Well, autumn is just around the corner, which means October is just around the corner, and you know what that means it’s time for?
Werewolf alcohol, apparently.
First up is Newcastle’s famous and very popular Werewolf Blood-Red Ale, which was the top-selling limited edition import last year.
According to its distributor, Heineken, the ale is described as such:
Newcastle Werewolf features a seasonally advantageous palate – sweet berry fruit with roasted caramel notes up front followed by a bite from Fuggle and Golding hops at the finish. It is brewed with rye malts, making it naturally blood-red in color, and is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume with 23.4 International Bittering Units.
That means nothing to me because I don’t drink (because I’ve never found werewolf alcohol in my area, probably) but for those of you who do—there you go.
Heineken also mentions that Newcastle Werewolf will be available nationally (in the USA) from August to October in 6- and 12-packs (priced comparably to Newcastle Brown Ale) and will also be available on draft at bars and pubs in “most major markets.” Newcastle Brown Ale brand director Quinn Kilbury also wants it on record that Newcastle Werewolf “has certain magical qualities that not only make it taste awesome but also help you ward off werewolves. Just in case you’re worried about that sort of thing.”
The second returning werewolf alcohol is the Violin Monster Autumn Ale, produced by his local Arbor Brewing Company.
Violin Monster Autumn Ale is going to be a lot harder to get your hands on, unless you live in Michigan. Violin Monster, after all, has settled there the longest, so it only makes sense.
The Arbor Brewing company describes their local werewolf’s ale thus:
A geographical approach to the werewolf legends results in the identification of a major werewolf area stretching from mid-Germany into the Netherlands and Belgium. With this in mind, we have created a strong, dark, spiced using ingredients from those regions. Brewed with Midnight Wheat, warming spices, and a hint of brown sugar, the Violin Monster is black as night and packs a punch at 9.5%. Unleash your inner beast with Violin Monster Dark Ale, but beware…. it finishes with a bite!
Violin Monster Autumn Ale is sold in stores from September to November (as you’d expect from an autumn ale), and is in fact having a release party on the 22nd with the Violin Monster himself present for photos and autographs! You can get more details on that on the Violin Monster’s Facebook page if you are so inclined. (And if attend and take pictures, I expect you to tweet them and tag me so I can see the festivities, too.)
I bought some last year, and enjoyed it. I have a beer every so often, and at the time I bought it as a joke with the wife since I’ve been known to write a werewolf story or two from time to time. Come to find out it was very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to seeing it come out again.