Mercy Brown [Imperial Ale] Has Risen.
To celebrate both the release of Mercy Brown Imperial Ale in cans and Halloween, we thought it only fitting to show two of the best vampire movies ever made.
For those of you that may not have known, we named our Imperial Brown Ale after Rhode Island’s most famous vampire legend. Back in 1892, tuberculosis was sweeping through New England and hit the Brown family in Exeter, RI. Many members of the family passed due to this horrific disease including the young daughter, Mercy. Several local town’s folk believed that Mercy was a vampire and caused her brother Edwin’s disease. So the father, George, was persuaded to exhume the bodies. While the deceased mother and sister exhibited the expected level of decomposition, Mercy looked as though she had almost never decomposed and still had blood in her heart. This further provoked their fears and Mercy’s heart and liver were burned. The ashes were mixed with water to create a tonic in hopes of curing young Edwin. However, he died two months later. You can still visit Mercy’s remains at Baptist Church in Exeter. It was also said that Bram Stoker’s character, Lucy Westenra, in his famous Dracula novel was based on Mercy Brown.
So we’re showing two films that actually make it look fun to be a vampire. What We Do In The Shadows is a mockumentary about a group of vampires living in Wellington, NZ and written, directed by, and starring Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. With the deadpan/interview style familiar in Flight of the Conchords, which both Clement and Waititi were a part of, you’ll see how this unlikely group of misfits struggles with every night life of being a vampire. Like finding victims for food and doing the dishes. Complete with their arch nemesis werewolves and several references to other popular vampire films, this was an unexpected hit that’s also soon to be a TV show. Plus there’s a sweet pan flute rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s El Condor Pasa.
Then we’ll watch the cult classic, The Lost Boys, where we The Coreys team up to battle the vampire coven that’s taken over their town of Santa Carla SoCal and Haim’s brother. If ever there was an icon that helped spawn the vampire subculture of today, then this is it. The Lost Boys was one of the first times we saw young vamps do everything teens do when they’re young, party. In fact, the soundtrack is still being covered by bands today including that one from the naked sax man.
6:30p – What We Do In The Shadows
8p – Intermission
8:15p – The Lost Boys
We’ll also have some specialty Halloween themed brews on tap and give out some candy to snack on.
Sleep all day, party all night. It’s fun to be a vampire.