What is that eerie howling echoing over the misty moors? Likely the limited-edition Werewolf Irish red ale from the suds-meisters at the Caledonian Brewing Company in Edinburgh, Scotland, makers of Newcastle. They've been knee-deep in hops and malts for 80 years, crafting variations of their famous brown ale.
Each year, Heineken International distributes several special-edition, seasonal Newcastle beers for limited times. Rotating through the calendar year are Summer Ale, Werewolf and, in December-January, Winter India Pale Ale.
The company has just released its first round of Werewolf, which "pours naturally blood red, starting smooth and ending with a bite." Lycanthropic references aside, the 4.5 percent-alcohol ale will be on store shelves from now through October, $9 for a six-pack.