The dark side of My Bloody Valentine (released in time for February 14th each year), Evil Dead Red is a staunchly arterial beer. Loads of caramel malts and throwback Pacific Northwest hops make for a pinesap and candied-grapefruit tone, inducing nostalgia in those who remember the IPA world prior to a decade ago. With an ABV winkingly calculated out to the hundredths place, this beer is the ideal pre-show drink before catching Evil Dead: The Musical down at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center this weekend. Who’s laughing now?!
A three-way collab with Heater Allen and Modern Times, Terrifica pays homage to the Italian horror filmography of the 1970s and 80s, especially the works of Dario Argento. Considered among the foremost filmmakers in the subgenre known as giallo, Argento and his peers arguably helped shape an entire generation of “slasher” films, with John Carpenter specifically citing him as an influence on Halloween. This self-described “Horror Pils” leans heavily on Noble hops, with Spalt Select and Tettnanger on the hot side. A further charge of Tettnanger is joined by the high alpha-acid Polaris for a terrifyingly aromatic clean lager.
Beachwood Blendery manages the impressive balancing act of maintaining fidelity to the Belgian lambic tradition while simultaneously adding novel SoCal-specific ingredients to their creations. Día de los Mangos combines mango, tamarind and chili to a funky, oak-fermented ale. Early iterations were very fiery, but after some adjustments the Blendery has turned the dial down on the capsaicin. With the sugar-skull motif of Día de los Muertos on the label, this is a beer for the first of November if ever there was one!