As you’re enjoying your fill of festive pumpkin beers and haunted houses come October, the last thing you want to fret about is your Halloween costume. Ditch the store-bought zombie mask or sexy witch outfit and dress to impress with a unique, beer label-themed costume.
This notorious prohibition agent was made famous by the wildly popular gangster film The Untouchables. Ness has a personal connection to Great Lakes Brewery, having once employed Margaret Conway – mother of GLBC co-owners Patrick and Daniel – as his stenographer. And the legendary bullet holes in the bar, rumored to have come from Ness himself, can still be seen at the Great Lakes brewpub today. The brewery admits, “It’s a bit of a paradox to name our amber lager for history’s most famous prohibition-era g-man. But it’s a smooth, malty (and dare we say, arresting?) paradox.”
This unique, sweet, tart, dry-hopped ale, brewed in a bizarre, old world tradition is a little sweet and a little sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie your favorite aunt makes. Aunt Sally’s lusty look can be pulled together quickly with a few simple items. Bonus points for bringing pie.
“Taking her in completely, she seized your senses and you were consumed by the luminous passion, her residual sweetness, and the tart earthiness of her grin. This brew is dedicated to the real Aunt Sally. You know who you are. And you know why.” – Lagunitas
If you think the start of deer hunting season is a national holiday, this costume is for you. “Pennsylvania Tuxedo is local-yocal terminology for the traditional, iconic, red and black plaid hunting uniform that outdoor clothing company Woolrich made its reputation on for hunters on the East Coast and beyond,” explains Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione. The brewery’s sessionable pale ale of the same name pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA. Made in collaboration with Woolrich, Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo is brewed with fresh spruce tips from local forests.
In the mid-’80s, Dock Street Brewery created the female counterpart to the iconic sailor who adorned their labels. She’s classy, confident, mysterious and beautiful, and she also represented the 50% female ownership of Dock Street at the time. Complete this girl-powered look with a few simple pieces and a glass full of the crisp, bright golden lager she represents.