Watch This, Drink That: Halloween Edition

If you’re like us, you’ve watched Hocus Pocus every October for the last two decades (and why not? Bette Midler IS Halloween). If you’re ready to change things up (and no, that doesn’t mean watching Nightmare Before Christmas…) these films should scratch the itch. Pair with spirits for an extra spooky time (sorry, we just couldn’t help ourselves).

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Watch: Shaun of the Dead – The zombie apocalypse movie to rule them all. It’s funny, jumpy, and features some classic zombie-gore. There’s even a little romance, so you really can have it all.

Drink: Boddington’s Pub Ale. Drink every time someone says “pub,” someone says “Winchester,” or a zombie gets whacked.

Watch: Rocky Horror Picture Show – Fun fact: RHPS has the longest-running theatrical release in history, screening in cinemas across the world every year since 1975. Why the unstoppable run? Most performances turn into cult-like, fan-cast performances. If you haven’t been, check your local cinema listings.

Drink: Irish Coffee. You’ll need the liquid inhibition and caffeine to get you through a midnight viewing/performance.

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Watch: Clue – Doesn’t get more Halloween than a who-done-it in a gothic mansion. The 1985 theatrical release included three possible endings, with different theaters receiving one of the three finales. The original “Gotta catch ’em all.”

Drink: Anything from a can…and open it yourself. Invite your friends and give each a different drink in a paper bag. Bonus points for whoever guesses what they got first. A little trick, a little treat.

Watch: Coco – Disney Pixar pulls at the heartstrings in this gorgeous film about Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions. Plus, the song “Remember Me” hits us with the feels every time. We’re not crying, you’re crying.

Drink: Spiked Horchata. How you spike it is your call, but rum, bourbon, and tequila all pack a good punch. Garnish with a little cinnamon.

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Watch: Ghostbusters – Because Bill Murray can do no wrong and we miss Harold Ramis. Channel the supernatural with the 1984 box office smash. Apologies in advance for the theme song being stuck in your head for the entirety of November.

Drink: Chartreuse Mezcal Margarita. 1 part mezcal, 1 part Green Chartreuse, 1 part maraschino, 1 part lemon (or lime) juice. BYO Proton Pack.

Watch: Rosemary’s Baby – Paranoia, persecution, and parenthood – what could possibly go wrong? Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse find the dark side of domestic bliss in their NYC apartment building. Best to watch if you’ve already got kids… and they don’t have their father’s eyes…

Drink: Manhattan. Chilled.

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Watch: Beetlejuice – (Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!) It’s said that Tim Burton’s only character direction for Michael Keaton was that he “lived in every time period, but was of no time period.” The result: a lovable ghoul and a quirky underworld that feels more like a fun-house than eternal damnation.

Drink: Pina Colada (and a Shrimp Cocktail). That calypso dance scene just has us feeling some sort of way… DAAAYOOO, me say DAYOO…

Watch this: Silence of the Lambs – BEWARE: Our copywriter was born after her mother went into labor while watching Silence of the Lambs in theaters. Soon-to-be moms, you’ve been warned.

Drink: A Nice Chianti. Maybe a little fava bean snack?

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Watch: Ghost – Fact: Patrick Swayze is the ghost of our dreams. Also fact: Ghost kicked off a national ceramics craze after premiering in July 1990. Just yes to all of it.

Drink: A buttery chardonnay (by the bottle) and a box of tissues for each person.

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Watch: The Addams Family – They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether… the First Family of macabre and fantastic inspiration for next year’s group costume. #AngelicaHouston4Evr

Drink: Sangria. Get a little monster smashed.

DIY Pumpkin Keg 

You say Jack-o-Lantern, we say Pumpkin Keg. With a love of beer and a handful of random kitchen supplies, we looked at a pumpkin and saw opportunity. Advancements were made, limits were pushed, and the results were beyond our wildest dreams: a more sustainable, more portable, more festive keg. Follow these steps to make your own Pumpkin Keg. Medium size pumpkin holds a six-pack.

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Step 1: Cut out the stem of the pumpkin in a hexagonal shape, with a slight tilt to the knife (you don’t want the top to fall in). Cut an opening large enough to fit your hand.

Step 2: Remove all of the pumpkin innards. Be diligent! The more seeds and insides you take out, the less floaties you’ll have in your beer!

Step 3: Carve a hole for your spigot* on the lower half of the pumpkin. The hole should be slightly smaller than the spigot diameter. Shove the spigot in the hole with as little adjusting as possible. Should be nice and tight.  (*We used a spigot from an old punch dispenser. Waste not, want not.)

Step 4: Pick your poison (or your favorite adult beverage) and fill up your pumpkin keg. “Tap” your keg and cheers to your ingenuity. Happy Halloween, kids!

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Shop the Men’s and Women’s Indigo Styles and BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin.)

Last Minute DIY Halloween for Dudes

 

We’ve all been there. It’s the night before Halloween and you have to throw something together so you aren’t “that guy.” Luckily, some of the greatest men in history were minimalists, just like yourself. So dig into your closet, pull out a few basics and top it off with a carefully placed prop or two and a few good catch phrases. Happy Halloween, buddy.

Earnest Hemingway

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

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Paul Bunyan

“TIMMMBBERRRRRRR!”

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Indiana Jones 

“It belongs in a MUSEUM!”

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Bob Ross 

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

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Not All Pumpkins Get Carved: Best Pumpkin Ales Under $10

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We like beer – all kinds of beer: lagers, porters, stouts, IPAs, hefeweizens… and even pumpkin ale. Or should we say especially pumpkin ale! Maybe it’s the cinnamon or maybe it’s the sugar rush, but nothing gets us in the spirit like a frothy pumpkin ale and a handful of chocolate covered pretzels. With a sophisticated palate and very complex criteria (Is it under $10 for a six-pack? Does it have a cool label?) we snagged a selection of pumpkin ales from the local grocery store and set up a tasting in the office. Some ales squashed the competition while others left us a little woozy in the gourd. But don’t take our word for it, celebrate Halloween (and the end of daylight savings!) with a six-pack of pumpkins. If you need a few suggestions, here’s what we sampled: 

Pumpkin Ale, Saranac Brewery ($5, 32oz growler)
Fun fact about pumpkin ale: It was the first beer brewed in the US, brewed by a patriot named George Washington. So it’s only fitting that one of America’s oldest breweries is keeping the tradition alive and well. Saranac’s Pumpkin Ale is a classic blend of cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger. And 3,000 lbs of mashed pumpkin. It’s bubbly and festive and comes in a growler – so you know you’re in for some fun even before you crack it open.

Pumpkinhead, Shipyard Brewing ($9.50)
Sometimes you CAN judge a book by it’s cover. We picked up Pumpkinhead because of its killer headless horseman logo (and it has roots in Maine, just like us), and were pleasantly surprised by the equally killer beer inside. A light beer that tastes like a pumpkin pie, this crisp beer will sneak up on you (9% ABV). Strong cinnamon flavors with a sweet finish mean you’ll want to revisit this one after the tasting. Just keep your head on.

Fall Hornin, Anderson Valley Brewing Company ($8)
With a sweet Halloween-y logo and the convenience of a can, Fall Hornin had bonus points right off the bat. Malty, nutty and just a hint of hops, this pumpkin ale was more ale-y than pumpkiny. No major dissenters, but not a huge standout either. Easy to drink and great with corn nuts. And did we mention that it comes in a can?

Pumpkin Harvest Ale, Half Moon Bay Brewing Co ($5, 22oz bottle)
A crowd favorite, this craft beer is bottled pumpkin pie. It smells like a Thanksgiving kitchen and tastes like a pecan pumpkin pie. In fact, if we didn’t know any better we’d think this was brewed and barreled in an actual pumpkin… nope, just made with more than 600 pounds of locally grown and roasted Sugar Pie pumpkins in Northern California. It’s a little on the pricey side, but there’s a lot of bang for your buck in this amber ale. Trust us, it’s a little slice of heaven.

KBC Pumpkin Ale, Kennebunkport Brewing Company ($6)
Ok, KBC Pumpkin Ale isn’t winning any awards for “Best Pumpkin Flavor” any time soon, but that’s a good thing in some people’s books. Crisp and spritely, this light beer isn’t overly flavored but still has a little seasonal zip to it. And at $1 per beer, you can’t beat the price.

Engine 45 Pumpkin Ale, Mendocino Brewing Company ($7.50)
Carmel in color and in taste, the Engine 45 Pumpkin Ale is another beer that gets points for a subtle pumpkin flavor. In fact, it’s more on the chocolatey side. But after a few pumpkin spice samples, the coco is a welcome flavor. A nice hoppy finish tickles our fancy and reminds us that the “ale” component in pumpkin ale is still going strong.

Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider, ACE Cider ($3, 22oz bottle) 
If you can’t wait for the holidays to eat a pumpkin pie, then let the Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider tide you over. But be forewarned, this baby is sweet. Tasting like a liquified apple cider donut, we don’t know how pumpkiny this pumpkin cider is, but we aren’t complaining. Strong notes of cinnamon and champagne-like bubbles complement the apple cider base, and if you drink enough you’ll probably taste a few pumpkins too.

Not a bad Monday at the office, but we’re sure we missed some good ones. Tell us your favorite pumpkin beer – ’tis the season! 

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