Candy and beer pairings ... That is all

Shauna Steigerwald , 3:36 p.m. EDT October
26, 2016
Who says kids should get all the Halloween fun?
And who says they should get all the candy?
And who says you can't have your candy and drink a beer, too.
Not us. So save a handful from the handout bowl for yourself, and make
it decidedly more adult by pairing it with a local brew.
Matthew Stock, manager of training and beer specialist at The Brass
Tap craft beer bar in Clifton Heights, has obviously given this some
serious thought. He's come up with local beer pairings for four common
candies that you might be stealing from your kids this Halloween.
Snickers: "The old stand-by candy bar offers nougat, peanuts, caramel
and chocolate; these flavors will be satisfyingly paired well by a
rich porter. Roasted caramel malts invoke complimentary chocolate,
while mildly acrid bitterness cuts through the sugary candy. Ei8ht
Ball Brewery, located in Bellevue, Kentucky, makes a Robust Porter
called Doppio that is more than worthy of this pairing."
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup: "While folks’ approaches towards eating
this classic will vary, all should enjoy the wonderful appurtenance of
a clean and creamy, nutty and toasty dark ale. Cincinnati’s own
Listermann Brewing Company makes a year-round offering called Nutcase
that would excellently complement a peanut butter and chocolate candy.
It’s a local favorite brewed with real peanut butter."
Candy Corn: "While seemingly equally loved and reviled, this fall
classic deserves to be paired with another classic, the Vienna lager.
Smooth and subtle, this style of beer will help to tame the granular
sweetness and accent the subtle caramel notes of the candy. A shining
and simple recommendation is Christian Moerlein's locally brewed
SweeTARTS: "A favorite for those whose palate preferences lean towards
the acidic, this lively and often intense candy will provide an
excellent contrast to the dry, earthy rusticity of a
mixed-fermentation Saison. The flavors will meld well and create a
unique 'dining' experience. The sharp nature of the candy would be
well served with a beer from one of the city's most popular breweries:
Rhinegeist Plow."
Not a beer drinker? Well, here's a trick if you want to treat
yourself: Try a candy cocktail.
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is featuring three cocktails created just for
the haunting holiday this weekend (and through Monday), and two of
them are garnished with candy. (Don't fear, though: The third one is
garnished with a plastic spider ring, so you'll still feel like you've
been trick-or-treating.) Of course, they have holiday-appropriate
names like the Freaky Fashion (Woodford Reserve bourbon, brown
sugar-vanilla simple syrup and plastic spider ring garnish) and the
Smashing Pumpkin Hot Toddy (Jeffersons bourbon, pumpkin spiced simple
syrup and a squeeze of lemon, garnished with candy corn).
The Ghoul Mule and the Smashing Pumpkin Hot Toddy are
The Ghoul Mule and the Smashing Pumpkin Hot Toddy are Halloween-themed
drink specials at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern. (Photo: Provided)
If you want to try a candy cocktail at home, Parkers Blue Ash Tavern
shares this recipe for "The Ghoul Mule."
The Ghoul Mule
1.5 oz Mandarin vodka
1 oz blood orange liqueur
1 oz. blood orange sparkling water
Ginger beer
Gummy worms
Pour first three ingredients over ice in a copper mug. Fill with
ginger beer and stir. Garnish with gummy worms.
The Brass Tap: 251 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights. 513-242-2337;
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Parkers Blue Ash Tavern: 4200 Cooper Road in Blue Ash. 513-891-8300;
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