Kick up your Halloween party or Dia de los Muertos celebration with these bewitching brews. Each one has a unique label and taste that's sure to please any beer-loving ghouls and goblins.
1. Dragon's Milk (11% ABV) - New Holland Brewing
This Boubon barrel-aged stout will be the hit of any party. Slightly malty with hints of vanilla. You might want to save it all for yourself.
2. Dead Ringer (6% ABV) - Ballast Point Brewing
This Oktoberfest Marzen has an abundance of toasted malt and a dark reddish color. The aroma is loaded with hints caramel and the taste is quite smooth.
3. #9 (5.1% ABV) - Magic Hat Brewing
This not quite pale ale is sorta dry, sorta crisp, but definitely refreshing. Great gateway beer for the hop novice.
4. El Gose (4.5% ABV) - Avery Brewing
This German-style sour ale has a nice burst of lime and sea salt. Dress it up a bit by pouring into a chili-lime rimmed glass.
5. Santo (4.7% ABV) - Saint Arnold Brewing
This Kolsh-style beer has the addition of black malt to give dark color and great taste. It also has a cool calavera on the label.
6. Purple Haze (4.2% ABV) - Abita Brewing
This lager is brewed with raspberries which produces a subtle and fruity beer. It's the perfect party beer that even non-beer drinkers will enjoy.
7. Devil's Backbone (8.10% ABV) - Real Ale Brewing
This Belgian-style tripel may be pale in color, but it packs a punch in taste. Spicy hops and Belgian yeast give it a very unique taste and aroma.
Looking for some ghoulishly good wines for Halloween? Here's a collection of some tasty and affordable wines that are worth getting your claws on. Why should the kiddos have all the fun?
Casillero del Diablo (The Devil's Cellar) has long been known as the official wine of Halloween. This Cabernet has a deep, intense ruby red color and flavors of cherries, plums, and black currants. It pairs nicely with a blood-red steak of course. Zombie Zin is deep purple in color with bursts of berries and just a touch of black pepper on the finish. Pairing suggestions include bloody BBQ and sinister soups.
19 Crimes The Banished is the darkest wine I have ever seen. This wine boasts flavors of chocolate and vanilla with forest fruits on the finish. Be sure to download the 19 Crimes app and watch the label come to life! Stella Rosa Black is out just in time to celebrate Stellaween. This fun and flirty wine will definitely get the party started. Plus, its slight effervescence makes it a great addition to a big bowl of Sangria.
Apothic Inferno will add a splash of heat to any Halloween party. This limited release wine is aged 60 days in whiskey barrels giving it a unique taste that is most definitely a treat and not a trick. For white wine drinking ghouls and goblins, you can't go wrong with Rest In Peace Pinot Grigio.
No matter how you choose to spend the witching hour, be sure to drink responsibly. No hexing while driving, and hire a driver for your hearse if you've had one too many potions.
Drink Pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Radio Milano will be hosting a special Drink Pink Soiree luncheon on October 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Chefs Adrian and Ana Amaya will prepare five courses of small bites to go with Rose wines from around the world. Sommelier Joshua Theis will be on hand to guide guest through the tasting. The cost is $30 plus tax and gratuity and 100% of the profits will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Space is limited. RSVP with Radio Milano at (713) 827-3545.
Throughout the month of October, Le Colonial will be donating 50% of proceeds from the sale of their signature Saigon 75 cocktail ($12) to the Pink Door. The Saigon 75 is a combination of Blanc de Blanc Champagne, London No. 1 Blue Gin, Violet Extract, Hibiscus and Rose Extract, and Mint.
During the entire month of October, all Rose wines at Royal Sonesta Houston are just $7 a glass. For every glass purchased, $1 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Hotel Sorella in CITYCENTRE will be offering a special Pink Lady cocktail for just $10.
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