Craft-Beer Pairings for Five of Your Favorite Halloween Candies

The following article comes courtesy of Craft Beer and Brewing magazine, the beer-lover's top source for brewing tips, beer news and beer gear. 

Trick-or-treating is about to take on a whole new meaning for grown-ups. We present the Craft Beer and Brewing's candy and craft-beer pairings for Halloween:

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars + 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. Try these milk stouts for starters:

  • Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan, Kansas) Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout
  • Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado) Milk Stout
  • Great Basin Brewing Company (Reno, Nevada) Outlaw Milk Stout
  • Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Milk Stout

Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses + Raspberry Ale

Try Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses with the crispness and the tartness of a Belgian-style ale with raspberries or a raspberry wheat ale.

  • Funkwerks (Fort Collins, Colorado) Belgian-Style Raspberry Provincial Ale
  • New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, Wisconsin) Raspberry Tart
  • Mad Anthony Brewing Co. (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Ruby Raspberry Wheat
  • Breakwater Brewing Co. (Oceanside, California) Raspberry Creek

Butterfinger Bars + 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. Try these beers with Butterfingers:

  • Tröegs Brewing Co. (Hershey, Pennsylvania) Troegenator
  • Heater Allen Brewing (McMinnville, Oregon) Hugo Bock
  • Samuel Adams (Boston, Massachusetts) Double Bock
  • Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. (Madison, Wisconsin) Uber Bock

Hot Tamales + 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).

  • Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colorado) Perle White IPA
  • Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon) Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Marin Brewing Company (Larkspur, California) Three Flowers IPA
  • La Cumbre Brewing Co. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Elevated IPA

Candy Corn + Light 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.

  • Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Pumpkin Lager
  • Uinta Brewing (Salt Lake City, Utah) 801 Pilsner
  • Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis, Indiana) Popcorn Pilsner
  • Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City, Missouri) Reverb Imperial Pilsner