No Corporate Beer Reviews: Crucifixion – Third Servile War

Beer: Crucifixion – Third Servile War Brewery: Nightmare Brewing Company (Farmingdale, NY) Style: IPA – Imperial/Double 10.6% ABV / N/A IBU The can art—which depicts vultures getting ready to feast on the carrion of crucified gladiators along the Appian Way—is pretty tame by Nightmare Brewing Company‘s standards. For reference, the can for Nightmare’s Gunga Rao…

No Corporate Beer Reviews: Chimay Dorée

Beer: Chimay Dorée Brewery: Bières de Chimay (Belgium) Style: Patersbier 4.8% ABV / N/A IBU As styles go, it doesn’t get any more niche than Patersbier (literally “Father’s Beer”), a lower alcohol beer traditionally made for and by monks to consume while doing the Lord’s work of brewing delicious Trappist ales. Patersbier literally exists so…

Five for Friday: June 5, 2020

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” James Baldwin said those words to begin a talk he gave to a group of teachers in 1963, a very dangerous time indeed. Like all brilliant writers and thinkers, Baldwin had a keen sense of the ironies and contradictions that beat in…

No Corporate Beer Reviews: Barrel-Aged Narwhal

Beer: Barrel-Aged Narwhal Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA) Style: Stout – American Imperial/ Double 11.9% ABV / 50 IBU Along with the Bigfoot barleywine, Narwhal—a rich, roast-y imperial stout with bold Italian espresso notes—is one of Sierra Nevada’s most beloved annual release. Both sport fairly high ABVs and lots of malt, and both are…

No Corporate Beer Reviews: Hilma

Beer: Hilma Brewery: Omnipollo (Stockholm, Sweden) Style: IPA – Imperial/ Double 8% ABV / N/A IBU Omnipollo is known for its wild, expressive can and bottle art – and equally strange concepts. Even by the Swedish nomad brewery’s usual standards, Hilma (named for the Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint) is way out there. It’s…

Track Premiere: Luctum – “Theriomorphic Divinations of Heiress Nocturna”

Featuring members of Ænigmatum, Diabolic Oath, Uada and Shroud of the Heretic, Luctum, formally called Grieve, formed in 2014. For the past six-plus years the members of Luctum have crafted and slowly brought their debut album to screaming life. With the release of the album’s first track, “Neglect,” the world came to know of Luctum.…