Halloween is here so it’s time to revive my annual habit of celebrating in an untraditional fashion. With there being very little that’s new under the sun and costume dress-up getting more and more generic and uninspired, a little creativity is in order.
My favorite thing to do is think outside of the box for a costume idea. The most original concepts, I’ve found, have been the mash-ups. This is where you combine two thoroughly dissimilar entities into something – hopefully – clever. Here’s an example: a friend of mine is doing Waterboy George mashing together pop singer Boy George with a truly frightful – therefore apropos to Halloween – Adam Sandler movie.
Wait… That’s not a horror? Comedy? Really? Wow… You don’t say!
This year I’m doing an idea that on first glance no one is going to get, so I’d better use my public forum here to explain. Darth Nader. We’re about to have a new Star Wars movie and who doesn’t love consumer advocates who were also Presidential candidates? “I find your lack of faith in seat belts disturbing…”
Maybe that concept died on the table. Moving on to Untradition Number 2. Kids show up at the door with the de rigueur “Trick or Treat,” to which I show them how I can miraculously separate my thumb from my hand only to have it instantly re-attach. The “this guy’s a dork” expressions are placated once I give up the candy. You gotta keep them kids on their toes; give ‘em something to think about.
Untradition Numero Tres. Scary and gory movies are all fine, but how about a little comedic murder mystery? Every Halloween I try to find time to watch the largely-unknown 1985 Jonathan Lynn/John Landis/board game adaptation Clue. The ensemble cast is fantastic and the plot winds in and out of fast dialogue, absurd situations and one-liners that’d make Henny Youngman proud.
Might there be a beer that can be enjoyed while watching Clue? Fort Collins Brewing made one with the candlestick in the library. “There Gose Professor Plum” is one of those “scary” styles that some beer drinkers are afraid of as it falls into the category of sour. Add a little salt and coriander into the mix and folks accustomed to weak adjunct lager find it unpalatable. Good… more for us, then.
This hazy straw-yellow item sports an egg white head and funky scents of horse blanket (that’s a good thing!), Sour Patch Kids candy, preserved lemon rind and peach. Juicy plum zaps the palate up front followed by sour blood orange juice, a Flintstones Vitamins mineral note and Meyer lemon. The light carbonation carries a long, tart finish. Probably some fresh plum thrown in while it was being kettle-soured… No word if any professors were harmed in the making of this beer.
It’s no mystery to me why this is a tasty beer. Now, if I can only find five other folks willing to dress up like Clue suspects and drink some Fort Collins Gose with me.