Lux in Tenebris means “light in darkness” as it is being said that only in darkness you appreciate light. We build upon it so we can say – you can actually appreciate the darkness itself with some light in it. Not too much light, so not to blind ourselves – just enough to see the path, our path. We brew for likeminded people who always on a mission to find new things, obscure knowledge, unobserved and unlit areas that promise new experience. We do not shy from the macabre, it inspires us as it was inspiring for many generations.
This is a new road for us, and if it is taken – so be it, for us it is still an uncharted territory. But we come prepared, with all the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that we need – and if we lack something we will pick it along the way. When we make beer “in style” there are no rules for us, just vague guidelines – yet we aim to deliver what we promise. We struggle vigorously against the mundane approach, we do not put anything into a pigeonhole just to be content with fake knowledge that we did something properly. We are only in rivalry with ourselves.
ENDOR IV – IMPERIAL PASTRY STOUT
ABV – 12,5 %, PLATO – 35, IBU – 30
Sweet Imperial stout, Quadruple Mash with Salted Caramel & Almonds.
This is the fourth time we visit Endor, seems like home now. Alien unfamiliar home with dangers and wonders around every corner yet still welcoming. Every time it is a bit different, never a dull moment.
WANDERLOST – IPA
ABV – 6,6%, PLATO – 15, IBU – 45
Dry-hopped non-hazy IPA with Cashmere & El Dorado.
We long for new stories, new memories, new experiences. Yet we are lost in isolation that current conditions put us. While it lasts all we got to keep sane are our reflections of the past mixed with lust for something new.
BÖDVAR BJARKI – PERRY MEAD
ABV – 6%, PLATO – 13
Bödvar Bjarki was a hero in the Old North, warrior unlike any other. In the heat of battle, he would enter a trance state, turning into a fierce monstrous bear. He would work quite a thirst which could only be quenched by large quantities of mead, sweet from pear juice.
MĀDHU – MEAD
ABV – 6, PLATO – 13
Khuavang is a small demon, roaming in the Indian jungle. They perform magic tricks and wander into human settlements in search of traditional mead drink – mādhu – which they often consume with sweet mango fruits. Drunk khuavang is a funny sight to see, which also could be your last.
IGOPOGO – DIPA
ABV – 8,3%, PLATO – 19
Igopogo is a creature from lake Simcoe, a curiosity for some, a monster for the rest. The serpent with a doglike head on a long neck may be a terrifying lake demon, a guardian of nature's mysteries, ones that should remain that way. At least for now.
ENDOR III – IMPERIAL PASTRY STOUT
ABV – 11.8%, PLATO – 34, IBU — 30
Triple-mash sweet Imperial Stout with maple syrup added.
Third time's the charm. In this case - pure wizardry, spellwork from the mystical land of Endor. Sweet and dark as the sin you would never confess to.
GLAWACKUS – DIPA
ABV – 8.1%, PLATO – 18, IBU — 70
Double IPA with loads of Amarillo on DH
«Northern devil cat» is an elusive one, with glowing sightless eyes. Hunting during moonless nights in pitch black darkness, the fearsome creature relies only on smells and sounds to catch its prey. Some beasts are created to be hunters, not the hunted, so when you hear a terrifying screech you'd better run in the opposite direction, 'cause even survivors are left with their memories wiped.
CREEPETRY – NE IPA
ABV – 6.5%, PLATO – 16, IBU — 45
NE-style IPA w\ Simcoe and Mandarina Bavaria on DH.
Dolls are always a bit creepy, puppets even more so. Over the years a puppet absorbs bits and pieces of human emotions, feelings, desires. The creepiest puppets serve as vessels of the most despicable emanations imbuing them with dark energy. Clever puppeteer use them so they appear living cratures behaving the way people do so spectators would lose themselves in the show. That is when people come under the puppeteer's spell, ready to do his bidding.
MURKY DEPTH – PASTRY WEE HEAVY
ABV – 8.4%, PLATO – 19, IBU – 15
Juicy IPA with Idaho 7 & Mosaic on dryhop
Nobody drowned when a house fell through cracked ice all the way to the bottom of a lake, so the story might have ended there: a tale of human ingenuity vs. Mother Nature. But to this day mysterious tunes come from the deep, as someone is playing the old piano that remained in the submerged house. Go figure.
HANNA CRANNA – NE IPA
ABV – 6.5%, PLATO – 15.5, IBU – 45
Juicy IPA with Enigma & Pekko on dryhop
New England witch stories come from every nook and cranny of this mystical land, this one is about a mean spiteful hag who drove her husband to an early grave, terrorized neighbors and always got what she wanted. Nowadays she'd be called strong independent empowered woman, in days of yore she was considered a witch.
ENDOR II – IMPERIAL PASTRY STOUT
ABV – 11.5%, PLATO – 36, IBU — 30
36 Plato double-mash Imperial Stout with cocoa beans & vanilla extract
We make another pledge to the powers that rule mystical Endor, this time it's a request for entry. It will require a sacrifice, and our offer should be sufficient.
CLEROMANCY: CAST — FRUIT SAISON
ABV – 6.3%, PLATO – 15
Fruited saison ale with pears and gooseberries.
Ancient art of divination is a bridge between superstition and magic/ In the end you get cryptic answers to the questions you didn't ask, small glimpses of what is to come. You cast runes, or bones and it works, as usual, as long as you believe in it.
CLEROMANCY: HEX — FRUIT SAISON
ABV – 5.8%, PLATO – 14
Fruited saison ale with oranges, lemons & bergamot.
Seemingly random numbers add up to a bigger picture, although probably not the one you deserve. This is old science, based on measurements and context, not just flipping coins. That said, Book of changes gives you only general guidance, your fate is in your hands.
JIANGSHI — FRUIT BEER
ABV – 5.1%, PLATO – 15
Citrus fruit beer with grapefruit & pomelo.
Not everyone is fond of one's reflection in a mirror, some are uncomfortable or, like jiangshi, downright terrified of it. In a chance encounter with this hopping undead just keep a mirror in your pocket and you'll be safe. Mirrors are not mere objects, they tend to keep an essence of what glares into it, so it's advisable to dispose of compromised mirror - without breaking it, of course.
VIOLENT INNOCENCE — FRUIT BEER
ABV – 5.2%, PLATO – 15
Straightforward "cherry beer" with a bit of aronia added for tartness.
Escapism may lead to the total denial of reality which in turn results in painful encounters with facts of life however simple they may be. For a soul submerged in a construct of emotions barred from conventional social interaction any conflict is a tragic loss of innocence, sometimes violent in nature.
CHARTER OAK — EAST COAST IPA
ABV – 5.5%, PLATO – 15.5, IBU – 45
New version of our very first NE-style IPA, bigger'n'better with Azacca & Ekuanot.
A symbol of liberty and rebellion against oppression Charter Oak is also a vessel of knowledge hidden in plain sight. There are lots of trees in the wood, but only one Oak. You may or may not find it today, but you will definitely enjoy the quest as you enjoy this modern uptake on IPA style with softer bitterness and rich hops aroma that comes from double dry hopping with Azacca & Ekuanot.
PURE ZEAL – IPA
ABV – 6.5%, PLATO – 16.5, IBU – 63
American-style IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo, Sabro & Citra.
Those that take something too seriously and make it their purpose in life we call zealots. It can be good, sometimes. Can be very bad, oftentimes. But Zeal is always dangerous, especially if it’s Pure, untainted by second-guessing or doubt. This is straightforward, no-nonsense IPA – bitter, fruity and reasonably smooth, so if you begin to drink it – do not hesitate to finish it off promptly.
SKYSEER — LINGONBERRY SOUR ALE
ABV – 6.4%, PLATO – 15
Sour ale with lingonberry and blood orange zest.
Scientist, warrior, alchemist, magician - Jacob Bruce was a man of many talents, some of which still remain a mystery as a man himself. In this day and age when most people are famous for just being famous we are honoring our hero from the days of yore, whose contributions to science and education were pivotal for a new empire. Imagine the Seer sitting on top Sukharev Tower, gazing at the stars and performing arcane rituals in the pursuit of knowledge. Surely it was lonesome at times up there, but for a focused mind it is the best environment.
STORM KELPIE — SOUR BLUEBERRY ALE
ABV – 6.3%, PLATO – 18.5
Dessert sour fruited ale w/blackberries & blueberries.
Crushing cold waves, grey skies and jagged rocks would be enough to turn any voyage into disaster, yet there are more horrors dwelling in the deep. With little enticement but much brute force kelpies will drag down anyone that braved northern seas, survived the storm just to stare into those horrid blue eyes.
YUM KIMIL — SOUR GUAVA ALE
ABV – 6.3%, PLATO – 18.5
Sour-sweet ale with guava & passion fruit.
Yum Kimil is a god that holds dominion over just one of the myriads of hells – Xibalbá. Hard to imagine worshipping this entity in lush tropical forests of Yukatan, where everything around screams life. But any state of things needs balance, so where’s so much life should be that much death as well, joy and fear equally shared and their importance respected. The gods are just there, pulling the strings and taking their due while we enjoy what we can at the same time mustering our strength to accept the inevitable.
SECOND SHARD — DDH IPA
ABV – 7.2%, PLATO – 17.5
Low-IBU India Pale Ale with a bit of haze and loads of Citra hops added during and after fermentation.
More often than not mirrors become shields, barriers against true nature. A mirror absorbs the most strong energy flows, positive and negative alike, safeguarding this reality and most definitely damaging some other one. As any other defenses the mirror can fail at some point and another reality would flow in. That could be tiny bits of distorted consciousness dripping through the cracks, you can may hardly notice it until the mirror is broken and each shard gushes with warped features of your seemingly forsaken self.
OXIDONT – IMPERIAL SOUR ALE
ABV – 6.9%, PLATO – 18.5
Berliner-ish strong sour ale with lime & basil.
Vanity has no limits – pursuit of looks masquerading as health obsession is akin to worshipping some artificial entity, a monster as real as any personal demon. It bestows beauty upon its flock which is desperate for magic potions, remedies, healing rays and admiration from less fortunate. This is not one of those potions, it will not bring you closer to the ideal someone – not you – constructed in your mind. This is a warding potion, it will give you a degree of clarity while keeping the monster at bay.
RED CHOKER — SOUR CHERRY ALE
ABV – 6%, PLATO – 18
Berliner-ish sour ale with lots of whole cherries added on the secondary fermentation. No-regrets-cherry-beer.
Red Choker is a symbol of tragic romance, of passion confined in a cage of guilt and bigotry. Being true to one’s self should not be a secret agenda while keeping appearances and conform to public opinion. Should not, and yet it seldom is otherwise: we feel guilty of our indulgences, passions, opinions, even our bodies. It is a long way to be recognized, to be accepted, and the first step is to confess to yourself and absolve yourself once and for all.
RAW NEKTER — IMPERIAL SOUR ALE
ABV – 6.8%, PLATO – 18.5
Berliner-ish strong sour ale with nectarine.
People say you can’t have too much of a good thing. We beg to differ because over the threshold of too much it becomes never enough and then nothing would satisfy you, even the nectar of the gods. Through sheer willpower you can try to hold back, sometimes divine or not-so-divine intervention is required – in that case keep in mind that even celestial beings are susceptible to unquenchable desires and that makes them no less dangerous than the agents of the dark.
FIRST SHARD – DDH IPA
ABV – 7.1%, PLATO – 17.5
Low-IBU India Pale Ale with a bit of haze and loads of Galaxy hops added during and after fermentation.
Any mirror is a portal, be it just a glimpse of other reality or a way through to the other side. When shattered, every single shard becomes a mirror in its own right. Most would not care to explore broken mirrors, those that do use arcane approach and every time get different results. First shard shows an old vessel with a soul still inside. Make a contact, investigate or throw away - you make your own luck.
MENTAL BUDDY – NEW ENGLAND IPA
ABV – 6.4%, PLATO – 16.5
Low-IBU dry-hopped IPA with Citra & Cashmere, no haze, just hops.
We all have to deal with our own ego every day, we call this "being conflicted". Imagine if it gets real right from your childhood, the entity inside grows with you and encroaches on your mental territory, masquerading as your friend. Once you're fully consumed, there's no turning back.
PRETTY BEAST – NEW ENGLAND DIPA
ABV – 8.4%, PLATO – 19.8
Low-IBU double IPA dry hopped with with Citra & El Dorado, no haze, just hops.
The fight is over, your inner demons took over. The beast within still maintains a lovely facade, flawless and deceptive. The truth is not out there, reality turned on itself and only phantom memory of the mirror sometimes show a semblance of your true self.
ACERBIC WIT – IMPERIAL REDCURRANT GOSE
ABV – 7 %, PLATO – 17
Strong gose-type sour ale with redcurrants, gooseberries, lemongrass and mint.
When you sense of humor becomes toxic not just for people around you poisoned with constant sarcasm and ridicule but for yourself, when acid flows through your veins konow this – it's your personal demons breaking free and joining the ball. Keep those in check or seek help, 'cause being famous for your Acerbic Wit turns everyone against you in the end.
ENDOR – IMPERIAL PASTRY STOUT
ABV – 10 %, PLATO – 28.5
Imperial stout with lactose, vanilla and coffee - as pastry as we allow it to be.
The magical land of Endor is always there, shimmering at the very fringe of your vision. In desperate need of help, when all else fails, one can try to reach Endor and humbly ask for it to send an emissary. No one knows the nature of Endor - is it good, evil or rather something in between, like human nature itself.
WARPING WILLOW – WEIZENBOCK
ABV – 6.8 %, PLATO – 15
Weizenbock hopped with Citra & Simcoe
The flying broom is no mere feat of magic, its creation relies upon a number of conditions: moon phase, time of day, proper incantation et cetera. First of all you need a proper wood, not just any willow would suffice, only the sacred and dangerous ones.
An aspiring witch would hunt down such willow and force it to part with some branches, and the tree is never eager nor generous. Crooked from exhaustion and full of fury it can kill or maim the witch that tries to rob it of its wood. Some say the unlucky witches are so disfigured that it’s impossible for them to live among human so they retire to the deepest of forests and caves. That is how the legends of ugly evil witches are born.
DARK BISHOP – DOUBLE SWEET TONKA STOUT
ABV – 7 %, PLATO – 18.5
Double stout with lactose and Tonka beans.
It turns out you can make a career in dark clergy. At his higher standing the Bishop shepherds sins and vices, celebrates earthly indulgences and carnal pleasures. He never judges – it’s up to you if you want to wallow in self-pity and sorrow. Test your will again and again until you break or submit to your desires and face the consequences – Dark Bishop will be your witness in either case.
HARROWING SCERRY – WHEAT IPA
ABV – 7.4 %, PLATO – 16.5
Wheat IPA DDH with Eldorado.
Greed and malice made a pirate's life, which was short and usually ended in Tyburn. Another staple is hiding one's ill-gotten gains on some forsaken island and murdering all the witnesses.
The only oversight on captain Nix's part was that the island itself was hungry for the treasure that was eventually claimed and shared with the sea. Some say the island avenged the pirate's victims, others argue the skerry was thirsty for blood itself and was punished by the sea. At the end there was only enough land for the gallows, so the hungry rock still got it's bloody due.
DER GRUSEL – RASPBERRY MINT GOSE
ABV – 4.2 %, PLATO – 11.5
Gose-ish sour ale with coriander and sea salt: classic base augmented with lots of fresh raspberries and peppermint.
Contrary to popular belief, a girl named Red Riding Hood did not survive the encounter with the beast, neither did any of the other hapless girls and women that became the victims of the Beast.
When «Werewolf of Bedburg» was caught, accused of being a warlock, a cannibal and a rapist, people did not see the human – they saw a monster, which they tortured on a Catherine wheel, beheaded and finally burned on pyre. Some claim seeing the man turning into a wolf during the ordeal. Some say we will never know the truth. All we know that either way the tale had no happy ending.
WATASHI KIREI? – PEACH SOUR ALE
ABV – 5.2%, PLATO – 13
Berliner-ish sour ale with lots of peach puree and some lactose, soured with yogurt culture.
Peach is a symbol of youth and beauty, which is precisely what attracts Kuchisake-onna. Keep clear from empty streets at night, ‘cause there’s no correct answer for her question “am I pretty?”
PURPLE HURT – FRUIT SOUR ALE
ABV – 5%, PLATO – 13
Berliner-type sour ale with huge amount of blackcurrant and some raspberries.
You cannot be too careful when dealing with vampires. The Consumption spreads in a family if no precaution is taken. Mercy Brown had blood in her heart despite being dead for a long time – so the heart had to be destroyed. When in doubt, kill it with fire – such was the wisdom of yore. It still is, sadly.
ROOM 33 – FRUIT SOUR ALE
ABV – 6%, PLATO – 14.4, IBU – 9
Overfruited sour ale with cherry, raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant.
We all love happy endings, but in real life it seldom goes the way we expect. But for the sake of the story let’s imagine that the girl had escaped from Room 33 and the whole place was burnt down together with the monster in human form, his murderous plan thwarted by a fortunate turn of events. We need happy endings.
MISERY WRITER – NE IPA
ABV – 6%, PLATO – 14.5%, IBU – 42
New England-type hazy IPA double dry hopped with Denali and Simcoe.
We live to tell the story. Either by actually living it, as happy people do, or by reflecting on things not done or gone horribly wrong. Tales of misery are as much integral to life narrative as joyful stories, healthy minds just put everything in order and move on.
A different approach is to be a Misery Writer – a creature so fixated on mistakes, roads not taken and painful memories that its whole life becomes one long story of misery. When this creature sleeps, the monsters it created while lucid become real and may be dangerous to ordinary people. If you don’t have your own monsters – stay away from Misery Writer, otherwise you may become part of his story.
ESTADEA – IMPERIAL STOUT
ABV – 10%, PLATO – 25%, IBU – 45
American Imperial Stout, roasted and hoppy, smoothed by fruity Tahitian vanilla.
Galicia is a land of rich lore, facts and beliefs intertwine here to form a special connection between people and their homeland. If you ever encounter Estadea – the ancient host of tormented souls – running away is not an option – try making a Solomon’s seal or use holy symbols to avoid joining the procession. Better even stay home on cold foggy nights.
There are things that don’t even go bump in the night, horrible things that do not announce themselves.
ASUWANG – SOUR MANGO ALE
ABV – 6.8%, PLATO – 6.8%, IBU – 9
Berliner-type ale soured with yoghurt with copious amount of mango puree.
Asuwang is one of those creatures that hardly falls under “misunderstood” category. It’s a vile predator, persistent hunter that preys on sleeping victims. There are hidden asuwang among Carabao farmers of Guimaras: they work days and hunt nights, seldom discovered and even more seldom eliminated. It takes a lot of skill and experience to spot those who masquerade as humans. More often than not we live next door to monsters and wouldn’t believe neither stories nor clear evidence, until the very bitter end.
OOLANA – BERRY BRUT ALE
ABV – 6.9%, PLATO – 14, IBU –
Superdry sour-ish fruit ale with cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant with a hint of Tahitian vanilla.
It is a story of failed romance – arranged marriage, love at first sight with a different man. They ran away to never return and enjoy each other for the rest of their lives. When they got caught, shamed and separated, Oolana tried to run again, hoping her beloved will find her and they will be together forever. She is still there, a spirit of the waterfall hiding sharp stones underneath. Lives of many young men were claimed by the restless spirit of Oolana who’s still waiting, crying every time another soul’s lost to her desperation.
FOGGY DUE – SESSION IPA
ABV – 4.7%, PLATO – 12, IBU – 35
Single-hop Session Vermont-ish Session IPA, dry hopped twice with Cashmere.
Dealing with crossroads demons’ never easy, especially when you think that you come prepared. The Keeper of the lighthouse had only one condition written in the Contract – to be the Keeper forever. Being a loner that was the most rewarding job – staring at the Devil’s Belt on a foggy night, keeping watch on ships passing by. Forever is a long time and the Keeper had all that figured out. Or so he thought, until the due date. The crossroads demons always collect, so your soul is forfeited as soon as you sign the damned parchment.
Now they say that the Lighthouse is haunted with a presence so intense no Keeper can hold on to his job for long. But even when there’s no one keeping watch the light still guides ships passing through the fog.
DARK PREACHER – SWEET STOUT
ABV – 5%, PLATO – 16, IBU – 25
Sweet stout with cinnamon & tonka beans extract - limited can release!
Everything has its price. If you be willing to pay it, be ready for consequences – and believe you me, they are coming sooner rather than later. The dark ritual initiates a lasting contract between you and certain powerful beings, of which the Dark Preacher is just an agent, a liaison that also takes his agreed-upon fee.
In this particular case the Preacher facilitates a delivery of mouth-watering brew, sweet and spicy as sin. In return you will have to spread the word of the Dark Preacher further and be ready for more wonders.
TRUE PURITAN – AMERICAN PILSNER
ABV – 4.8%, PLATO – 13, IBU – 36
You got to admire people with strong convictions: they don’t cut corners, never stray from their path, going through life having most of the questions already answered. Hard decisions are made with little or none second guessing and even mistakes become justified by intent. We are not there yet, our minds are open for different ideas yet we can respect one’s worldview, to a degree.
Our «True Puritan» American Pilsner is very restrained, some may say conservative beer tiptoeing on the edge of balance between Old World traditions and New World bias: a full-bodied lager with fruity hops aroma. It’s a beer of choice for diehards, but fortunately no ones’s going to be hurt by that choice.
SLIMY SLIM – NE IPA
ABV – 6.7%, PLATO – 16.5, IBU – 45
Long before the legend of the Twilight Dragon of Payette lake became a part of Idaho Territory lore it was a close-kept secret among those who admired and protected strange creatures that otherwise would go extinct. For water serpents it was the worst, as no one would believe them harmless. Luckily such creatures can spend very long time underwater and travel long distances via underground waterways still uncharted by humans.
«Slimy Slim» as she was called much later, came all the way from New England to spend some time at her favorite feeding ground on the way to Pacific Northwest. It was a sight to see when the great serpent showed herself, and you’d better have some delicious treat for her.
BLAECKBEER – FRUIT SOUR ALE
ABV – 4.2%, PLATO – 11.5, IBU –
Blackbeer season started early this year on the old Jacob Grimman farm, so early that the commune split in two factions, depending on whether they believed it was a Divine intervention or Satan’s trickery. Old Grimman and his vrouw kept silent about any details. Their household stood a bit apart from the rest of the farms and people will always gossip to the point there’s no way to separate truth from fantasy.
Finally, to put rumors to rest Grimmans offered everybody their new light spring-fresh fruit ale made with the berries from unusual harvest. People were ill at ease with the bloody red liquid, but it was so fruity and tasty that common concern was about indulging in earthly pleasures rather than about Grimmans’ unholy yield.
PURE ZEAL – IPA
ABV – 6.5%, PLATO – 16.5, IBU – 63
Those that take something too seriously and make it their purpose in life we call zealots. It can be good, sometimes. Can be very bad, oftentimes. But Zeal is always dangerous, especially if it’s Pure, untainted by second-guessing or doubt.
This American-style IPA dry-hopped with Citra & Amarillo is pretty much straightforward, no-nonsense IPA – bitter, fruity and reasonably smooth, so if you begin to drink it – do not hesitate to finish it off promptly.
IMPERFECT SOLUTION – IMPERIAL PORTER
ABV – 10%, PLATO – 27, IBU – 42
In human history there were countless situations in which somebody would stand and claim that he or she has a “perfect solution” for a certain issue. And it never was perfect, and seldom – a solution.
This imperial porter wasn’t made to be perfect or to solve anything except the problem of finding a good strong dark beer and discovering subtle notes of cocoa and pink peppercorns that we put in secondary fermentation. Of course our Witchfinder uses it to make weird concoctions against the unseen forces, but we advise against trying it at home.
CHARTER OAK – EAST COAST IPA
ABV – 5.5%, PLATO – 15.5, IBU – 45
A symbol of liberty and rebellion against oppression Charter Oak is also a vessel of knowledge hidden in plain sight. There are lots of trees in the wood, but only one Oak.
You may or may not find it today, but you will definitely enjoy the quest as you enjoy this modern uptake on IPA style with softer bitterness and rich hops aroma that comes from double dry hopping with Citra, Cascade and Mosaic.