5 Must-Try Halloween Candy and Craft Beer Pairings

Halloween candy cornHalloween is just a few days away, which means that many homeowners in the Triangle area are busy stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters. But what should you do when November arrives and you’re left with half a bag of assorted chocolates and sugary treats?

You could always eat your leftover Halloween candy, share it with the neighbors or the office, or throw it away. Or, you could try pairing your candy with craft beer.

Pick Your Favorite North Carolina Brew

What better way to enjoy your leftover candy than with craft beer made right here in the Triangle area? Here at Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®, we are always looking for a win-win. Consider pairing these local craft beers with your Halloween candy.

Hershey’s Chocolate & BlackMamba Oatmeal Stout

This stout from Aviator Brewing Company, which is located in Fuquay-Varina, has hints of chocolate that will pair nicely with pure Hershey’s chocolate.

a bowl of leftover candyTwix & Copperline Amber Ale

The malty flavor of this red ale from Carolina Brewery will complement the caramel and chocolate of the Twix. Carolina Brewery has two locations, Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and Lowes Drive in Pittsboro.

Reese’s Pieces & El Toro

There’s no better pairing than peanut butter, chocolate, and cream ale. Try Fullsteam‘s El Toro with Reese’s Cups or Reese’s Pieces. If you’re relocating to the Triangle and searching for neighborhoods, the historic Hope Valley community is just 5 miles from this brewery in Durham.

Smarties & Bière de Neuse

Neuse River Brewing Company in Raleigh has a Saison that complements the sour taste of the Smarties. This brewery is located inside the Beltline and is just minutes from Raleigh’s historic Flythe Hills and Hayes Barton neighborhoods.

Hot Tamales & Pumptrack

The spices in Crank Arm Brewing‘s seasonal pumpkin beer pair nicely with the cinnamon spices in Hot Tamales and Red Hots. Crank Arm Brewing is conveniently located on West Davie Street in Downtown Raleigh. If you want to live just steps from this brewery, unique shops, and top-rated restaurants, consider a home or condo in the Warehouse District.

Find Your New Home in the Triangle

In addition to local breweries, the Triangle area is home to Research Triangle Park, major shopping and dining destinations, and excellent local neighborhoods. For over 30 years, we have helped home buyers relocate and find a home in their price range and in their favorite location. If you are buying a home in the Triangle area, contact us today at 919-235-0007.

What to Do with Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween candy cornIf you have kids or work in an office, there’s a good chance that you’re surrounded by leftover Halloween candy. What do you do about this problem?

Of course there are these standard options: You could eat it, share it, stash it for later, or throw it away. But maybe there’s another option: You might be able to pair that candy in a way to make it even better.

Delectable Beer-And-Candy Pairings

Here at Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® we are always looking for a win-win. Our own Steve Kruger recommends the following beer types and brews below, and you can find the best candy to pair with them here or on this beer and brewing article.


Pair your pure chocolate candies, like M&Ms and Hershey’s fun-sized bars, with these barrel-aged craft beers:

  • Olde Hickory (NC) — The Event Horizon
  • Brooklyn — Black Ops
  • New Holland — Dragon’s Milk

The seasonal release of Olde Hickory’s Event Horizon is not available yet, but it is a great choice if you’re lucky enough to have one in your beer cellar.

Cream Ale

Peanut butter, chocolate, and cream ales — what could be better? Try Reese’s Cups or Reese’s Pieces with these recommendations:

  • Fullsteam (NC) — El Toro Cream Ale
  • Foothills (NC) — Carolina Blonde
  • Catawba Brewing Co. (NC) — Farmer Ted’s Cream Ale


Pair fruity treats like Starburst with these equally delicious pale, fruity ales:

  • Haw River — Rusted Plow Farmhouse Saison
  • Brasserie DuPont — Saison DuPont
  • The Bruery — Saison Rue

If you’ve never had a Saison, Saison DuPont is the benchmark.

Raspberry Ale

Take a bite of luxury with these raspberry ales paired with scrumptious dark chocolates:

  • Mother Earth (NC) — Windowpane Series Raspberry
  • Abita— Purple Haze
  • Founders — Rubaeus

The Windowpane beer has been retired, but it is still available at Total Wine on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Don’t be afraid of the fact it’s a year old. This one ages well.


Try malted candies like Butterfingers with these beers:

  • Red Oak (NC)— Seasonal Bocks
  • Ayinger— Celebrator Doppelbock
  • Troeg’s — Troegenator Double Bock

If you’ve never had a Doppelbock, Ayinger’s is the benchmark.


This Craft Beer & Brewing article recommends IPAs with Hot Tamales to balance the flavors, and we recommend the following craft brews:

  • Wicked Weed (NC) — Freak of Nature
  • Lynnwood Grill and Brewing Concern (NC) — Hop On Top
  • Foothills (NC) — Jade
  • Stone — Enjoy By Series or Ruination 2.0
  • Lagunitas — Sucks

It is critical that your IPA is fresh; the closer to the brewing date the better. Check the bottle for a brewed on or best by date. Preferably, IPA should be no more than 3 months old.

At Lynnwood Grill, you can get a fresh growler of this IPA at the restaurant. Even better, go on Wednesday when growler fills are only $10.

Light Lager

Appreciate the subtle taste of the caramel in candy corn and similar sugary treats when paired with these light lagers:

  • Red Oak (NC) — Hummin’bird
  • Oskar Blues (NC) — Mama’s Little Pils
  • Uinta — 801 Pilsner

Milk Stout

Again, pair rich chocolates like Hershey’s bars with these brews and savor the sensation:

  • DuckRabbit (NC) — Milk Stout
  • Left Hand — Nitro Milk Stout
  • Stone — Coffee Milk Stout

If you like coffee, Stone’s Coffee Milk Stout should pair beautifully with milk chocolate.


Get a taste of fall with a cider to complement candied apples and caramel apple-flavored candies.

My recommendation is drive to Bull City Ciderworks in Durham and check out their wonderful assortment of ciders.  Then take home a growler of your favorite. If you don’t want to drive out to Durham though, here are some other options:

  • Naked Apple (NC) — Wicked Peel
  • Angry Orchard — The Muse or any option from their Cider House Collection
  • Crispin — Stagger Lee

Sour Beer

Choose a sweet-and-sour pairing with our personal recommendations:

  • Wicked Weed (NC) — Any sour they brew, especially Serenity
  • Haw River (NC) — Any sour they brew
  • Vichte — Duchesse De Bourgogne (The Belgians are the true Kings of Funk)

Keep an eye out for our wine and candy pairings coming soon! How were our recommendations? Let us know in the comments.

The Triangle: Your Craft Brew and Celebration Paradise

Have you been thinking about relocating to the Triangle area? Do you enjoy craft beers like the ones we mentioned in our beer-and-candy pairings?

The Triangle is home to several areas that are renowned for their local brewing companies and craft beer cultures, including the city of Durham — home of the World Beer Festival.

Does this sound like a great area to call home? We invite you to browse Durham’s neighborhoods and homes for sale and find your new home at the heart of the city, and contact us at 919-235-0007 or linda@lindacraft.com to schedule a showing of your dream home.