Halloween with a Twist: Candy & Beer Pairings at SideDoor

This time of year has everyone craving the sweet stuff! Celebrate Halloween this fall with SideDoor’s Beverage Director Jeff Van Der Tuuk beer & candy pairings! He dips into his childlike side by pairing his favorite Halloween candy with the restaurant’s large format beers offerings. So even if you aren’t into the dressing up part of Halloween, at least head to SideDoor to answer your taste buds wishes!

This quite possibly could make for the most fun Happy Hour of your life, so grab your friends or co-workers and make this Halloween one to remember.

“Due to the fact that malty beers tend to have chocolate tasting notes, they pair with a variety of candy bars. Additionally, fruit-forward candies mellow out the tartness in sour beers, which will create a balanced flavor profile on your palate,” says Van Der Tuuk

Chocolate Candies:

Kit Kat

o Pairs well with: Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Stout, Denmark (22oz, 11.5% ABV)

o Tasting notes: coffee, chocolate

M&M’s

o Pairs well with: Uinta Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale, UT (750ml, 10.3% ABV)

o Tasting notes: oak-aged, pumpkin, spice

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

o Pairs well with: 3 Floyds Moloko Milk Stout, IN (22oz, 8% ABV)

o Tasting notes: milk sugar, vanilla, roasted sweet malt

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Sweet and Tart Candies:
Nerds

o Pairs well with: Rodenbach Caractere Rouge, Belgium (750ml, 7% ABV)

o Tasting notes: cranberry, raspberry, tart cherry, oak

Starburst

o Pairs well with: The Bruery Oude Tart, CA (750ml, 7.5% ABV)

o Tasting notes: tart cherry, black currant, toasted oak

SweetTarts

o Pairs well with: Duchesse de Bourgogne, Belgium (750ml, 6% ABV)

o Tasting notes: black cherry, oak, dry finish

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