13 Frighteningly Good Halloween Beers

October can be a strange time for beer drinkers. Alongside any number of Oktoberfest lagers, you'll occasionally find a saison or a summer ale if the month starts off warmly, only to be replaced by a variety of pumpkin beers, redolent with pie spices and the flavors of fall. By the last week or two though, darker porters and stouts begin to creep into most draft lineups, signaling colder nights ahead. And of course October also brings Mischief Night and Halloween, two excellent opportunities for brewers to tap into their spooky side by giving their products creepy names and labels. With that spirit (pun intended) in mind, I've chosen to list some of my favorites:
  1. Vampire Ale—City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford, CT
  2. Dark o' the MoonElysian Brewing Company, Seattle, WA
  3. Evil Twin—Heretic Brewing Company, Pittsburg, CA
  4. Voo Doo American Stout—Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente, CA
  5. Certified Evil—Lucky Bucket Brewing Company, La Vista, NA
  6. Pendle Witches BrewMoorhouse's Brewery, Burnley, UK
  7. Rosemary's Baby—The Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY
  8. Three Skulls Poison—Pillager's Pub, Seattle, WA
  9. Black Cat StoutThe Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
  10. Zombie Dust—Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN
  11. Redrum Imperial Red Ale—Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
  12. Hop ZombieUncle Billy's Brew & Que, Austin, TX
  13. Hobgoblin—Wychwood Brewery, Witney, UK


  1. I am a big fan of the VooDoo American Stout as well, Left Coast is a great brewer.

  2. Yum! Only one of these I've tried is Hobgoblin. And alas, I only managed one pint of Yukon Brewing's Peter Peter Pumpkin Beer before they sold out.