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Announcing Session #44 — “Frankenstein Beers”

Announcing Session #44 — “Frankenstein Beers”


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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25 Responses to “Announcing Session #44 — “Frankenstein Beers””

  • Next Session Scares Up Frankenstein Beers | Brookston Beer Bulletin September 7th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    [...] 44th Session will be hosted by Ashley Routson a.k.a. The Beer Wench. In honor of Halloween month, she’s chosen “Frankenstein Beers” as her topic, [...]

  • adam September 8th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    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 September 9th, 2010 at 9:00 am

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

  • The Beer Nut October 1st, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Here’s my post:

    Thanks for hosting!

  • B October 1st, 2010 at 5:00 am

  • Tom October 1st, 2010 at 5:14 am

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

  • Derrick October 1st, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for hosting, my post is up:

    and Go Buckeyes!

    Graduate of THE Ohio State University, 1996

  • Appellation Beer: Beer From a Good Home » Blog Archive » The Session #44: Frankenstein and lust October 1st, 2010 at 7:46 am

    [...] Beer Wench has asked us to write about “Frankenstein Beers” for today’s 44th gathering of The Session. I’ll be brief because I must get back to my [...]

  • Sean from Beer Search Party October 1st, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Here is my addition to the Session….

    Thanks for hosting and cheers!

  • Dave October 1st, 2010 at 10:02 am

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

  • Mike Steinberg October 1st, 2010 at 10:37 am

    My first Session topic

  • Wenchie October 1st, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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

  • Seth Mellin October 1st, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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

  • The Beer Babe October 1st, 2010 at 5:55 pm

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


  • Session #44: Frankenstein’s Beers | Brookston Beer Bulletin October 1st, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    [...] scary one, with Halloween at the end of the month. The Session is hosted by Ashley Routson a.k.a. The Beer Wench. She’s chosen “Frankenstein Beers” as her topic, which Ashley likens to [...]

  • J October 1st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Ashley, here’s my Session post:

    Thanks again for hosting,


  • Jon October 1st, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Here’s my post for this month:

    Great topic! Thanks for hosting.

  • Alan October 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for hosting!

  • The Session #44: Frankenstein Beers | Beer 47 October 2nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    [...] chosen for Halloween, October’s topic for The Session is Frankenstein beer. This topic for The Session #44 was chosen and is hosted by Ashley V. Routson (@TheBeerWench) on her blog Drink With the Wench. The [...]

  • David Jensen October 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    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 October 4th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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

  • FlagonofAle October 5th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hey! here’s mine:

  • Frankenstein Beer « She Brews Good Ale October 6th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    [...] beer bloggers writing on a chosen beer-related topic. This month The Beer Wench has chosen “Frankenstein Beers” as the topic du jour.  Links to all of the blog posts can be found in the comments section [...]

  • She Brews Good Ale October 6th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    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!


  • The Session #44 “Undead” t’Smisje Catherine the Great October 8th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    [...] I originally read the call for The Session, I thought I’d write about casked 75 minute IPA from Dogfish Head that I sampled at the NERAX [...]

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