Candy & Beer Pairing
A night full of candy and dressing up to be whoever you want? It’s no wonder people love Halloween. But Halloween is not just for the kids. As you sneak a piece of candy from your candy dish or your kid’s Halloween bucket, pair them with your favorite brews to make sure this Halloween is a real treat! Broken down by style, let us know which pairing you tried in the comments below!
Candy Corn – Kolsch
Candy corn’s intense sweetness needs something light, refreshing, and minimally hopped to wash down all the sugar. This is where the classic Kolsch comes in to place.
Recommended Beer Pairing: Galveston Island Causeway Kolsch, Karbach Love Street, Southern Star Kolsch, Saint Arnold Lawnmower, Twisted X Gulf Kolsch, Altstadt Kolsch
Sour Patch Kids – Cider
Let’s crank it up to 11! Complement that classic cider sweetness of tart apple flavor with this sugar-coated candy’s “in-your-face” sourness. You won’t be upset!
Recommended Beer Pairing: Saint Arnold Original Cider, Saint Arnold Honey Agave Cider, and Stella Cidre.
Kit-Kat – Bock/Dark Lager
Someone is rolling over in their grave on this one: Kit Kat’s chocolatey wafers cry out for a foil of nuttiness and malt to balance and contrast the fun flavors.
Recommended Beer Pairing: Crawford Bock, Spaten Optimator, Paulaner Salvator
M & M’s – Cream Ale/Blonde
M&M’s have a sweet chocolatey combination that calls for a crisp, clean beer to cut through it. To pair with this classic sweet treat, we highly recommend a cream ale.
Recommended Beer Pairing: 8th Wonder Dome Faux’m, Southern Star Bombshell Blonde
Twix – Hefeweizen
At the heart of a Twix bar is the cookie center. A traditional wheat beer will play well with the caramel crunchy goodness that rounds out this candy.
Recommended Beer Pairing: Paulaner Hefeweizen, Galveston Island Tiki Wheat, 8th Wonder Weissthemier, Leffe Blonde, Hoegaarden White
Gummy Worms – IPA’s
These days, the taste profiles of individual IPA’s are so wildly different that we can complement with even the wildest candies. Enter the variety of flavors in a bag of gummy worms (sweet or sour).
Recommended Beer Pairing: SpindleTap 5% Tint, Saint Arnold Art Car, Karbach Hop Tongue, Southern Star Conspiracy Theory
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Marzen/Oktoberfest
When pairing beer with this candy, the idea is to find something that complements the richness of the peanut butter and chocolate. A safe, easy, and very seasonal option is Oktoberfest beer. Luckily, because of the popularity of these beers, you can find some wonderful year-round versions so you can pair beer and candy long past Halloween.
Recommended Beer Pairing: Saint Arnold Guten Tag, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Bell’s Octoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest
3 Musketeers – Porter
A Porter has a mild roast character that is complemented by subtle, creamy sweetness (similar to a 3 Musketeers). Pair these two creamy treats for a decadent dessert. Recommended Beer Pairing: 8th Wonder Rocket Fuel, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter