Skagit Brew Corner: Werewolf Blood Red Ale
The haunting season is upon us and now there’s a brew to liven up the spooky aspects of this time of year. Try a bottle of Werewolf Blood Red Ale from Caledonian Brewing Company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, named for the mythical wolf-like creature rumored to inhabit the foggy moors of the areas around Newcastle, England.
Similar to the fabled werewolf who begins the evening calmly and eventually escalates into a blood-thirsty and ravenous beast, Werewolf Blood Red Ale starts off smooth and mellow and then takes on qualities of earthy, spicy bitterness. Its low bitterness and alcohol content make it an ideal sipping (or even slurping) ale for crispy fall evenings, when the glow of yellow eyes may be following you from the fog. This naturally copper red colored ale is brewed with rye malt and has flavors of sweet berry fruit and roasted caramel malts.
Pair Werewolf Blood Red Ale with hearty autumn dishes, such as stews, roasted meats and sharp cheddar cheese. Since this ale has a somewhat of a split personality, fans of cool, crisp lagers may find themselves persuaded to go darker with Werewolf, and hop-heads might want to give it a try as well.
What I Drank: Werewolf Blood Red Ale, 24 IBU / 4.5 % Alcohol by Volume