Announcing Session #44 — “Frankenstein Beers” 26

The Session is the brain child of beer blogging veterans Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer and Jay Brooks of Brookston Bulletin. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blogger is selected to host The Session. The blogger gets to choose the topic (provided it has not already been covered). The day after The Session is over, the blogger is then “required” (I say this loosely) to post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the archive page.

Yours truly has been assigned the honor of conceptualizing Session #44 — the first Friday in October of 2010.

October is one of my favorite months for several reasons — college football season, fall foliage, apple picking, and … Halloween.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, if not my favorite day of the year. All-Hallows-Eve is the only night of the year when hosting a séance and playing with tarot cards, voodoo dolls and Ouija boards are socially acceptable. It is the only day that people can parade around in costumes, without being carted off to the insane asylum.

For me, Halloween is a magical and mystical day where I can transcend the boundary between reality and fantasy. It is a day where I can be anyone and anything I want.

In honor of Halloween, I have decided to give Session #44 the theme of “Frankenstein Beers.” For those of you not familiar with the story, Frankenstein was actually the name of the scientist, not the monster.

Frankenstein was obsessed with natural philosophy and chemistry. He set on a mission to defy the laws of nature. His scientific creation was unlike anything the world had ever seen before. It was not a man, but a monster, constructed of human parts and various other inanimate objects.

“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.” — Frankenstein.

Many craft brewers are like Frankenstein. They have become mad scientists obsessed with defying the laws of brewing and creating beers that transcend style guidelines. These “Frankenstein Beers” challenge the way people perceive beer. They are freaks of nature — big, bold and intense. The ingredients resemble those of a beer and the brewing process might appear to be normal, but some aspects of the entire experience are experimental, unorthodox and insane.

An altercation with these beers produces confusion in the eye of the taster … is it a beer, or a monster?

“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” -The Monster.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a blog post on “Frankenstein Beers.” There are no rules about how to write about this topic — feel free to highlight a Frankenstien brewer, brewery, beer tasting notes … or just your opinions on the concept.

In order to partake in “The Session”, either link back to this blog post in your article, or post a link to it on my blog. The following Monday, I will collect and present a summary of all the Session #44 blogs! I look forward to reading everyone’s blog!


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26 thoughts on “Announcing Session #44 — “Frankenstein Beers”

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  • adam

    That’s a great theme. my homebrewing club did a Frankenstein beer competition a year ago (most were just two styles mixed together) I can’t remember all the styles represented, but I do remember a few that we made or contemplated making. Imperial Pilsner, cherry dunkle weizen, black hefeweizen and a chipotle dopplebock. remember when a standard IPA and blueberry wheat used to be considered extreme beers?

  • B

    I looked forward to contributing to the session for the first time!

  • The Beer Nut

    Here’s my post:

    Thanks for hosting!

  • B

  • Tom

    Thanks for hosting. Here is our contribution to The Session.

  • Derrick

    Thanks for hosting, my post is up:

    and Go Buckeyes!

    Graduate of THE Ohio State University, 1996

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  • Sean from Beer Search Party

    Here is my addition to the Session….

    Thanks for hosting and cheers!

  • Dave

    Thoughts on the latest collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin, the Teutonic India Pale Lager.

  • Mike Steinberg

    My first Session topic

  • Wenchie

    Derrick … you are my hero. Go bucks! Cheers!

  • Seth Mellin

    My post is up at so happy to partake in my first session.

  • The Beer Babe

    Here’s my post on some “undead” Catherine the Great


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  • J

    Ashley, here’s my Session post:

    Thanks again for hosting,


  • Jon

    Here’s my post for this month:

    Great topic! Thanks for hosting.

  • Alan

    Thanks for hosting!

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  • David Jensen

    Here’s my post on the topic:

    I mostly discuss the idea of Frankenstein beer in general and I present 3 specific examples.

  • Mike Lynch

    Whoops! Guess I posted this in the wrong place! My take on the two aspects of “Frankenstein.”

  • FlagonofAle

    Hey! here’s mine:

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  • She Brews Good Ale

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who’s late! This was actually completely written last week except my fellow home brew partner was out of town, and he had the list of all the ingredients we used. Since it was such a Frankenstein concoction, I wanted to be sure not to miss anything!


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