How you spend Halloween can be split into two main categories: Those who trick-or-treat, and those who give out the candy. And whether you’re taking the little ones out for some spooky fun or sitting on the porch handing out the sweets, we’ve got the perfect pairings of Iron Hill Beers for some of our favorite candies.
Little Red Wagon and Skittles
First up, let’s taste the rainbow. Skittles are the classic fruit-forward candy of Halloween, so turn up the volume by pairing our slightly-tart and fruited kettle sour, Little Red Wagon. The light tartness of Little Red Wagon helps elevate the fruit flavors in your Skittles, while the addition of strawberry in the beer adds just an extra layer of delicious fruit essence to this pairing. Perfect for those juicy, fruity candy lovers.
Clock Out Lager and M&M’s
M&M’s have been a Halloween candy staple since the WW2 era. With their sweet, sugary candy shell and chocolate core, the M&M’s needs a crisp, clean Lager. Our Clock Out American Lager is clean, mellow and lightly hopped, and won’t distract from the M&Ms chocolate sweetness, but packs a crisp finish that cuts through the layers of sugar and refreshes the palate so you’re ready for the next handful.
Pig Iron Porter and Snickers
You know what really goes well with a peanut-packed Snickers bar? Our chocolaty Pig Iron Porter. The full malt flavors of chocolate, sweet caramel and light hints of almond and vanilla in this English-style Porter meld perfectly with the chocolate, peanut and nougat of the Snickers.
Vienna Red Lager and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
You might not think of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup as a salty snack, but when paired with Vienna Red Lager, those roasted, salted peanuts come on strong. Full of malt sweetness but clean and crisp in the finish, our Vienna Red Lager enhances and balances this favorite treat. So next time you’re sneaking a Reese’s from your kid’s trick-or-treat basket, don’t forget to pour out a pint of Vienna Red Lager.
Juicebox IPA and DOTS
Juicebox IPA is everything gumdrop candy should be; juicy, sweet and exploding with fruit flavor. DOTS don’t exactly hit all the marks, with their hard, gummy texture and hint of not-quite-distinguishable fruit flavor. They do however, have one redeeming quality – being syrupy sweet, which makes them the ideal companion to Juicebox IPA with it’s big pineapple fruit aromatics and flavors.
So don’t go skipping that box of DOTS just yet. Pop a couple of these guys in after a sip of Juicebox, and you’ll see them in a whole new light.
Pumpkin Ale and Candy Corn
Our Pumpkin Ale is packed with Fall flavors like caramel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and vanilla. Boost the sweetness of those seasonal flavors with a sweet sugar shot from the marshmallow-flavored Halloween favorite candy, candy corn.