Monthly Archives: October 2008

Halloween Week: Moorhouse’s Black Cat

Moorhouse’s Black Cat is an English Dark Mild style of ale, and lives up to its Mild promise: it’s only 3.4% alcohol by volume, the truest kind of session beer one could ask for. It’s certainly an about-face from the trends in American microbrewing, where (generally) bigger is thought to be better. There aren’t many Milds available these days, so this is definitely a treat. (As is "trick or treat." Har.) Appearance: Mostly black though … Continue reading →

Halloween Week: Dead Guy Ale

After all this time writing this blog I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale, but Halloween Week is as appropriate a time as ever. By and large, I consider this to be Rogue’s flagship beer, and certainly one of their best-known. It’s a 6.5% alcohol beer, brewed in the style of a Maibock. Here’s Rogue’s own history of the beer: In the early 1990s Dead Guy Ale was created as a private … Continue reading →

Halloween Week: Beer costumes

No mention of Halloween could pass without the topic of costumes coming up. Unfortunately, most beer-themed Halloween costumes are—I’ll say it—stupid. The three men’s type costumes you see in the store most of the time? The beer bottle, beer keg (or can), and (increasingly) the beer pong table. Ugh. Among other things, they seem like the type of costumes that basically say, "I didn’t put much thought into this." Take a look to see what … Continue reading →

Halloween Week: Beers to get you started

I should be getting to some reviews later this week. In the meantime, here’s a list of Halloween-themed beers to start with. BridgePort Raven Mad. This one’s gotten some play in the (Oregon) beer blog world lately; it’s a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter, with a 3D label (inspired by Hitchcock’s "The Birds"), specifically themed for Halloween. Jeff has a bit on it, and Beer Northwest has a longer piece. Should be released Thursday in limited … Continue reading →

Halloween Week: Haunted breweries

It wouldn’t be much of a Halloween without ghost stories and haunted places, so naturally—being a beer site and all—I’m wondering about haunted breweries. I know several of the McMenamins locations are purported to be haunted; Pacific Northwest author Jefferson Davis has documented a number of them in his books. The Edgefield is the first one that springs to mind, but the Kennedy School and others are all supposed to be as well. There’s a … Continue reading →