Elysian's 12 Beers of the Apocalypse: The Final Four

According to the Mayan calendar, the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. Based on this possibility, the brewers at Seattle-based Elysian Brewing posed an interesting question. What twelve beers would you brew (and drink) if you knew they would be your last? The answer to this question is being revealed as part of Elysian's year-long 12 Beers of the Apocalypse Series which launched in January.

I recently attended the 34th Annual National Homebrewers Conference in Seattle. During the event, I went to the "Weird Ingredients are Everywhere" seminar led by Dick Cantwell, Elysian's President and Head Brewer. Dick told us stories about all the strange ingredients he's brewed with at Elysian. It was my favorite seminar of the entire conference. Anyway, he also gave us a sneak preview of the upcoming releases in the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse Series.  Without further adieu, here they are.

  • BLIGHT Pumpkin Ale, September 21
  • MORTIS Sour Persimmon Ale, October 21
  • OMEN Belgian Stout, November 21
  • DOOM Plum Raisin Pale, December 21

The release dates shown above have NOT been confirmed by Elysian. The low quality picture below is a shot of the labels as they were projected on the screen.

As this series proves, Dick and his crew at Elysian are the masters of brewing with weird ingredients. Cheers to Elysian for bringing us an exciting year of beers! I can't wait to get my hands on MORTIS Sour Persimmon Ale! Might I humbly request that Elysian release DOOM on December 20?  After all, if the Mayans are right, at least we'd have an extra day to sample the final installment...

10/25 update:  The final label for DOOM was recently released. It will be a Golden Treacle Pale and not a Plum Raisin Pale as I initially mentioned above.

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