Posting note: Every link posted today is worth visiting! - There is so much to learn about Halloween beer!
So for the 31st post to The Beer Man on Halloween eve, the 31st day of October, I will share the preeminent Halloween brew. I reviewed list after list after list after list of beers that were recommended for Halloween both to see which ones I have previously had as well as to try a few new ones for the postings during this themed week at the blog (you may see multiple references to Dead Guy Ale and to Hobgoblin and maybe a couple of others). By far the most prominent and most common brew was Maudite from Unibroue Brewing in Canada (if you do nothing else from this post, watch the video on the Unibroue site about this beer!). What, the Great White North has a devilish, when hell freezes over, great brew for this occasion? PRECISELY!Here is one GREAT description/story of Maudite: The Canadian brewery Unibroue makes a beer inspired by an old legend involving eight lumberjacks who made a deal with the devil to fly their canoe home for the holidays. As they sailed across a moonlit sky, one of the lumberjacks freed himself from the devilish deal by invoking the name of God, which made the flying canoe crash. The beer's name, Maudite, means "damned" and the label features a painting of the flying canoe. It's similar to a Belgian dark ale, strong, complex, well-balanced and completely delicious.
Here is a Beer Advocate review. Here is a review from RateBeer.
I have held back a number of pumpkin brews that I have had and you faithful readers will see them sprinkled throughout the year and possibly with another themed week next fall. If the last two years are any indication of what to expect, there will be many new pumpkin brews and an amazing pumpkin beer festival to attend again at the Elysian!