One Small Town’s Cereal Shortage and the Man Behind It

A brewer's cereal confession solves a spooky mystery in Fort Collins, Colorado.

— -- Call him a "cereal killer."

A small Colorado town's grocery mystery was solved when it was discovered a brewery, not a cereal-loving vampire, had bought out boxes of a spooky, seasonal favorite to create a Halloween-themed beer.

As a result, there is a shortage of Count Chocula in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Black Bottle Brewery is using it as an ingredient in a small-batch beer.

The brewery's Cerealiously beer series has previously used cereal including Golden Grahams, Reese's Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, for a "milky stout," the Coloradoan newspaper reports.

Count Chocula was sold out in a local Albertson's grocery store in Fort Collins in just two days after it received its shipment.

Black Bottle Brewery sympathized with Kristen Clark, 37, a local resident who was distraught by the cereal’s dearth. So the brewery gave her a box of it on Sunday. Though Clark, an accountant, is a vegetarian, she makes an annual exception to eat her favorite marshmallow-laden cereal, which she said she has loved ever since she was a kid.

“To me, it’s nostalgic,” she told ABC News. “I remember commercials when I was a kid. I always loved Count Chocula.”

Clark, who usually buys three boxes when the cereal is released, said her family is sending a couple more boxes from Oregon.

Albertson's grocery store in Fort Collins says it won't be receiving any more pallets of Count Chocula, as it is a seasonal item ordered in the summer. But the other two "Monster" flavors are in stock, they said.

The brewery said it adds 40 pounds of cereal to a seven-barrel batch. Then it is steeped after fermentation.

Black Bottle Brewery said the beer will be available Oct. 30, and there will be future Cerealiously beers, including Lucky Charms for the next St. Patrick's Day.

"Some of the snobby brewers out there think we’re stupid for doing it and honestly if they’re hating on us, then we’re doing something right," said Sean Nook, Black Bottle head brewer and co-owner with his wife. "And it’s a fan favorite. Whenever we release it, it’s pretty much gone. When we release it, it’s the fastest moving beer we have."

"We’re pretty off the wall anyways. We have a lot of fun with everything we do. A lot of our beer names are silly and even though we’re wild, we’re still good people and we reached out to her," Nook said of Clark.

A spokesman for General Mills, Mike Siemienas, told ABC News: "We enjoy seeing people create new recipes with their favorite cereal products," and the "Monster" cereals' highest volume was during the Halloween season.

ABC News' Stefanie Tuder contributed to this report.