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10 haunting beers for Halloween

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Put down the punch and pick up some of these ghoulish brews for your All Hallows Eve celebration.

 

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

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.

 

Tyranena The Headless Man

According to Tyranena, this beer was created in homage to the ancient peoples that once inhabited Wisconsin and left behind only stone monuments and effigy mounds. Two mounds in particular (one of a headless man, and the other, a turtle) depict how the turtle spirit guided man into the afterlife.

 

AleSmith Horny Devil

The caramelized sugars, malts, hops and coriander that make up this Belgian strong ale are almost otherworldly. But whether it was the horny Devil himself that brewed this beer in a cauldron on the cliffs of eternal damnation, or just the folks at AleSmith Brewing, we think it better to drink first and ask questions later.

 

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Brewed with 150 pounds of the orange squash in each batch, this beer is perfect for anyone that considers gorging on pumpkin pie a highlight of the fall season. It’s also got enough nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice to ward off any unwanted spirits.

 

Eel River Raven’s Eye

This dark, espresso-color imperial stout is a nice accompaniment to chilly autumnal air. As popularized by Edgar Allan Poe, the raven has long been considered a foreboding creature whose presence is an omen of ill things to come. We can assure you, however, unless you throw back a large quantity of these 9.5%-ABV brews, this raven should bring nothing but cheer.

 

R&B Hop Goblin IPA

Known to be extremely temperamental, horrifically disfigured and generally associated with the realm of all things evil, goblins are unwelcome spirits, and the last thing we want is their greedy hands latching onto our precious hop crops. Despite the unsettling imagery, Hop Goblin uses five types of hops and measures 45 IBUs, which will help us forget what we were scared of in the first place.

 

5 Seasons Witch’s Brew

For those attempting to ward off midnight encounters with the minions of the underworld, Witch’s Brew might be the perfect potion. Concocted with bits of yarrow, Irish moss and garlic, this English-style pale ale has enough hop bite to keep you on your toes and out of the shadows.

 

Boulder Creek Ghost Rail Pale Ale

This time of year a good ol’ haunting is just what the witchdoctor ordered. Back in earlier days, Boulder Creek, Calif. shipped its freshly downed timber to the Santa Cruz wharf via railroad. The steam engine could be a dangerous beast and the fate of some workers was better than others. Today, Boulder Creek Brewing makes this spooky pale ale “for those hearty souls that still ride the rails.”

 

Gritty McDuff’s Halloween Ale

This offering is released for Halloween season, and the image on the label is a disturbing depiction of a decapitated man holding onto his own smiling head by the hair. If you’re throwing a Halloween bash, this extra special bitter is a must-have: A few of these 6%-ABV brews will spice up any humdrum bobbing-for-apples game.

 

ReaperAle Deathly Pale Ale

It may have a pleasant blend of floral and citrus notes, but be forewarned, this is a frighteningly tasty experience, and the ominous image of the Grim Reaper on the label will have you looking over your shoulder with each sip. Deathly Pale is an American-style strong ale, and with a 6.2% ABV, is certain to calm your nerves should you stumble upon ReaperAle’s horror-themed Web site.

 


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