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13 Scary Good Beers for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up 13 terrifyingly terrific brews for perfect for nights full of fright.


Great Lakes Nosferatu – Don’t be afraid of things that go hop in the night! Rich roasted malt flavors haunt the shadows of this Imperial red ale’s bitter teeth. Nosferatu is ruby red in color with a toasty malt body lurking beneath a stunning hop bite. ABV: 8%



Ballast Point Sour Wench – Sour Wench Blackberry Ale is a fruity Berliner weisse-style beer bursting with Oregon blackberry flavor and aroma. The fruit addition adds a beautiful violet hue, and the taste has an approachable soft tartness from kettle souring. This artful gypsy will surely lure you into the world of sour beers. ABV: 7%


Spring House Braaiiins! Pumpkin Ale for Zombies – This pumpkin ale is brewed with generous amounts of real pumpkin blended into the mash. The subtle, fresh pumpkin flavor is enhanced by the addition of a touch of traditional autumn spices and sweet dough, thus creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, a bold malt center and a crisp finish. ABV: 7.8%



Lagunitas Nighttime – Kinda like Daytime’s big, dark and scary sidekick, this ale is packed full of highly roasted malts, then counter-hopped by smooth operators with the dankest, juiciest hops. Not for the lunchtime crowd or the faint of heart. ABV: 8%



Evil Genius Trick or Treat – This chocolate pumpkin porter is brewed with homemade chocolate syrup. There are no spices added to mask the dark malt aromas and hints of pumpkin that drift from each glass. Evil Genius mixes their own cocoa with sugar and water and then lets the syrup infuse into the beer over several days which creates a subtle chocolate flavor to mingle with the roasted malts and pumpkin. ABV: 7.8%


Redd’s Wicked Blood Orange – Redd’s Wicked Blood Orange brings a unique flavor profile – orange with a kick. Blood oranges taste similar to regular oranges, but slightly more bitter and less acidic. Wicked Blood Orange includes a slight hint of bitters, making it the perfect drink to transition into fall. ABV: 8%


Firestone Walker Leo v. Ursus Inferos – Inferos is an Imperial rye IPA that is fiery in color and hellacious in hoppiness. Forged with 25 percent rye grain and loaded with more than four pounds of hops per barrel, Inferos is ultimately a big, spicy beer that will keep the soul warm when a chill is in the air. ABV: 8.2%


Stone Enjoy By 10.31.17 – Consistently delivered faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, Stone Enjoy By IPA facilitated a paradigm shift in respect for, and enjoyment of, hoppy beers by ensuring craft beer fans the ultimate level of freshness. This intense double IPA is brewed with more than 10 different hops, employing hop-bursting and dry-hopping techniques to amp up the peach and tropical fruit notes and overall hop factor. Brewed specifically NOT to last, this devastatingly fresh, golden beauty should be enjoyed within 37 days. ABV: 9.4%



Shipyard Pumpkinhead – Shipyard Pumpkinhead is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale, with delightful aromatics and a subtle spiced flavor. ABV: 4.7%





Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple – Cinnful Apple is sweet with a slight heat. The juicy apple notes up front are complemented by cinnamon spice for a cider that is refreshing and smooth, yet warming. ABV: 5%




Coppertail Unholy – Coppertail’s take on the Trippel style, originally brewed by monks in Belgium, features fruity/funky notes from the traditional Belgian yeast paired with a sacrilegious American hop character. ABV: 9.5%




Harpoon Flannel Friday – The sun is bright but the air is crisp – it’s time to add another layer. Fall is here! Be ready for that first chill with the malt sweetness and hoppy citrus notes with Harpoon Flannel Friday! This hoppy amber ale is a tribute to the quintessential season of change. The bright hop aroma from late hop additions plays with a strong malt backbone. This beer is brewed for those beautiful sunny fall days and crisp autumn nights. ABV: 5.7%



Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Imperial Pumpkin Ale is heartier, spicier and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren. Lots of pumpkin has been added along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove, giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor. ABV: 8%


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