Thirsty Thursdays: Draconic Transylvanian Pale Ale by Microbrasserie Kruhnen
By Daniel Bordage
Beer: Kruhnen Draconic Transylvanian Pale Ale by Microbrasserie Kruhnen
Style: Imperial IPA
Pairing: A local soundtrack of what it would feel like to be attacked by Vlad the Impaler.
About the Beer: My first 5 out of 5 in a long time. I had it while camping and at 9%, it made my afternoon a bit wobbly around a campfire. It’s incredible! Doesn’t really feel like an IPA. It gets bad marks for style but for taste, you will not be disappointed! It has a score of 94 overall on Ratebeer.
Vlad the Impaler was the inspiration behind the beer. My playlist is Impaler-inspired as well.
Commercial Description: We had to translate the description as the Kruhnen only operate in French. So here it goes. This hoppy American style beer will do well widen the eyes. It is brewed with Transylvania’s secret spice that perfectly complements the flavors of citrus and the trio of American hops. This robust IPA will delight fans of raw hopping. They will discover a product that brings something never seen before in on the IPA market.
Fuck The Facts “Solitude”
Fuck the Facts are amazing… but here are true facts about Vlad… He was posthumously named the Impaler. He practiced impaling his enemies that he encountered in the forest. He was known as the Impaler Lord (Kazıklı Bey) by the Ottoman Empire.
Iron Golem “Liturgy of Death”
“Crucified and flayed alive,” bellows Iron Golem. Vlad was reported to roast children and feed them to their mothers.
He constantly organized small attacks and ambushes on the Turks. On one night called the Night Attack, He bludgeoned and killed over 23,000 Ottomans.
Leviathan is described in the bible as a large sea monster. Vlad was a forest monster. He made forests of impaled victims.
Accursed Spawn “Burned into Sterility“
Accursed Spawn just impaled me with their new video. Luke’s growl would most likely freak the hell out of Vlad. Imagine Vlad walking in on a show of Accursed Spawn. Psychological warfare at its best!
Loviatar “Apostate (Hymn of the Heretic)”
After Vlad’s father was killed, Vlad and his brother renounced their old religion and swore to protect and uphold the Christian faith.
Sleep is for the Dead “An End In Himself”
Vlad’s defeat started when the cost of war was too much to pay his mercenaries that he relied heavily upon.
World War 4 “Daemone”
Bram Stoker’s 1897’s novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad’s name (Vlad Drăculea) and historical reputation of cruelty.
Flying Fortress “Caskets”
A great way to finish the soundtrack… in 1914, two years after Bram Stoker’s death, a short story called Dracula’s Guest was published. The story ends in an old graveyard where there is a marble tomb with a large stake impaled in it. An Englishman came across a sleeping female vampire. She rises from the marble bier (Bier is a stand on which a casket is placed to be carried to the grave… and Bier is Beer… Yeah I know, mind blown), and summons a snowstorm and is struck by lightning to then return to her eternal prison.
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Kvelertak, Loviatar, Dead Air Republic and Four-Stroke @ Mavericks
Six-piece Norwegian punk-metal band Kvelertak absolutely blew me away Sunday night in Ottawa.
Combine the power and raw energy of punk and hardcore with the depth of metal (helps having three guitarists) and have it led by a shirtless Norwegian bear of a man as a singer, and you have Kvelertak (pronounced something like Kuh-vell-er-tack – meaning stranglehold).
I am embarrassed to admit I had never heard of this Scandinavian powerhouse until my friend Matt Claude told me we had to go to their show at Mavericks. The band has been around for seven year, has over 110,000 fans on Facebook, are currently touring North-America opening for Mastodon, and more importantly – they kick ass.
The Owl helmet live in Portland! Photo by Alyssa Herrman (http://fotophortress.com/)
Lead singer, Erlend Hjelvik, came onto the stage with his trademark owl helmet with glowing eyes as the band started to play. He only wears the helmet for the first song, but the images stays with you for the entire set. All their lyrics are in Norwegian, and even though I generally cherish lyrics over all other elements of music, they had me hooked from the very first song. With the amount of energy and excitement songs like “Blodtørst,” “Mjød,” and their anthem “Kvelertak” can evoke without me understanding a single word, it just goes to show how captivating they really are. They also made one of the coolest and most fun music videos I have seen in a long time, check out “Bruane Brenn.”
What also impressed me was that they spent their off day from touring with Mastodon in some pretty big venues to come make a stop in Ottawa at Mavericks (maybe 300 capacity?). It paid off, as they brought in a huge crowd on a Sunday and had a great group of fans singing and thrashing around. I don’t know if I will ever get a chance to see them again, but I am certainly glad I did. KVELERTAK, KVELERTAK, KVELETAK.
Dead Air Republic rocking out at Mavericks in Ottawa.
Three Ottawa band were tasked with opening the night, Loviatar, Dead Air Republic, and Four-Stroke. First up was Four-Stroke – a punk rock band, who I unfortunately missed due to Mother’s Day supper. Sorry guys, mom wins this round but I am sure I will catch you again soon. Next up was Dead Air Republic. The band might have been misbilled, but they did not seem to care, as they looked to be having a good time and giving it their all. Fronted by lead singer Marc Bourgon, also of Iconoclast, the band played a set full of guitar solos and rock ‘n’ roll. Heavier sounding and a little more raw than Iconoclast, the song that stood out for me was Example One. It was the heaviest song of their set with some cool melodies.
Loviatar leading Ottawa on a dark and gloomy tale at Mavericks.
Lastly before Kvelertak took the stage, Ottawa doom-metal quartet Loviatar rocked us. They reminded me of early ISIS, a band I truly love, with their gloomy spacey sounds and vocal clashing with really heavy riffs. Check out their new EP Druid’s Curse to see what I mean. Another cool thing about them was that their guitarist and lead vocalist JD is a long time sound man around town. I have seen him doing sound for what seems like easily over a decade, so it was really neat to see him on the other side of things.