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If you’re like most parents, you’ll plan on bellying up to the counter and picking through your kid’s Halloween candy once they go to bed. You may also be in need of a drink after all that trick-or-treating. We’ve got you covered, below is a great article and video from Molly Miller paring some Halloween candy with different styles of beer. I have also included a Bell’s Brewing Company candy pairing. Enjoy!


9 Must-Try Halloween Candy + Beer Pairings

By: Molly Miller


After the trick-or-treaters are gone and the kids are in bed, there’s a good chance you’ll have some leftover Halloween candy sitting around. But before you sink into the couch with a cold one and a handful of candy, consider pairing your beer of choice with a complementary sweet. We promise it’ll make that extra candy (and the beer) taste even better.

Porter + Chocolate Candies

The porter’s roasty, malty notes make chocolate candies taste even richer and “chocolat-ier.”

IPA + Cinnamon Candies

Hoppy, citrusy, floral IPAs taste downright refreshing after throwing back a handful of cinnamon candies.

Oktoberfest + Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

A full-bodied, toasty and slightly hoppy Oktoberfest complements the richness of a peanut butter and chocolate candy.

Cider + Caramel Apple Suckers

Crisp and refreshing ciders can be sweet or dry and tart making them excellent companions to juicy, green apple-flavored lollipops with chewy, buttery caramel centers.

Raspberry Ale + Dark Chocolate

Tart effervescence from fruit lambics provides a sweet contrast to dark chocolates’ bitterness. There’s a reason fruit and chocolate pairings are so popular.

Pilsner + Red Licorice

With citrus and herbal notes, German pilsners bring out the fruity flavors in red licorice while hops cut the sweetness.

Pumpkin Ale + Chocolate Marshmallows

Warm and toasty with notes of clove, cinnamon and allspice, pumpkin ales are the perfect companions to this candy’s vanilla and chocolate flavors.

Cream Ale + Candy Corn

Candy corn’s intense sweet taste needs a light, refreshing, low-hopped brew, like a cream ale, to wash down all the sugar.

Saison + Gummy Candy

Chewy, fruity gummy candies need a slightly tart, semi-dry beer, like a saison, with only a hint


  • Two Hearted with Sour Gummy Worms
  • Best Brown with milk chocolate peanut clusters
  • Special Double Cream Stout with dark chocolate pretzels
  • Roundhouse with Smarties
  • Amber Ale with Candy Corn
  • Kalamazoo Stout with Tootsie Rolls
  • Two Hearted with Sour Skittles
  • Expedition Stout with a Take 5
  • Best Brown with a Pay Day

Another Candy & Beer Pairing Chart from the kitchn


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