By Brian Gray
As many horror fans know, craft beer and horror go hand-in-bloody-hand. Frequent readers of Horror News Network may remember our article “Blood, Guts, and Beer: What to drink with…The Evil Dead.”
In honor of the new “Ash vs. Evil Dead” STARZ series, we (me and my severed right hand) have prepared a follow up so that you can keep drinking if you are enjoying a marathon of all things Evil Dead. Warning: enjoy these drinks with lots of other horror fiends or you won’t be functional by the time you get to the new series.
First, a quick recap of what to start with in your marathon:
• Evil Dead – Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
• Evil Dead 2 – Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
• Army of Darkness – Necromangocon from B. Nektar Meadery
And now, on to the new. The masters of macabre 3 Floyds (www.3Floyds.com) do many kick-ass horror inspired beers. A good candidate is Backmasking a smooth oatmeal stout suitable for some good “pillow talk”.
In honor of Surly’s (www.surlybrewing.com) annual Evil-Fest Darkness Day, Darkness Imperial stout is the perfect accompaniment to a night of Ash and friends binge watching. So get yer’self a bottle and “swallow this”!
While the most sinister choice may be Stone Brewing’s (www.stonebrewing.com) Klaatu Barada Nikto, unless you can go back in time to HopCon 3.0 you ain’t gonna find it my little Deadites. So to keep with the Stone Brewing vibe let’s go with Arrogant Bastard Ale. An Arrogant Bastard for our favorite arrogant bastard, Ash Williams. The description from Stone is “This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.” A sentiment we may hear from Ash himself if the words weren’t so, y’know, big. Groovy baby!
Cheers and Screams!
Synopsis: “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the long-awaited STARZ original series and follow-up to the classic horror movie franchise The Evil Dead, premieres on Halloween, Saturday, October 31 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.