Just because adults are too old for trick or treating on Halloween, that doesn’t stop the temptation of sneaking a chocolate bar or two from the left-over candy bowl.
While we can’t go door-to-door asking for candy, adults can enjoy a cold one at the end of Halloween night. When the kids go to bed and it’s time to relax, pair your favorite candy with one of these beers for the perfect combination.
Mother Earth Cali Creamin Ale pairs great with left-over candy corn. Candy corn is high in sugar so a low-hopped cream ale will chase it down smooth. A cream ales slightly fruity notes will enhance the honey flavor in candy corn.
Zero Gravity Oktoberfest will complement the richness of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. With just a touch of hops, the lager will bring out the salty flavor of the peanut butter. It’ll be reminiscent of eating a brazen at an Oktoberfest Feast.
With creamy milk chocolate and smooth caramel, Twix bars enjoyed with a wheat beer like Allagash White will bring out the oat-like flavor of the drink. The banana and clove notes in wheat beer bring out the shortbread flavors in Twix bars.
Chocolate and raspberry have always been a great pairing. Wash down those Hersey Chocolate Bars with a 10 Barrel Raspberry Sour Crush. The crisp and refreshing beer will contrast with the bitterness of chocolate. That’s why fruit and chocolate pairings are so popular.
Bring those Tootsie Rolls to the next level by having them with a barley wine beer. Firestone Walker Sucaba Barrel Aged Barley Wine has hints of dark chocolate and vanilla, that welcome the richness of the candy. Tootsie Rolls will balance the biscuit notes of the ale.
Milk Duds are a Halloween staple. They provide that perfect chocolate and caramel pairing that will make you come back for more. Enjoy a Dry Dock Amber Ale with those little chewy treats. The bitterness of the amber ale will balance out the sweetness of the Milk Dud.
While Dots may be looked at as the most unwanted candy in the Halloween basket, you’re more than likely going to get a few on Halloween. Don’t worry, the chewy fruit pillows go great with an IPA. New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA has a creamy and hoppy finish that will pair perfectly with the gumdrop candy.