And on top of being a day to wear any mask or costume you like, it’s also a day for stuffing your face with sugary candy and rich chocolate.
And while that’s all well and good, what we really care about is the Halloween-themed beer. And there are few states better at brewing beer than Colorado. Home to some of the most well-known and well-respected breweries in the country, the state is dotted with more than 400 breweries.
When it comes to seasonal beers from the Rocky Mountain State, we’re talking about chocolate-forward beers, beers flavored to taste like iconic candy, and beers that are just tasty and have spooky, Halloween-themed names. The best part? There are countless delicious, flavorful Halloween-centric beers on the market waiting to be discovered and imbibed on October 31st. Keep scrolling to see six of our favorites from Colorado-based breweries.
If you’re a fan of scary movies, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen the film ‘Hellraiser’ or one of its eleven (yes, you read that right) sequels. Bruz Beers recently launched a Halloween-themed Belgian-style golden strong ale called Hellraiser. This potent, 10% ABV warming beer is known for its palate of bready malts, candied orange peel, floral, herbal hops, and a spicy finish.
There’s always been something spooky about the blood orange. Obviously, it gets its name because of its blood-like color, but it’s kind of a creepy citrus fruit. LUKI Brewery agrees with us. That’s why it recently launched a Halloween-centric beer called 217 Blood Orange Double IPA. The name is a reference to room 217 (switched to room 237 for the movie for some reason) in the Overlook Hotel in the Stephen King novel ‘The Shining’. This 8.9% ABV IPA is hoppy and filled with bright orange flavor.
You can’t talk about Halloween beers without mentioning a pumpkin beer or two. FlyteCo Brewing released the P-38 Pumpkin Porter on October 20th, just in time for holiday sipping. The already toasty, malty, sweet porter gets added flavor from the addition of pureed pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Now that’s the kind of warming, sweet, pumpkin-filled beer Halloween was made for.
Sky Bear Brewery & Pub is located in downtown Loveland, Colorado. It’s a great place to stop in for an ever-rotating beer tap list, mouth-watering food, and cocktails. It’s also a great spot to get a pumpkin ale. Specifically, its newest offering is called Harvest Moon. This 6.4% ABV pumpkin ale is subtle on spices and pumpkin, but big on flavor. One sip and you’ll be transported to a world of roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
When it comes to well-respected Colorado breweries, you’d have a tough time finding many more beloved than Greeley, Colorado’s Weldwerks. Known for its innovative beers, one of its newest Halloween releases is its unique Candy Corn Cheesecake Sour ale. This 4.3% ABV sour ale was crafted to taste like exactly what the name suggests: candy corn cheesecake. It’s brewed with actual candy corn, cream cheese, graham crackers, vanilla, and milk sugar.
The second Weldwerks beer on this list, The Nerdy Professor is a 5.2% ABV sour ale that gets its flavor from being brewed with strawberry and grape crunchy candy along with grape and strawberry puree. The result is a sour, sweet ale for the beer drinker who also still has a bit of a sweet tooth. It’s the equivalent of a box of Nerds candy in a pint glass.
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