Dark Horse Comics and Gigantic Brewing today announced a new collaboration in celebration of Hellboy’s 25th anniversary. The two Portland, OR-based companies will produce a limited edition run of Hellboy-themed beers. Hellboy and supporting characters Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, Johann Kraus, the Blood Queen, and Trevor Bruttenholm will each receive their own variety of beer. The six varieties will be limited to 666 cases each, and feature new label art by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, with colors by Dave Stewart.
Details on the flavors of each variety follow:
- Hellboy – Maple Syrup Pancake Beer (6.66% abv)
- Liz Sherman – Mole Chili Stout (6.66% abv)
- Johann Kraus – Citrus Wit Beer (6.66% abv)
- Abe Sapien – Indigo Blue Fruit Ale (6.66% abv)
- Blood Queen – Cranberry Yuzu Sour (6.66% abv)
- Trevor Bruttenholm – British Barleywine (9.99% abv)
Dark Horse has previously partnered with another brewery, though not to create beer. The publisher announced a partnership with Ninkasi Brewing Company in September of last year to create exclusive comics for the brewery; Legend of Ninkasi: Rise of Craft will be available at Ninkasicon this spring. The Hellboy-themed beer will not be Gigantic’s first comic-themed offering, as the brewer previously produced Too Much Coffee Man beer based on the character created by Shannon Wheeler.
Take a look at Mignola and Stewart’s art for three of the six labels, as well as the full press release from Dark Horse, below. Hellboy beer will first be available to try at Emerald City Comic Con before going on sale through select outlets later in March.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 11, 2019)— To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Oregon’s Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to create 666 cases of Hellboy beer, based on award-winning cartoonist Mike Mignola’s legendary character. All told, Gigantic Brewing will release six different Hellboy beers, with flavors inspired by fan-favorite characters from the Hellboy comic books. Each new beer will be a limited edition run of 666 cases and will be released approximately every seven weeks. The first beer, Hellboy, features a maple syrup and pancake profile. Gigantic Brewing’s first Hellboy beer will be released in March, ahead of Hellboy Day on March 23, 2019, when comic book stores and fans across the country will celebrate twenty-five years of Hellboy comics and graphic novels.
The limited edition beers will be released in the following order and feature different flavor profiles:
● Hellboy – Maple Syrup Pancake Beer (6.66% abv)
● Liz Sherman – Mole Chili Stout (6.66% abv)
● Johann Kraus – Citrus Wit Beer (6.66% abv)
● Abe Sapien – Indigo Blue Fruit Ale (6.66% abv)
● Blood Queen – Cranberry Yuzu Sour (6.66% abv)
● Trevor Bruttenholm – British Barleywine (9.99% abv)
Fans attending Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con will get a chance to be the first to taste Hellboy beer at its official release at an offsite event on March 15th at an as-yet-undisclosed event. Hellboy beer will subsequently be available in select locations across the US. Gigantic Brewing will also be selling prints and t-shirts featuring new Mike Mignola’s illustrations for each of the six Hellboy beers.
Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Neil Marshall’s forthcoming Hellboy film starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich will be released by Lionsgate on April 12, 2019.
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