Monday, September 23, 2013

13 Paranormal Brews to Lift Your Spirits This Season

BY LARISSA MRYKALO

It's pretty staggering how many breweries have jumped on the paranormal hayride in the past few years. If you head into your supermarket or beer distributor to purchase your favorite brew this fall, you'll be overwhelmed with the hauntingly cool names and labels featured.

That's all well and good, and we're all for cool artwork, but are these concoctions any good for drinking? We've assembled 13 paranormally-themed brews that range from IPA to pumpkin stout and everything in between.

Give them a try and let us know if they were hauntingly delicious or should be buried in the ground. And if you've suggestions on some we've missed, let us know!


Spring House Brewing Company
Seven Gates
Pale Ale
Available year round, this hoppy ale has a legend behind it that’s worth sharing. According to the site’s description, the legend starts in rural PA...”a mental asylum for the criminally insane stood in the middle of a dense forest. Surrounding the asylum were seven concentric gates, preventing would-be escapees. One terrifying night, the asylum caught fire, causing the inmates to flee into the menacing forest. As the tale goes, the former asylum residents were trapped by the seven gates and eventually succumbed to the perils of the forest. The locals swear that the tormented souls of the inmates will torture anyone brave enough to attempt passage through the Seven Gates of the forest. Spring House Brewing Co. honors the local legend by producing a terrifyingly delicious brew that is as familiar as a friendly forest, yet possesses a mysterious quality that will haunt you from the first taste.”


Spring House Brewing Company
Big Gruesome
Stout
Spring House really TAPS into the paranormal and this chocolate peanut butter stout with the creepy ghoul for a mascot doesn’t disappoint. Described as “creamy, malty, and full-bodied” the rest of the description will leave your mouth watering: “The intense, roasty flavor comes from two types of chocolate malt and raw cocoa nibs. The stout is then aged on whole vanilla beans and more raw cocoa nibs to enhance the chocolate flavors.  Rich peanut butter is introduced throughout the entire brewing process to make this stout even more Gruesome.”


Spring House Brewing Company
Braaaiins!”
Pumpkin Ale for Zombies
Every brewery seems to have a pumpkin ale but we’re definitely loving the name of this one. It even deems it to be “Suitable for Zombies.” Available August-October, real pumpkin is mixed into the mash with the addition of traditional autumn spices. The orange amber color and “bold malt center and a crisp finish” is sure to quench even the hungriest zombie’s thirst this season.



Magic Hat Brewing Company
Seance
Saison/Farmhouse Ale
The bottle promises, “A liquid dance through life’s trance.” This Saison’s description is fitting for its mysterious name and amazing bottle art. Treat yourself to this complex dark and fruity concoction and you may just peer into a world beyond the veil.



Harpoon Brewery
UFO White
American White Ale
Introduced in 2009, this unfiltered wheat beer is described as “light, crisp and refreshing” and is brewed with orange peel and spicy coriander. It’s promoted as a sweeter summer beer, but gazing up at the stars and looking for unidentified flying objects while enjoying one of these tasty brews, is recommended all year long. There is also a UFO Pumpkin brew that's described as a "unfiltered spiced fall treat."



DuClaw Brewing Company
Hellrazer
American IPA
We’re not promising a visit from Pinhead, but this year round medium-bodied IPA does promise a “crisp, dry finish with exotic tropical fruit flavors.” With an alcohol content of 7.5%, you may end up “razing” a little hell!


DuClaw Brewing Company
31
Spiced Munich Dunkel
The menacing label that’s dripping with blood shouldn’t scare you away from letting this lager past your lips. Described as “...crisp, medium bodied” and having a malty taste with a spicy finish thanks to cinnamon and nutmeg, “31” will make your Halloween extra delicious.




Southern Tier Brewing Company
Pumking
Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Released in August, this seasonal ale is apparently brewed with the harnessed and potent magic that’s released during the Halloween season. With this magic and an ABV of 8.6%, a Happy Halloween is on tap. Great paired with desserts or your Thanksgiving dinner, Pumking has a “malty sweetness” with hints of vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.


Elysian Brewing Company
Night Owl
Pumpkin Ale
The owl on the label looks pretty mean and spooky but this pumpkin ale that’s brewed with “seven and a half pound of pumpkin per barrel” offers a light to medium body that will leave fans of this seasonal product, grinning. Spiced during conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice, it got decent reviews over at Beer Advocate and despite all the spices, it was described by reviewers as “mild” and “not overly sweet."


Elysian Brewing Company
"Dark O' The Moon"
Pumpkin Stout
Available in the Fall, this medium to full-bodied stout is as dark as it's name. The brewery's site describes it as having, "A little smokiness on the nose with malty bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee with subtle earthy pumpkin and spices for an overall nice and creamy mouth."With an ABV of 6.5%, this thick, delicious brew will have you howling at the full moon!



Great Divide Brewing Company
"Yeti Imperial Stout"
Russian Imperial Stout
With its rich, malty flavor and notes of toffee and caramel, this dark stout will make you want to search for more. Even though it's available year-round, this Yeti is perfect for those cold nights you've trekked though the snow on an adventure or when you just want a hoppy beverage that packs a punch with an ABV of 9.5%.



Wychwood Brewery
"Hobgoblin"
Premium Ruby Beer
Hobgoblins are troublesome faerie folk who are notorious for causing mischief. This playful ale from the UK is available year-round but it's a perfect accompaniment to your Halloween party. It also pairs well with meat stews, burger, or roasts. Described as being “Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate and Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings, and Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer...” Hobgoblin sounds like a delicious concoction dreamed up around a cauldron.


Moorehouse's Brewery
"Blond Witch"
Golden Ale
Part of five spell-binding permanent brews, including "Black Cat," "Premier Bitter," "Pride of Pendle," and "Pendle Witches Brew," Blond Witch golden ale's subtlety will trick you into wanting more. Its smooth and fruity taste and straw-like color is described by critics as being "very drinkable" and having "pleasant and delicate flavors." Maybe blonds really do have more fun?

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