Halloween – 2/2 – PorchDrinking.com
When I was a child, growing up in suburban New Jersey, there was a Halloween costume contest every year at the park around the corner from our house. The process involved walking around in a circle, with other eager trick-or-treaters, so the judges could get a load of everyone’s gear. The winner for each category received a $2 bill, exciting stuff for a 6-year-old in *cough cough* 1986. I am proud to say I won this contest for one category or another several times. Now that I’m an “adult” I’ll go out on a limb and wager it may have been rigged since my mom was the mayor of our town. But that’s not the point.
Despite the big night being only a few days away, you still haven’t received an invite to the spectacular annual Halloween party thrown by your friend with an actual house and an affinity for spooky decorations. It’s a waiting game at this point. No need to panic yet.
Who needs a haunted house? Our PorchDrinking staff prepares to get spooked by remembering some of their scariest memories from Halloweens past.
Whether you’ll be throwing a mid-week party or just need some entertainment while warding off pre-teens intent on egging your house, we’ve set up the perfect playlist of Halloween music for you. Ranging from DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s A Nightmare On My Street to Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads, our playlist covers just about every genre of music we could fit into a 2 hour run-time. Enjoy!
Imperial Black IPA
October is finally here! And half gone at that! But, there is still plenty of time to drink some of the best seasonal beer selections breweries have to offer. Now, it is no surprise that pumpkin beers have been taking over the market selection for seasonal brews this year. However, there are a ton of other great beer styles to drink this October, such as Harvest Ales, Brown Ales, Black Ales, really any full-bodied dark beer with toasty notes to keep you warm by a fire. Founders Brewing Co. introduced one such brew to their autumn line-up, a bold new speciality beer, Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA. From appearance all the way to flavor, Dark Penance sets a fresh new tone for beers this season, capturing all the right characteristics of fall.
With Halloween recently ended, I thought it was prevalent to include a costume idea for next year. Whether is be a fictional superhero, our favorite movie character, or the most elusive monster in American culture, our ambitions know no bounds. Moreover, who wouldn’t want to spot a seven-foot Sasquatch walking around.
We realize that Halloween was yesterday, but just because it’s November doesn’t mean we can’t keep celebrating! Lots of breweries got in the Halloween Spirit this week including River North Brewery, Epic Brewing and Dogfish Head. We decided next year …
Horror movies belong to the most polarizing class of all moviemaking. Action blockbusters, romantic comedies and historical biopics all sell tickets and garner critical acclaim, but the horror genre brings about as much disdain and avoidance as it does obsession and fandom. It’s the bastard step-child of the Greek tragedy, offering up a kind of storytelling far beyond the traditional good guy wins, bad guy loses mentality.
October is such a wild month. In all regards, it starts with relative ease. Only a slight chill to the weather, only a budding budget squabble in Washington, only flowery decorations on your neighbors porch. But the deeper we fall down October’s rabbit hole, the more madness consumes us. I’m talking about fall frosts, a government shutting down, and terrifying(ly awful) cotton cobwebs and sheet-ghosts on every corner. But hey, at least our popular culture is safe. It’s not like we’re slowly marching to a holiday that metaphorically AND literally celebrates this horror, one that completely consumes the collective culture of everything pop and pulp. Oh, wait.
The official start of fall is rapidly approaching, so I asked our staff what they love most about what is quickly becoming my favorite season. Personally, I’m enjoying the cooler weather, my pumpkin spice candle, pumpkin beer and the return …
Cigar City Brewing serves up several brews that have garnered a cult follow, partially because they’re only available in Florida, partially because they are one of the only solid breweries at the moment to come out of Florida and mostly because they make fantastic, cult following worthy beers. One of those pedestal level rarities is Marshal Zhukov.