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Undead: The archives resurrected

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I went on a quest through the DRAFT Archives to resurrect some of the Halloween-themed beers from over the years. Read on… if you’re not afraid of ghosts, zombies, vampires and werewolves.

Newcastle Werewolf 

Legend has it a werewolf haunts the countryside surrounding the Newcastle brewery. The beer starts out almost brown-ale-ish, with nice bread and berry malt notes completely covering the palate; but just as quickly as the malt shows up, sharp rye and hops shove it away, drying out the mouth with grainy notes and bitterness. A nice grainy, almost roasty note settles onto the tongue. The beer sips much bigger than its ABV.

Zombie Dust

According to Wikipedia, zombie dust is a drug cocktail favored by Motley Crue, and “it gets its name from the perceived effects that your body is awake but your head is asleep, as well as the feeling of euphoria.” Yikes. There beer of the same name includes citra hops, giving the beer a orange, grapefruit and tropical mango notes.

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

Dead reckoning is the method by which sailors in the 1300s would navigate the open waters using gut instinct and whatever skills available. Some made it to shore, and others became shark bait. This unfiltered porter is full of flavorful chocolate and roasted malts—it’s so savory it’ll keep you steering in a safe direction.

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

A 10% monster that blends exceptionally rich chocolate and roasted malts with vanilla, dark fruits and wisps of smoke. Today, this recipe has been resurrected and called Undead Party Crasher as an ode to fighting trademark attorneys.

The Great Northern Brewing Snow Ghost Winter Lager

Although brewed in celebration of the snow ghosts who haunt the mountains in Montana, this beer’s nothing to fear. Sweet, toasted malt scents blend with spicy hops for a robust aroma that’s balanced and aggressive. On the tongue, malts transition from toasted to crackerlike as the beer washes back, with hints of chocolate popping up along the way. Hops show some muscle throughout the swallow, lending a rustic flavor while a rush of bitterness scrapes the tongue clean. Snow Ghost clocks in at only 5.9%-ABV, but its hefty presence leaves you feeling a little warm inside.

 

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Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.

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