By now, you're probably seen articles boasting wine and candy pairings
for the Halloween season cross your newsfeed. Which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing. But if you prefer to match your malt balls with malted grains, beer pairings are where its at. Craft Beer and Brewing magazine
has risen to the challenge with a lengthy list of brews that go well with a wide range of sweets.
Below is a sampling of their selections. Check out the full list here
, and give us your suggestions in the comments.
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars + Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado) Milk Stout
"Pair milk chocolate Hershey’s bars with a smooth, full-bodied milk stout. The added lactose in the beer will enhance the creaminess of the chocolate."
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses + Breakwater Brewing Co. (Oceanside, California) Raspberry Creek
"Try Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses with the crispness and the tartness of a Belgian-style ale with raspberries or a raspberry wheat ale."
Butterfinger Bars + Heater Allen Brewing (McMinnville, Oregon) Hugo Bock
"A traditional German-style bock is a lot like this popular candy bar: dark in color, with sweet caramel aromas and rich, roasty malt flavors."
Hot Tamales + Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon) Chainbreaker White IPA
"Have some hops to cut the heat in these sweet, spicy candies. Go for an IPA that’s more on the floral side (as opposed to the piney or citrusy side)."
Candy Corn + Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Pumpkin Lager
"Tame the intensity of the sugar of candy corn with a smooth, dry-finishing lager that will also bring out the candy’s caramel flavors."
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups + Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California) Rum Barrel-Aged Sea Monster Imperial Stout
"Barrel-aged beers are a lot like these tasty treats: rich, bold, and chewy in a good way."
Carmel Apple Suckers + Boundary Bay Brewery (Bellingham, Washington) Old Bounder Barley Wine
"Choose the bold and complex flavors of a barleywine to stand up to the apple acidity and extra sweetness of these suckers."
Pop Rocks + Prairie Artisan Ales (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Cherry Funk!
"Attenuate the tartness and effervescence of Pop Rocks with a funky, sour ale. This combination will finish nice and dry and leave your tongue tingling."
As you can see, there's just one Bend brew on the list. Help us fill in the blanks with your own recommendations.