October 31st, 2012Amber ales
I reckon the UK is on the cusp of starting to take Halloween seriously, like they do over the pond.
And why shouldn’t that be a good thing? It’s an excuse to be creative, meet friends and drink beer.
Especially when the beer is halloween beer, like Spooks from Shepherd Neame. 100% marketing gimmick but then again the whole halloween thing is, so let’s not judge without trying first.
Turns out it’s the sort of beer that would do just fine for a halloween party – deep amber in colour, seasoned with a dark chocolate digestives, a nutty swagger and a dash of lemon juice that disappears in a grave of treacle.
A great companion to apple bobbing but just the one for me please. It’s Halloween and there’s plenty more dressed up beers out there to play trick or treat with.Tags: halloween, shepherd neame
And if your local supermarket or beer shop doesn’t have pumpkin beer, then the next best thing to celebrate the might be the Halloween branded bottles of Wychwood Hobgoblin, found retailing for £1 at ASDA.
The £1 price tag didn’t scare us but the beer did a little. We must have grabbed a dogby bottle because the usual stewed fruit aroma had matured into rotting crab apples (old hops perhaps?) and the familiar fruit cake richness had become an earthy sweet ‘n sour tang, like rosé wine left unattended overnight.
A bad apple perhaps but if you get a better luck of the draw Hobgoblin is a robust strong beer for warming a cold and prickly Halloween evening (or simply accompanying an X Factor eviction should that be your Sunday night TV tipple). Read the rest of this entry »Tags: apples, ASDA, Fruitcake, halloween, hobgoglin, rosé, wychwood