Candy corn, creepy pop-up costume stores, and random Christmas displays are here, which means only one thing: it’s October. And with this month comes an abundance of whimsical, cheesy, pee-in-your-pants scary films celebrating the bewitching holiday that is Halloween. So what better way to ring in the season than to sit down, get a little tipsy, and watch Freddy Krueger as he tears apart the dreams of innocent little children? I spoke with an Atlanta bartender and former co-worker Devlin Bolton, who shared some insight into the interesting ways to pair your favorite Halloween movies with your favorite brews.
|Friday the 13th: Dead Guy Ale by Rogue|
And after about 20 minutes into the screaming and slashing that comprise this iconic Halloween movie, you’re going to understand why Dead Guy Ale has a slight nuttiness to it. This nuttiness will get you through those scenes where you stare at the guy in the white hockey mask and wonder, “What the hell are you doing with your life, Jason?”
|Nightmare on Elm Street: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) or Ode to Mercy by Wild Heaven|
Now on a more serious note, if you’re like me and you take horror films to heart, you’re probably going to want to follow that blue-ribbon can with a sip of Wild Heaven’s Ode to Mercy. The important thing to know about this beer is that it has hints of coffee in it, and coffee is vital if you want to stay awake and, of course, avoid death at the hands of a fedora-sporting hipster.
|Hocus Pocus: Woodchuck Hard Cider’s “Fall Harvest” Seasonal|
The “Fall Harvest” seasonal has cozy, inviting notes of vanilla and cinnamon and pours a warm amber shade–slightly bubbly, but perfectly crisp. And the light hints of wood in the background are reminiscent of the time period in Salem when, you know, witches like pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker were burned at the stake.
|Blair Witch Project: Four Loko, Steel Reserve 211, Natural Ice|
|The Amityville Horror: Delirium Tremens by Brouwerij Huyghe|
Writer Stuart A. Kallen even nominated it as “best beer in the world” during the World Beer Championships (yes, that’s a thing). It’s so good, in fact, that the beer is named after the “Delirium tremens,” or “shaking frenzy” a person gets from alcohol withdrawal. So relax and enter a state of satisfaction and pure confusion as Delirium helps you savor each moment of this classic film’s paranormal creepiness.