For this month’s boo, uh, brew review, I thought it utterly appropriate to pair a few Halloween-themed beers with a corresponding classic horror movie. Since it’s always been my ritual to spend every single day in October watching classic horror movies, I bring you the following and apologize for all the dumb puns in advance.
Shipyard: Pumpkinhead Ale
In this review, this is the only Maine beer featured and it is eagerly anticipated every September by those who love its pumpkin taste with promises of cardamom, nutmeg and clove. Lately, bartenders are trying to tinker with too much with it by including cinnamon or sugar on the rim. However, it pairs well with Pumpkinhead, the 1988 supernatural movie with a cult following that features a legendary monster who avenges anyone who was wronged. Try to stop Pumpkinhead and you become the next victim. Try to stop bartenders from putting cinnamon on the rim of your glass or your pint becomes the next victim.
Reaper Ale: Deathly Pale Ale
The fact that I get to write about beer and Johnny Depp in one sentence makes me want to do cartwheels. This beer has a very pleasing dry hop taste, which pairs nicely with Tim Burton’s classic retelling of Sleepy Hollow. It’s the reaper’s job (in this case the Headless Horseman) to collect heads and the head on this pleasing beer with its complex blend of citric fruitiness and floral overtones disappears quite nicely.
Rogue: Dead Guy Ale
A deep honey color and a rich hearty flavor pairs well with Shaun of The Dead’s apocalyptic uprising of zombies. In the movie, Shaun’s best deadbeat (ha!) friend is Ed, a couch-squatting tub who smokes pot, plays video games all day and drinks a lot of beer. In fact, much of the plot revolves around taking refuge in a pub. My kind of horror movie. You can just imagine Ed at the end of the movie (who is now a zombie) sitting on the couch playing video games as he takes a sip of this ale and groan, “GRAIIIIIIIIIIINNNS.”
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