Beer: Tales from the Patch by Big Rig Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Porter
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.
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.
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!
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…
The Diamonds “Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula”
Lonnie Johnson “Blue Ghost Blues”
Robots!Everywhere!! “Cold On Halloween”