So far, my October has been filled with haunting video games and pumpkin beers that resemble baked goods from a family gathering. It’s time to crank things up to 11 with a new brew that packs some heat and a game that pays tribute to the schlock and awe of 80’s horror.
Prior to this year, New Belgium Brewing Company offered the cranberry-infused Pumpkick as a seasonal treat. Tasting like a slice of pumpkin pie with a hint of cranberry sauce, it seemed like New Belgium’s autumnal brews would follow the dessert trend of other pumpkin beers. That is, until their Voodoo Ranger came along and dropped a gourd-shaped bomb on store shelves.
Brewed with Saigon cinnamon and habanero peppers, Atomic Pumpkin is unlike any fall beer I have tasted. It starts with the sweet flavor of buttered cinnamon toast, which spikes into a spicy body of pumpkin soup with roasted peppers. The habanero heat builds with every sip, but the malty body and cinnamon notes keep this delicious brew well-balanced throughout.
A huge chunk of my adolescence was spent consuming increasingly colorful junk food and indulging in horror movie marathons. Thanks to a recent release from Blue Wizard Digital, I can relive those halcyon days in the form of an adorable-yet-gory puzzle game.
In Slayaway Camp, you slide the pixelated psycho Skullface around colorful grid-based levels, laying waste to blocky campers. There is a steady difficulty curve to the puzzles, providing increasingly complex order-of-operation challenges and hazards (read: killing methods). The cute visuals serve as an saccharine contrast to the rather visceral slasher film style executions. The menu screens further reinforce the 80’s horror aesthetic, with digital representations of stalking the shelves of local video stores for horror movies.
Are there any beers or video games that have taken your Halloween celebrations to The Extreme™? Let us know in the comments!