Published October 27th, 2020 at 11:30 AM
Full disclosure. Halloween used to creep me out.
I suspect this is due to the fact that my older cousins made me watch “Nightmare on Elm Street” at a very young age, convinced me that Freddy Kruger was real, and warned me not to fall asleep… or else. Needless to say, seeing kids dressed up for Halloween as the Springwood Slasher would never be the same.
But I’m an adult now. I drive a car. I buy my own Halloween costumes. I drink seasonal Halloween-inspired beer.
So, yeah, sorry little Billy. I know you’re trick-or-treating, but your Freddy Kruger costume doesn’t scare me. Just get your candy, keep your distance, and avoid eye contact. Move along, buddy.
Predictably, this week is filled with beer-related Halloween events and tasty new releases.
Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — released Episode 14: NZH-107 (5.5% ABV, 45 IBU), a single-hopped pale ale brewed with NZH-107, a New Zealand hop variety loaded with fruit flavor.
Alma Mader Brewing — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has released Beyond Reach (6.8% ABV), a double dry-hopped IPA brewed with Galaxy, Citra and Mosaic hops.
City Barrel Brewing Co. — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — released Mischief Managed (8.1% ABV), an experimental double IPA made with Strata hops that boasts of berries and citrus.
Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — has released a seasonal beer. Alley-Oop Dunkel (5.6% ABV, 19 IBU) is a deep, amber-colored German lager that boasts of chocolate.
This Wednesday, Border Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is releasing Death By Lemon, a hazy pale ale brewed with lemon drop hops, lemon zest, lemon peel and lemon juice. This beer will be available in draught and in growlers to-go.
Trick-or-treating is for grown ups too! Servaes Brewing Company — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is releasing four Halloween candy inspired beers this weekend. On tap and in mixed four-packs, Servaes will be serving up Empty Canvas (a hard fruit candy cream ale sitting at 6% ABV), Distant Light (a gose with “bursts” of “stars” clocking in at 4.5% ABV), Rise Up (a sweet stout inspired by “the milky way” sitting at 7% ABV), and Like Butterflies (6% ABV), a sour witbier inspired by your favorite Sour Patch candy.
If you want some comedic relief from your COVID blues, then head over to Callsign Brewing — 1447 Gentry St., North Kansas City, Missouri — from 8 – 10 p.m. for the Tai Fu Panda and Will Comedy series, featuring Longhorn the Comedian, Jerad Longley and David Scott.
Breweries all over the Kansas City area (and beyond) are hosting Halloween events. So buckle up, you’re in for a spooky and boozy (spoozy?) ride!
Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is throwing a costume party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of bingo, scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating and take a picture in their photo booth.
Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — is hosting a Halloween party from 12 – 9 p.m. filled with trick-or-treating and special Halloween beer releases. Get $1 off draught pints all day!
Social media obsessives should head over to Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — for a Halloween contest from 12 – 9 p.m. Here’s how it works: Go to Pathlight wearing your Halloween costume, post a picture of yourself and your dog on social media, tag Pathlight Brewing, and add the hashtag #pathlighthowloween, for a chance to win some free beer!
If you’re looking for yet another place to sport your Halloween costume, then head over to Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — from 2 – 9 p.m. for a Halloween Costume Contest! Transport also will be releasing Pumpkin the Brakes, a pumpkin coffee stout clocking in at 6.5% ABV. This release is super limited to don’t miss it!
East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — is hosting a Halloween party filled with costume contests, special beer releases and the main event — a weenie dog contest! Bring your weenie dog for a weenie dog race and a weenie dog costume contest!
Finally, Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting a dance-filled Halloween party with a costume contest, a live DJ and beer specials from 5 – 10 p.m. There will also be pizza!
If you’re looking for a place to watch the game this Sunday, then worry not! 3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — is offering $2 off Civic Duty and Desert Gold during the Chiefs game! Also, don’t forget to snag some delicious barbecue from Jousting Pigs BBQ. It’s beer, it’s barbecue, it’s football. What’s not to love?
Border Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is paying it forward by hosting a Toy Drive. Starting at noon, Border will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for kids up to the age of 12. These toys will be donated to Operation Breakthrough, which will then give these gifts to children from low-income families.