The featured beer painting of the day is of Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company. The label on this beer is from a 1922 poster for a German silent film called Nosferatu. This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was completely illegitimate, because the producers did not have the rights to produce a version of the Dracula story. So they changed the name from Dracula to Count Orlock, and vampire to Nosferatu. However, in a court decision, they were forced to cease and desist, and destroyed all but one bootleg copy of the film, which has become an influential masterpiece. I watched most of this movie in fast forward (it’s available through Amazon Prime). I think it must have been difficult to produce considering the technology of the day, and still gives me the creeps despite the lack of high tech special effects. Simple shadowing techniques and gloomy lighting can give you the creeps as much as geysers of fake blood.
This beer is a killer Halloween beer because of the creepy label. I don’t know if I would hang this painting all year round, but it sure is cool to have hanging right now during Halloween season. The beer is very good and deserves the 92 rating on Beer Advocate. Mellow for the 8% ABV content, and the hops must have been swallowed up in the malt, because this beer is very balanced and not what you would expect from the description of “highly hopped”. It is rich with flavor and very delicious, but I would compare it more with Irish red ales instead of IPA reds. The color is a beautiful amber, a perfect vampire’s drink. Not only is the label representational of German cinema, but this beer is also reinheitsgebot.
Great Lakes Brewing, you guys are awesome! Every beer I have had from your brewery has been world class, as classic as this 1922 movie!