There are a number of options if you’re looking to don your best Halloween costume and grab a fresh locally brewed pint this year – King-O-Ween Halloween Party at Southern Tier Brewing (October 30, 12pm), Halloween Party at Windy Brew (October 30, 5pm), Halloween Bash at Woodcock Brothers Brewing (Wurlitzer) and Halloween Party at Wilson (October 30, 7pm), Haunted Haus Halloween at Hofbrauhaus Buffalo (October 30, 9pm), The Beer Keep Halloween Bash (October 30, 9pm), 90s Rise Again Halloween at Resurgence Brewing (October 30, 9pm), First Line Brewing’s Howloween Party (October 30, 7pm), Halloween Bash with Bear the Bronze at 12 Gates (October 30, 7pm), Halloween at Hamburg Brewing (October 30, 7pm), live music at Thin Man Brewery on October 29 and 30 and Halloween Kickoff Party and Sour Release at West Shore Brewing (October 30, 3:30pm).
And if you’re looking for what to do with all of that delicious Halloween candy you’re going to be left with, might I suggest a simple pairing? Yes, this is totally a thing and not something I made up because I have a problem. Craft beer is just a fun hobby, right? RIGHT?
Halloween is no longer just for the kids and after reading these candy and beer pairings, every adult is going to want to partake in some trick-or-treating of their own. There are plenty of Buffalo-born brews to perfectly pair with your favorite sweet treat, so here are three pairings to help put all that candy to good use.
Community Beer Works Parade Upgrade Porter and Heath Toffee Bar
The toffee of the Heath bar compliments the darker malt and chocolate notes of the porter. Take a bite of the Heath bar, keep it in your mouth and then take a swig of porter and let the pairing do all of the work on your taste buds. You can thank me later. If you can’t get your hands on Parade Upgrade, try The Whale. It’s a brown ale and not a porter, but it should do the trick. Availability: Cans, draft
Resurgence Brewing Peter B. Porter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
A peanut butter porter and a peanut butter cup is a no-brainer. This pairing is rich and creamy perfection. It’s savory and satisfying. The beer and Reese’s cup perfectly accentuate each other and highlight all of the nutty and roast flavors. This is something everyone needs to experience for themselves. Availability: Cans, draft
Ellicottville Brewing Company Fall Festival and Snickers
Take a bite of the Snickers first and let the caramel and nougat coat the roof of your mouth. This allows the saltiness of the peanuts to emphasize the bready malt character and spice notes of the marzen. It’s smooth and clean with an ultimately pleasant finish. Availability: Bottles, draft
Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at email@example.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).