Thirsty Thursday: Halloween Edition with Tales from the Patch by Big Rig Brewery


Beer: Tales from the Patch by Big Rig Brewery

Style: Pumpkin Porter

ABV: 5.8%

Pairing: A Halloween playlist

About the Beer:  Ahhhhh pumpkins… The seasonal berry (yes, a berry) that everybody goes crazy about this time a year. You will find pumpkin spice in your lattes, desserts, whiskey, and of course beer. But the folks at Big Rig Brewery actually spiced and roasted local pumpkins to give Tales from the Patch its rich flavour. This beer will warm you up as you prepare for the hordes of trick or treaters anxiously awaiting at your door.

Commercial description:

Tales From The Patch is a chocolate-hued pumpkin porter that uses real pumpkins the brew team picked from Miller’s Farm in Manotick, ON.  “We came back to the brewery and spiced and baked them, then put the roasted pumpkin right into the brew,” Lon Ladell, Big Rig Brewery brewmaster, explains. Vanilla beans and creamy milk sugar were also added to create a rich, smooth porter that mimics the fresh, cozy nature of the fall season.

bigrig_talesfromthepatchThe Music:

The Yips “Blood Meridian

The Yips have an ability to be so melodic and spooky at the same time.

Rasputina “Gingerbread Coffin

The song structure is bizarre, the eerie circus feel all come together around 2:25. The distant violins… creepy…

The Creeps “Ghost

The Creeps should always play their hometown of Ottawa on Halloween.

Misfits “Return of the Fly

With the cold setting as we prepare for winter, it’s the return of the flies in my house… MY NIGHTMARE!

Bonnie Doon “Pizza Shark

Pizza Shark is my next costume!

The Cramps “I Was a Teenage Werewolf

The rolling drums on this song want me to strip and show off my werewolfness. (chest hair and beard)

Roberta Bondar “Creature Cave

Caves freak me out…

Talking Heads “Psycho Killer

I’ve been on a Talking Head kick lately so this makes the list ok!! OK!!! Killer bass line!

The Sonics “Strychnine” or “The Witch

These two songs still hold up 50 years later.

Satan’s Pilgrims “Haunted House of Rock

No lyrics… who needs them with a creepy band name, song title and song feel?

The Adding Machine “Straight Out the Swamp

Let us finish with some hip hop. Straight out of the swamps of Ottawa…

Honorable mentions

The Diamonds “Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula

Lonnie Johnson “Blue Ghost Blues

Robots​!​Everywhere​!​! “Cold On Halloween

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