Halloween

The Very Best Halloween Beers  

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The best Halloween beer and harvest ales include a wide range of domestic and imported beers. Many breweries make spooky seasonal beers to appeal to autumn drinkers, though some offer their delicious frights and flavors year-round. Many of these beers use pumpkin and pumpkin spices like brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove to give the beer a seasonal, warming spice flavor. Others are infernally dark and stout, pairing horror themes with deep flavors that will satisfy even the pickiest beer connoisseur. This list also includes some of the best harvest ales and beers that are brewed from the grain and hop harvests, so be sure to vote for the ones you've tried and found to be a Treat (and vote down the beers you wouldn't use as even the worst Trick).

Some of the most popular favorite Halloween beers include Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (round and warm roasted pumpkin and spices), Boulevard Smokestack Series: Harvest Dance Wheat Wine (a mix of warm fruit and dry oak), Victory Harvest Ale (a malty, hoppy floral) and Ninkasi's "Dawn of the Red," which is horror movie themed but delightfully tropical. The bright notes make it a pleasant choice to alternate with dark brews like the Avery Mephistopheles Stout and its ultra-dark deep chocolatey rum notes. Whether your taste runs more to a lighter, Belgian blend or a dark, hearty stout, there really is a Halloween beer for everyone.

One thing to note about many of these Halloween beers: The alcohol content may be higher than a traditional, domestic beer. Keep that in mind, because once you find the perfect Halloween brew, it's quite easy to overdo things. If you're already going to regret the amount of Halloween candy snuck between your visiting trick-or-treaters, you don't want to add a Halloween hangover too.

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Rogue Dead Guy Ale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
6.5% alcohol
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Stack Brewing Helter Smelter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Stack Brewing Helter Smelter 10.4% alcohol
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Royal Docks Vlad the Impaler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Royal Docks Vlad the Impaler 10.2% alcohol
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La Verne Nightmare Brefore Hal... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
La Verne Nightmare Brefore Halloween Colonial Porter 5.0% alcohol
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Gritty McDuffs Halloween Ale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Gritty McDuffs Halloween Ale 6.0% alcohol
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Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza 6.5% alcohol
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Jolly Pumpkin Bière de Mars Gr... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Jolly Pumpkin Bière de Mars Grand Reserve 7.0% alcohol
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Founders Harvest Ale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Founders Harvest Ale 7.6% alcohol
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvado... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados) 11.5% alcohol
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Thornbridge/The Hanging Bat Ha... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Thornbridge/The Hanging Bat Hallowed Ground
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HopDog BeerWorks All Hallowed ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
HopDog BeerWorks All Hallowed Ale 7.3% alcohol
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Elysian The Great Pumpkin Impe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale 8.1% alcohol
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Black Plague Stout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
14.6% alcohol
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Victory Harvest Ale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Victory Harvest Ale 6.5% alcohol
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Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pump... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale 5.0% alcohol
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Founder's Harvest Ale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Founder's Harvest Ale 6.5
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Rogue Chatoe Rouge Pumpkin Pat... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
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Anchorage/Jolly Pumpkin Calaba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Anchorage/Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal 7.0% alcohol
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Avery Rumpkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Avery Rumpkin 17.5% alcohol
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Robinsons Trooper Hallowed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Robinsons Trooper Hallowed 6.0% alcohol
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Avery Mephistopheles Stout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Avery Mephistopheles Stout 8.0% alcohol
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Ninkasi Dawn of the Red is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Ninkasi Dawn of the Red 7.0% alcohol
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Carter's Ghost Train IPA is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
Carter's Ghost Train IPA 8.0% alcohol
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Wychwood Black Wych is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers
5% alcohol
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Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Halloween Beers