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Nightbreed

  • Vienna Lager
  • Octane rating: 5.5% vol.
Nightbreed

"Between the obscure and the illumination
A paradise lies beneath the mausoleums
Where the horror and the fantastique dwell together
Everything is true under Baphomet's omnipresence
Tonight you become a race of another kind
In the name of Lord of the tribes of the moon
What’s below remains below. That’s the law."

Nightbreed

The Background Story

Clive Barker is, among many other talents, primarily an author, film director, and visual artist, born in Liverpool, England in 1952. He has become one of the most profound authors in 20th century horror fiction and fantastique (dark fantasy). His most notable work, “Hellbound Heart”, was adapted into one of the most acclaimed cult films within horror film history, “Hellraiser” (1987).

In 1990 Clive barker wrote and filmed his most ambitious theatrical project called “Nightbreed”, based on his 1988 novella “Cabal”. It is the first dark fantasy epic horror movie filmed starring the Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, creator of the body horror genre, and the English actor Doug Bradley, best known for his role as the lead Cenobite ”Pinhead” in the Hellraiser film series. The American composer Danny Elfman wrote the score for the film.

The film presents a mostly inverted version of the classic monster movies within which the monsters are villains and the humans merely innocent victims. Here the tables are turned and the film’s monsters, The Nightbreed, are the innocents, and the humans the antagonists. The Nightbreed live in an underground sacred city beneath a cemetery called Midian, where they take refuge from the humans who seek to destroy them. The film’s two main adversaries, Dr. Decker, played by David Cronenberg, a sociopathic doctor and serial killer, and Police Captain Eigerman, played by Charles Haid, a violent macho police chief, are figures of authority and public trust. Both, however, abuse their power without consequences. In contrast, the Nightbreed, ruled by their god Baphomet, dogmatically follow a pacifistic philosophy towards the world above. The hero of the story is Boone, a resurrected dead man rejected by both the humans and the monsters, who refuses to be a follower of both worlds’ codes of law - a genuine rebel against the system but the saviour of the Nightbreed from mankind.

With ”Nightbreed”, Clive Barker wanted to highlight the part of us that envies the powers of the creatures from our darkest fantasies, such as immortality, changing shape at will, or flying. Barker commented that his intention for the film was to create a horror mythological film like no other, flipping all the, conventions of horror, where dead men can be heroes and monsters beautiful, where the only place of refuge is the most forbidden place on earth, Midian, the home of the Nightbreed.

We celebrate Clive Barker’s unique artistic work with our Vienna lager delicacy inspired by that intriguing world of horror and the fantastique that he beautifully portrayed in ”Nightbreed”.

”Leave the natural world behind. The life you lived will be a dream. The tribes of the moon embrace you!” – Lylesburg, ”Nightbreed”

The fine prints

This is our second and final tribute to the masterwork of the English horror fiction author and creator, Clive Barker.

The name of the label is after the film “Nightbreed” [1990] by Clive Barker, based on his novella “Cabal” [1988].

The visual concept is inspired by Clive Barker’s extraordinary and one-of-a-kind imagery – the fusion of horror fiction and the fantastique.

The aesthetics are inspired by the illustration style of the conceptual artwork for the film “Nightbreed” by the American artist Ralph McQuarrie [1929-2012].

The label features three characters from the film: Baphomet as the main character and Peloquin and Dr. Decker as secondary characters in the fictional city, Midian. The latter two stand for the worlds of the protagonist and antagonist, respectively. The depiction of Baphomet is in line with Jonathan Hultén’s (our artist) conception of this character based on the novella “Cabal”, describing the image as difficult to comprehend, unearthly, and dreamlike in mood and appearance, together expressing the unfathomable nature of Baphomet’s divinity.

The logo font is derived from logo of the film “Nightbreed”.

Flavour profile

An intriguing dark copper colour Vienna lager with a soft and elegant toasty malt character balanced by firm hop bitterness and dry, crisp finish. Like a dark fantasy beyond the beautiful or the monstrous or their sum. The tribes of the moon embrace you!

Formula

Malts: Vienna, Munich Light, Carapils, Caramunich Type II, Carafa Special Type I and Wheat malt

Bittering hops: Magnum

Aroma hops: Styrian Goldings Celeia and Saaz

Dry-hopping: Styrian Goldings Celeia and Saaz

IBU: 25

Yeast: Lager Yeast

Availability

September

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