Newcastle Branches Out with Werewolf Ale

The brewers of Newcastle Brown Ale have collaborated with Caledonian Brewery, one of Scotland's most famous and traditional breweries, to brew a new, limited-edition ale for the fall season.

Newcastle Werewolf, due on shelves and in bars in September, is a red ale brewed with rye malt inside the Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh. Known for creating malty brews, Caledonian Brewery was built in 1869 and is one of the last breweries to still use traditional direct-fired coppers to boil its wort.

Newcastle Breweries and Caledonian have a history of working together. In 2009, Caledonian brewed Newcastle Summer Ale for the English brewery, which was well-received.

Aside from Werewolf and the Summer Ale, the two mainstay breweries plan to release two other ales as part of a seasonal, limited-edition ales series. Winter IPA will debut this winter, and in the spring, Founder's Ale will hit the market.

As of now, Newcastle plans to release its limited-edition ales in the following municipalities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento.

Named for the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the English countryside, Werewolf offers hopheads a beer that shares some characteristics of Newcastle Brown, but remains distinctive enough to stand up on its own.

Newcastle Werewolf Ale ($8.99 for a 6-pack, $16.99 for a 12-pack)

APPEARANCE: The highly carbonated liquid pours a bright sanguine color with a stark white head that retains its form through the life of the beer. Nice lacing as well.

AROMA: Strong malt and rye bread fragrance with a hint of berries and slight metal.

PALATE: Sweet malt flavor hits the front of the tongue with subtle berry, grass and wine notes joining in at the midpalate. The liquid momentarily clings to the insides of the mouth before surrendering to a crisp, pleasantly bitter finish.

Newcastle Werewolf? Where wolf?
There wolf.
There castle.
Andrew Nagy August 8, 2011 1:00pm ET
Haha... good stuff.
Ross Raphael August 10, 2011 10:25am ET
The Werewolf is available in the DC area, our admins picked it up for last weeks office happy hour nad it was pretty good. I'll be buying it myself, the next time I see it.

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