When I approached the weekly R&D Meeting crew about a Halloween candy and beer pairing, I had no complaints. In fact, Mike Francis responded, “Beer and candy…sounds like the best R&D ever!”

We had a rather hands on approach to this pairing; there was little rhyme or reason behind our tasting. I gathered nine candy varieties and five beers to mix and match. Jumping between several different combinations, we all stumbled across our favorite combinations. Some seem obvious, others seem unlikely but all are delicious. So grab your favorite Payette beer, some Halloween candy and indulge until you’ve found your perfect combination!


Candy Varieties: Milk Duds, York Peppermint Patties, Butterfingers, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Starburst, Kit Kats, Almond Joy


Favorite Combinations:

Mike Francis, Founder and CEO: Peppermint Patty and Pistolero

Ian Fuller, Brewer: Peppermint Patty and Pistolero

Matt Watterson, Brewer: Lemon Starburst and North Fork

Darrin Goodrich, Brewer: Kit Kat and North Fork

Ryan Atagi, Quality Control Manager: Peppermint Patty and Aura Blackberry & Peach

Carlos DeSousa, Territory Manager: Reese’s and Pistolero

Madeleine Pier, Marketing Coordinator: Sour Patch Kids and Rodeo