Written by John Squires
As an avid beer drinker, I love nothing more than when companies step outside the box and fuse together the worlds of horror and craft beer. We’ve recently profiled unique creations like Count Chocula Beer, Ecto Cooler Beer, and Walking Dead Beer, and we’ve got another fun one for you today.
Narragansett Beer, immortalized on screen as the chosen beverage of Quint in Jaws – the company recently released retro-style cans that replicate the ones Quint so memorably crushed – has spent this year paying tribute to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, thus far releasing a couple brews based on his work.
As they just announced on social media, Narragansett will launch the latest beer in their Lovecraft tribute series just in time for Halloween, and this time they’re paying tribute to Herbert West: Re-Animator – a classic Lovecraft short story that became the 1985 horror favorite known simply as Re-Animator.
Dubbed the Reanimator Helles Lager, the 6.5% ABV beer is going to be unveiled at a special release party on October 10th, in conjunction with a 30th anniversary screening of Re-Animator at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. Tickets are just $10, and you’ll find all the info at that link.
“Just as Dr. Herbert West became obsessed with reanimating the dead, so too did we become obsessed with reviving our Bock,” Narragansett said of the horror-inspired beer. “It is the same recipe [made with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops], but we will then dry-hop with Czech Saaz at the end of the process. In the Lovecraft story, they use a serum that brings the dead back to life, but after being reanimated, they are a bit…different. Dry-hopping the Czech Saaz will be the ‘serum’ that reanimates our Bock. This method will give the brew an additional spicy character that will add a layer of complexity as well as a slightly stronger hop and floral aroma.”
Six-packs of tallboys will be hitting stores in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!