You might have noticed on social media this morning that everyone is talking about #InternationalBeerDay. ‘International Beer Day‘ is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov. Mostly everyone seems to be on board with the holiday as an excuse to head to the local pub – but what about those who want something a little out of the ordinary?
Participants in this bizarre holiday are encouraged to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks. They are also asked to sample the products of independent brewers and beers from other cultures. So, here’s some horror themed beers to check out. Even if you’re not a fan of beer, it’s worth looking at some of the awesome label artwork on some of these designs. From a homage to one of cinema’s earliest gothic chillers, to beers named after Satanic entities – let’s delve into this look at horror themed beers.
Great Lakes’ tribute to one of horror’s oldest villains, the brewers conjured Nosferatu. They included some fun easter eggs for horror fans in the gothic artwork; explaining, “Let your eyes creep across our label artwork, and you’ll unearth film negatives referencing the classic German horror movie that inspired our spookiest brew.”
Created in partnership with comic book industry artists, this zombie themed beer promises “gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse”. The old school zombie artwork for the label was created by Tim Seeley.
With both the Halloween and Rosemary’s Baby references, this one seems to have been designed for spooky parties. Roadsmary’s Baby Pumpkin Ale is actually made using real pumpkins!
Narragansett Beer was founded the same year that horror author H.P Lovecraft was born. Commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Horror,” he has inspired this ale with the Space Mead consumed by winged Byakhee as protection from “interstellar space travel” in Lovecraft’s “The Festival”.
After launching at Portland Beer Week, this tribute to the musical classic features a label created by artist and Shipyard tour host Hannah Godbey.
Slip Into Darkness is a Hoppy Cascadian Dark Lager. It features a label designed by Oakland, CA based artist Skinner who says he is “Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods”.