Monday, 29 October 2012


You either like or loathe Halloween. Oh yes, the constant tap on the door and the ringing of the bell. The trick or treaters, are on your doorstep! 

OK, you will all have your opinions on the festivities. However, one thing is certain, the Halloween period will produce some damn good ales. There are many to tempt you and some of the names are very clever, funny and witty.

So, I felt it appropriate to highlight a fab four that I have already sampled in the last few days! Beers of different tastes. Ales to watch out for this week.

 I think it is only fair to kick off with the unofficial beer of Halloween. Wychwood's Hobgoblin. Its a great ale to sup, at any time of the year. A ruby ale that began life at a whopping 5.6% ABV. Then it became 5%. Then reduced further to its present 4.5%. To be honest it still tastes superb. Full bodied and well balanced. A malty ale, hints of fruit, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Delicious.

Second on the block, we move to Cornwall for Skinners 'Cornish Scream'(4.3%). Their beers travel so well. It's almost 400 miles to my local from Truro. And it was in superb nick. This brew is an easy drinking, malty, copper coloured beer.Smooth on the palate, with a long, slightly bitter aftertaste. Went down a treat! 

We move to Norfolk for the next Halloween tipple. Werewolf is brewed by Wolf Brewery, who began life at the old Gaymers brewery in Attleborough, in 1995. However, they outgrew the site and moved in 2006 to the village of Besthorpe, a couple of miles down the road. The Werewolf was a nice, full flavoured bitter,  at 4.5%.It had a lovely caramel hopped flavour. Notes state coffee flavours.However, no coffee taste on my palate!

I am now obliged to move north. Well, the blog is named 'Real Ale Up North'! And I also wanted to include a comical element with my final choice!

 Bobbys' Cryptic Kicker is brewed by Irwell Works Brewery. It's situated in Ramsbottom, East Lancashire, inside a former iron works. A fledgling brewer of just two years. And they have produced a really nice refreshing beer at 4.2%. 

However, it is the clever, witty pump clip that attracted me. It pictured comedy legend, Marty Feldman. I am assuming the name of the beer, evolved from the 70's hit, 'Monster Mash', sung by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers. A clever play on words indeed.

So, there you have four scary looking beers to hunt down. Watch out for them, up and down the country. And I hope you have found the history and  additional information of interest. If so, you may want to subscribe and follow my blog. So you will always know of my latest posting. Hope so. :-)