nothing to fear. Sweet, toasted malt scents blend with spicy hops for a robust aroma that’s balanced and aggressive. On the tongue, malts transition from toasted to crackerlike as the beer washes back, with hints of chocolate popping up along the way. Hops show some muscle throughout the swallow, lending a rustic flavor while a rush of bitterness scrapes the tongue clean. Snow Ghost clocks in at only 5.9%-ABV, but its hefty presence leaves you feeling a little warm inside.