I'm excited to say that this year, my Halloween weekend won't consist of watching scary "B" movies on cable while consuming half of the candy I have designated for trick or treaters. This year, I will be sippin' holiday inspired beer at Burnside Brewery's, Night of the Living Ales, this Saturday, October 29th. Burnside Brewery, my favorite brewery thus far, will be hosting this event in their elaborately decorated brew house, with an adjacent covered outdoor beer garden.

Burnside hosted the tasty Portland Fruit Beer Festival last June. Initially skeptical about the limited space on the new brewery's lot, the fest proved successful; an event I hope becomes a staple in the Portland craft brew community. Needless to say,  this weekend's Night of the Living Ales, should be another event for the books.

The beer list for the Halloween event was released a week ago, including holiday themed brews from seven different Oregon breweries. Having spent the summer drinking lighter pale ales and lagers, I was pleased to see that the line-up includes some stronger players.

Burnside Brewing: Permafrost - is Burnside Brewing Co.'s first winter elixir. It's a big strong ale brewed with 7 different malts and copious amounts of Columbia and Amarillo hops pillowed in the middle to give this warming brew a chewy complex malt body and a unique fruity juicy hoppiness throughout. You wont want to sip this dangerously strong and tasty beer like you should but pound it . 8.3% abv 77.4 IBU

Burnside Brewing: Peanut Butter Chocolate Alt - A one-off keg of Burnside Brewing's take on the traditional German-style Alt bier malty and carmelly with reese's peanut butter cups infused into the beer to complement the creamy body and nutty dry finish. It's all the favorite flavors of Halloween candy you loved as a kid infused into your favorite adult beverage!

Fort George Brewery: North V - This year we took another Holiday Icon, The Fruitcake, and designed our Winter Seasonal in its’ honor. A mash of barley, oats, wheat, rye, rich caramel and honey malts are mildly spiced with Cascade and Saaz hops, fermented with Fort George House Yeast then allowed to condition on hand-splintered, rum inspired oak. A Glase Fruit concoction that includes cherries, pineapple, orange and lemon peel is dissolved into the finished beer to add the final touches. While designed and bottled to age, we are sure this version of the Fruitcake will not be passed down for generations, but opened and imbibed at many a cheerful gathering. 7.5% abv. IBU’s Hard To Tell Oakshire Brewing: Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Oven roasted pumpkins, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger round out this burly Imperial Porter. Trick…. or Treat? Lompoc: 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash - this batch was aged in Bourbon barrels for 11 months and cellared for an additional two. This Imperial Porter has a slight Bourbon aroma with chocolate and licorice flavors finishing with vanilla notes (8% ABV).

Ninkasi Brewing: Sleigh'r - A delicious northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark double alt, malty, nourishing and delicious, it's sure to keep the winter at bay, and yes, Sleigh'r does rock!

Widmer Brothers: O' Ryely IPA - The latest in the rotator series of IPA's is made with Rye to coplement the hops with an added rye bread spiciness.

10 Barrel: India Session Ale - A low alcohol session beer you can knock back a few of without getting a buzz but sacrifice none of the hoppy goodness of an IPA.

Lompoc has my vote already, with their barrel aged porter. Licorice, vanilla, and bourbon...Can you think of a better mix? That better mix may just be peanut butter and chocolate. Burnside is genius for thinking of combining those two favorites. Peanut Butter Chocolate Alt is infused with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! I will no longer need to consume the kiddies' Halloween candy to be satisfied. There'll also be a full bar with liquor and drink specials for your beer-hating girlfriend.

To prevent boredem, Burnside will have live music by The Ascetic Junkies and Boy Eats Drum Machine, as well as Halloween themed Burlesque from Meghan Mayhem and Hai Fleisch of Rose City Shimmy. Wear your costume for a chance to win prizes and gift cards for the best dressed.

This year's Night of the Living Ales is sponsored by Burside Brewing, Maletis Beverage, Yelp and Ninkasi Brewing. You can purchase advanced tickets at http://www.nightofthelivingales.com/ to avoid lines.

If you don't want to wait for post-festival details, then get your scary butts down to Burnside this Saturday!

Night of the Living Ales - Halloween Fest! Saturday October 29th 8pm-1am $8 at the door. Advanced tix for faster access $9.50 via website Burnside Brewing Co. 701 E. Burnside Portland, OR 97214 Directions