Black Widow Porter Patch Hat
One Size Fits Most
Many full moons have passed by and along with them, old recipes have been tucked away - some forever - in dusty, sometimes forgotten nooks, crannies and cabinets in all of our breweries. However, certain beers have a way of establishing their footholds and carrying forward, largely on their own momentum. Originally created at the Thompson Brewery on October 15, 1991 and made by all Thompson Brewers to come after, Black Widow has become an expected and welcome Halloween treat at the Thompson Public House in Salem. Every fall the Widow's web envelopes the entire company, as every McMenamins brewery makes a batch. Preparing for the brew, ale-houses warm to the task with vats of striking hot water. Mysterious sacks of grain are shuffled to steaming mash cauldrons. Madcap laughs are heard in darkened aging-cellars and Thompson's stairway to nowhere. And brewers bare fangs as well as souls in the ritual preparation of this year's Halloween brew.