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- Winter Ale
- Octane rating: 5.7% vol.
"As the cold fog embraces the Victorian nights
Visions reveal through candle flare
Phantoms and goblins silently approach
Dear companions of his darkest hours
Shaking the chains of the curse
Clasped cashboxes, ledgers and padlocks
Spectral chimes echo a beautiful Yuletide carol"
The Background Story
"Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on earth in the night season, and melt away in the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world." ― Charles John Huffam Dickens
The Victorian era was the golden age of supernatural forces, ghost stories, and paranormal beliefs as a culmination of the collective disturbance generated by the rapid cultural change in this particular period of mankind. Art and literature were heavily influenced by these beliefs through the interplay of science, romanticism, and mysticism.
Charles John Huffam Dickens, born in Portsmouth, England, became perhaps the greatest novelist of the Victorian era through his unique writing style marked by his abundant linguistic and satire creativity mixed with fantasy and realism, creating many of the world’s best known fictional characters in British literature during the 19th century.
Dickens had a deep interest in the preternatural, becoming one of the early members of The Ghost Club. His famous novella ”A Christmas Carol, ” first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech, is probably his most memorable literary masterpiece, which continues to reside to this day within our shared consciousness, inspiring new adaptations in every artistic genre.
A Christmas Carol tells the story of the elderly miser and greedy Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
This classic novella captured the spirit of the Victorian revival of the Christmas holiday yet contains the horror and Gothic elements of a standard dark narrative. The ghosts take on horrifying appearances to Scrooge who waits in terror for them to appear. The entire story is written in the style of a Gothic ghost coterminous story. The ghosts illuminate the darkness that has lived within and guided Scrooge’s life to the present yet also represent the power of introspection and conscious choice, which he can use to change his life’s course and destiny should he wish.
With our spectral libation ”Dickens’ Blasphemies” we want to celebrate the timeless, supernatural stories by Dickens, produced by his imagination in his most trying hours during the Victorian nights.
The fine prints
This brew serves as a tribute to the masterworks “A Christmas Carol” , “The Chimes” , and “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain” by Charles Dickens [1812-1870], the most popular and prolific writer of the Victoria era. The name of the label is an allegory to the aforementioned achievements conceived and written by Dickens.
A guest inspiring source for the visual concept of this label is the paranormal research work “Notes of an Enquiry into the Phenomena called Spiritual during the years 1870-1873” by Sir William Crookes [1832-1919].
The label illustration was done by our artist Jonathan Hultén using classic pencil drawing to obtain eeriness and ghastly appearance.
The label features Dickens in the shape of Jacob Marley’s ghost character from the novel “A Christmas Carol” surrounded by the Great Chime and its goblins from the novel “The Chimes,” the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come from the novel “A Christmas Carol,” and the ghost from the novel “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain.”The colour scheme is inspired by the Swedish Yuletide (i.e. Julblot).
The label frame and logo font is derived from the original logo of the cover of the novel “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain”.
Cursed winter ale with a reddish copper colour like candle flare in a cold Victorian night. Gentle yet rich in body, accompanied by a complex malty flavour intertwined by French oak barrel tones. An inviting warmer even to the ghastly guests at your winter dinner and darkest hours.
Malts: Pilsner, Munich Light, Caramel 30, Caramel 150, Dark Chocolate and Roasted Barley
Bittering hops: Magnum
Aroma hops: Tettnanger, Spalt Select and Cascade
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Flavouring ingredient: Ellagitan Barrique
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