Itâ€™s late into the night of October 31st. The constant doorbell introductions to costume-clad kiddies has finally ended. Your own kids have scoured their candy bags for their favorites; their sugar high has, at long last, worn off and the subsequent crash has led them to bed and you finally have some quiet respite. This eveningâ€™s beer has been well-earned; and perhaps your gallant efforts made today demand an accompaniment to that fermented goodness. Fear not, Iâ€™m here to help:
Snickers – The old stand-by candy bar offers nougat, peanuts, caramel and chocolate; these flavors will be satisfyingly paired well by a rich, American Porter. Roasted malts invoke complimentary chocolate, while mildly acrid bitterness cuts through the sugary candy. If available, try a peanut butter porter like Terrapin Liquid Bliss.
Reeseâ€™s Peanut Butter Cup – While folksâ€™ approaches towards eating this classic will vary, all should enjoy the wonderful appurtenance of a clean and creamy Milk Stout. Unfermentable lactose sugar remains residual and provides a creamy body, which accents mild sweetness and balancing roasted malts. Left Hand Milk Stout will perform meritoriously.
Candy Corn – While seemingly equally loved and reviled, this fall classic deserves to be paired with another classic- the Vienna Lager. Smooth and subtle, this style of beer will help to tame the granular sweetness and accent the subtle caramel notes of the candy. A shining and simple recommendation is Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
Sweetarts – A favorite of your humble narrator, this lively and often intense candy will provide an excellent contrast to the dry, earthy rusticity of a mixed-fermentation Saison. The flavors will meld well and create a unique â€œdiningâ€ experience. The acuminous nature of the candy would be well served with an Ommegang Hennepin.