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Chac-Mool

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout
  • Octane rating: 7.0%vol.
Chac-Mool

"Watcher of the universe like jaguar in the night
Standing at his temple on the surface of the moon
Time traveller raises through the smoke of stone
Riding the black monolith across the infinite and beyond
With jade and quetzal feathers he restores the sun
Spanning millions of light years and human thoughts
Bring us the stone age of future to come!"

Chac-Mool

The Background Story

"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfilment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." - Stanley Kubrick.

Physical space is also known as the “horror vacui” (“fear of emptiness”). Together with time it constitutes space-time; a boundless four-dimensional continuum in our understanding of the nature of reality through past, present and future. While our past is accessed through memory and recollection, the future is considered inevitable due to the existence of time, which could end at any time. Everything that currently exists is temporary yet unifies past and future as the central link between both sets of events.

96% of the mass of outer space contains dark matter and dark energy, which interacts with low density of particles such as plasma of hydrogen and helium, electromagnetic fields, neutrinos cosmic dust and rays, amongst others. Outer space is presently the nearest we can approach to a perfect vacuum, with no discernible friction, allowing stars, planets, and other celestial bodies to interact and orbit.

Fifty years ago, the American cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick produced and directed the science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, using cutting edge technology for every single aspect of the film (i.e. use of artificial gravity station, front projection with retroreflective matting, match cut technique, rotating sets, slit-can photography, etc.). For its time, this conceptually complex (both artistically and technically) film, led to a generation of increasingly advanced film technology. Kubrick stated “2001’s true meanings had been visually encoded to bypass the conscious rationalizations of the audience and sink straight into the unconscious.” From the realization of apes of the use of bone as a weapon, through to the birth of the Star Child, Kubrick intended to propose that enlightenment and self-awareness are the only differences that separate humans from other living species on earth.

Combining three cross-cultural elements (i.e. Chac-Mool, 2001; A Space Odyssey and Hawkwind’s album sleeves by Barney Bubbles) related to spacetime we celebrate the enlightenment and self-awareness of mankind. The spaceship is coming. Get on board!

The fine prints

This brew is a triple homage to: “Chac-Mool” a type of Toltec-Maya stone statue found in Mexico; the masterpiece film “2001: A Space Odyssey” [1968] by the American director Stanley Kubrick [1928-1999]; and the graphic design legacy by the English graphic artist Barney Bubbles [1942-1983].

The imagery for the label was conceived through a ritual journey, performed by Jonathan Hultén (our artist), under the smoke produced by burning copal tree resin, ocote pine tree wood and charcoal during a summer afternoon [2012-06-15] at Nackareservatet, on the top of a bed stone from a hill, before burnt remains of a tree surrounded by young pines.

The visual for the label was performed under the influence of the film soundtrack “A Clockwork Orange” [1972] by Walter Carlos featuring classical music performed with analogue synthesizers such as mellotron and moog synthesizer.

The label depicts the interpretation of “Time” separating Past and Future from the poles and unites them at the centre. Past is represented by Chac-Mool and the Toltec Warriors standing on the top of their temple - the surface of the moon. Future is portrayed as the Jupiter's alignment in the background from the film scene of "2001: A Space Odyssey", where the astronaut is just about to enter the stargate, witnessed by the mysterious black monolith suspended in the space in a horizontal position. The past-future vigilant traveller.

The colour scheme and the layout that surround the central motif are derived from the Barney Bubble's cover artwork for the album “In Search of Space” [1971] by Hawkwind. The lights and colourful dots incorporated in the layout are inspired by the control panels of the spaceships from the film "2001: A Space Odyssey".

The logo font is derived from the logo of "2001: A Space Odyssey" film in the opening scene.


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Flavour profile

Imperial Stout with an obsidian black colour, luscious texture and full body like outer space mantle. This brew is flavoured with Mexican hot chocolate, which provides a harmonious combination of dark chocolate and cinnamon flavours with a classic roasted malt character. A ritual journey to explore the universe through your past and future back and forth…

Formula

Malts: Munich Type II, Carabelge, Special Roast, Special W and Chocolate

Bittering hops: Northern Brewer

Aroma hops: Styrian Goldings Celeia

Flavouring ingredients: Cocoa; Cinnamon and Sugar

IBU: 35

Availability

Early December

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