For many people, fall is the best time of the year. For others, it signifies the end of summer; the end of late sunny nights tanning their skin away under while sipping on fruity renditions of pale ales and IPA’s. The sun starts to fade earlier and earlier, leaving our nights filled with darkness which can be rather emotional.
Dark times call for dark beers, and dark beers call for dark music. Black ales, porters, and brown ales – these heavy beers, paired with some of the most emo music we could remember, will leave you feeling warm and stormy inside. Lace up your chucks and tighten your studded belt, this will be one sentimental ride.
*Girls don’t like boys, girls like Harvest Shandy*
Leinenkugel Harvest Shandy
If you were born in the early 90’s, there’s a good chance you loved Good Charlotte at some point in your life. They were emo enough for the punk kids, but still poppy enough to play at your middle school dance. Leinenkugel’s Harvest Shandy is kind of like Good Charlotte; embarrassing, but a guilty pleasure all the same.
Harvest Shandy won’t give you any cool points, but at the end of the day, who really cares. Fall is too short not to be self indulgent for pumpkin spice. Your mom may even throw back a few of these with you while reminiscing on your straight black hair with the peacock thing in the back. Enjoy this fall seasonal while rocking out to the band that was hard to admit you liked even when they were popular.
Listen: Good Charlotte - Girls & Boys
*Ohio is for Porters*
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
“Hey there, I know its hard to feel like you” didn’t care at all about Hawthorne Heights, but let’s be honest. We all did. The band hails from Ohio, just like Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. It’s as black as your eyeliner used to be, as you can see from the header image. For a porter, it is relatively light but will flood the room with aromas of barley and chocolate malt. Just like Hawthorne Heights, Edmund Fitzgerald isn’t too complex; rather a perfect example of its category. A couple of these beers mixed with some old Hawthorne Heights make a perfect lullaby “so you can fall asleep tonight”.
Listen: Hawthorne Heights - Ohio is for Lovers
*Give me your lips and with one sip, we begin*
Southern Tier Pumking
Southern Tier’s Pumking takes the flavor of your grandma’s pumpkin pie and shoves it into a ridiculously strong imperial ale. Its flavor profile consists of delicious cinnamon, pumpkin, and spice, and the smell is oh-so nice. Pumpkins are blended in with the mash which gives the brew a light copper color. The added spices impose a delectably dry finish.
The kings of emo pop-punk, Blink 182, make a perfect pairing to the king of pumpkin beers. Blink 182 have so many sing-alongs that this beer makes a great catalyst for drunken emo karaoke with your friends. Sitting at an 8.6% alcohol by volume, “If were fucked up,” Pumking is surely to blame.
Listen: Blink 182 - I’m Lost Without You, Anthem Part Two
*Drink in for luck, drink in so deep*
Dashboard Confessional are still playing shows. Weird, right? They seem like one of those emo bands that were frozen in the early 2000’s. Their music still holds up really well though. Revisit their catalogue with Lagunita’s enticing black IPA, NightTime. As Dashboard Confessional would say, “This night is wild”.
NightTime is by far one of the best black IPAs you can consume. It boasts of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of sweetness to aid your inner sadness. It will have you shouting “Hands down, this is the best day I can ever remember, I’ll always remember”.
Listen: Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down
The color of this ale is black enough to match your torn jeans and Doc Martens.”
*There’s no beer in this world like Eugene”
Revolution’s Eugene Porter
Eugene is a robust porter that will have you serenading it like a young Sonny Moore before he was known as Skrillex. The mega-popular EDM star was originally known for fronting From First to Last, and they were about as emo as you can get. Google some old photos if you’ve never seen the young, pink-eye-shadow-wearing Sonny every scene boy aspired to look like.
Eugene’s super dark color and chocolatey flavor are successful without the typical frill of vanilla and coffee notes. It should be a standard for porters as From First to Last was a standard for emo music.
Listen: From First to Last - Emily
*Here I am, it’s in my hands and I’ll savor every moment of this*
New Holland’s Dragon Milk
The Used are known for highly energetic live shows and tormented ballads, some of which have remained relevant even with the constraints of being labeled “emo." New Holland’s Dragon Milk makes for an adequate pairing due to the fact that Dragons Milk also overcame its styles restraints. Most barrel aged stouts are only available for a limited time and New Holland makes this incredibly flavorful beer available year round.
“I think of what it looks like, I think of what it tastes like." This stout has deep vanilla undertones with a hint of butterscotch. Don’t let the sweetness fool you – its spicy oak flavoring and 11% ABV will have you breathing fire. Once the last sip of this complex stout has been poured, you’ll understand the what The Used were singing about in “Poetic Tragedy:" “As far as he sees, nothings left in the cup. A whole cup full of nothing for him to indulge”.
Listen: The Used - Taste of Ink, Say Days Ago, Poetic Tragedy
*I just wanna drink you down so badly*
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
Dogfish Head brewery are known for their extreme takes on common beer styles; take their 90 Minute IPA for example. This is also the case with their Indian Brown Ale. They wanted to “MakeDamnSure” that this brown ale stays stocked in your fridge throughout the fall. Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale is a complex hybrid of multiple beer styles, coming together to deliver an equally hopped and malted brew.
It is a mixture of a traditional brown ale, a sweet caramel Scotch ale, and a hoppy IPA.
Listen: Taking Back Sunday - MakeDamnSure
*We live on front porches and swig life away*
Half Acre Lead Feather
Rise Against is for those of us who like our music a little heavier. They are a metal-core band from Chicago, but still provide a number of teary eyed ballads mixed in with their high energy punk sound. Rise Against deserves a heavy Chicago beer pairing, and Lead Feather shares the same edginess, from the name to the can design. Drinking Lead Feather means you feel like you have some grit to you. Rich with chocolate and pine, the color of this ale is black enough to match your torn jeans and Doc Martens.
Listen: Rise Against - Swing Life Away