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Skorzeny

  • Doppelbock
  • Octane rating: 7.4%vol.
Skorzeny

"A midnight stroll by the grim shipyard
Dark view coated by the grainy smoke
A mysterious sea captain at the door of the sinister ship
The eye patch, the mad laugh, his lycanthropic form
The killer wolf hunts the unsuspecting fools tonight
Sometimes you have to let the moment go
Do you dream of wolves?"

Skorzeny

The Background Story

A werewolf (old English: werwulf, "man-wolf") or lycanthrope (Greek: λυκάνθρωπος, "wolf-person") is a human with the ability to shape-shift into a wolf, either by conscious choice or by curse.

For centuries, werewolves have been an intriguing and daunting source of fear and mystery in Western folklore. Birthed in the medieval period, that fascination has far from waxed or waned through time. They represent the primal and unrestrained animalistic side of human nature, including but not limited to sexual arousal and intercourse, the dichotomy of our personalities, and a link between man and wolf, we as creatures alienated from both.

The werewolf transformation stands for the paradox of our never-ending battle to control our inner urges and the loss of our self-control and liberation of our true nature. The release of our beast within!

Early sources of lycanthropy can be traced back to ancient Greek mythology, such as in the story of the Arcadian king, Lycaon, who tested Zeus by serving him a dish made out of his slaughtered son to find out if Zeus truly was all-knowing. As punishment for the test, Zeus transformed Lycaon into a wolf.

The belief in werewolves was widespread based on legends influenced by pre-14th century medieval theology, in which the werewolf was a satanic beast with a craving for human flesh. Lycanthropy was the most common accusation after witchery in the European witch-hunts and trials, most notably in the Valais witch trials in the 15th century. A number of treatises were even written on werewolves in France during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. In the Alpine countries the belief in werewolves strongly remained until the 18th century.

In the early 20th century the werewolf took center stage in numerous short stories and novels published in both the United Kingdom and United States. The English writer Algernon Blackwood wrote a number of werewolf short stories, as well as some American pulp magazine stories published by Weird Tales, with contributing authors such as Robert E. Howard, H. Warner Munn, and Seabury Quinn.

In the cinema art of the silent era, werewolves were portrayed in canine form, in films like The Werewolf (1913) and Wolf Blood (1925). The first feature film to portray an anthropomorphic werewolf was Werewolf of London (1935).

It was not until the 80’s, however, that the splendor of werewolves in popular culture gained a strong foothold. In 1981, two breakthrough werewolf films, The Howling, directed by Joe Dante, based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brander, and An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis, were screened. Just two years later Stephen King's horror fiction novel, Cycle of the Werewolf, was published. And from 1987-1988, the TV series, Werewolf, directed by Frank Luppo, was aired on Fox network. These American cinematic and fiction literature masterpieces have distributed lycanthropy to the world arena, generating a permanent and deep attraction to this belief by the collective imagery.

Inspired by this captivating, supernatural subject since our childhood, we pay homage with our Doppelbock “Skorzeny” to the aforementioned 80’s werewolf cinematic and literature chef d'oeuvre. Stay on the road and keep clear of the moors. Beware the moon!

The fine prints

This brew is a tribute to the American TV series “Werewolf” [1987] by Frank Luppo, the cult film “The Howling” [1981] by Joe Dante based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner [1977], An American Werewolf in London [1981] by John Landis and “The Cycle of the Werewolf” [1983] by Stephen King. In short, a tribute to the memory of our Brewmaster’s and his big brother’s fascination with werewolves during their childhood.

The name of the label is after Janos Skorzeny - the bad werewolf of the American 80’s horror fiction TV series “Werewolf”.

As part of the preparation of the artwork, Jonathan Hultén (our artist) sketched some captive wolves at Skansen zoo to reproduce the appropriate physical features of this beautiful animals and overall to capture the appropriate feeling for the visual of this label.

The label features a photorealistic illustration of Janos Skorzeny and the shadow of the scene of Eddie Quist – the bad werewolf of the film “The Howling” in shape of werewolf. It also depicts the claw mark of the book cover of “The Cycle of the Werewolf” in the background behind the logo.

The shape of the photorealistic illustration constitutes the shape of the label and its composition.

The overall feeling of the label intends to be as if were an old poster of a spin-off movie with Skorzeny as a main character in line with the visual concept of the TV series ”Werewolf” with the incorporation of smoke, dark lighting and a semi-grainy filming technique that added a Gothic and elegant coating feel, but with a clear sense of horror.

The logo font is derived from the logo of the Werewolf TV series.


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Flavour profile

Grim Doppelbock with dark reddish copper hues & an ivory foam head like sharp wolf fangs. Its flavour undergoes a lycanthropic transformation of rich malt character into a fruity and caramel tones rounded by noble hop bitterness. Beware the moon!

Formula

Malts: Munich, Melanoidin, Caramunich Type II, Special W, Carafa Type I and Wheat malt

Bittering hops: Magnum

Aroma hops: Styrian Goldings Celeia

Dry-hopping: Styrian Goldings Celeia

IBU: 38

Availability

Late September

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