Wiper and True recently unveiled the unique brew at the Arrogant Sour Festival in Reggio Emilia, Italy – the birthplace of famed giallo directors such as Mario Bava and Dario Argento and a country rich with brewing history. Cinema and beer loving Italians revelled in the twisted inspiration from which the beer was born, yet Italian beer lovers also had a hand in sculpting the black soul of the brew.
Having settled on an India Pale Ale, the creative process was augmented when our Head Brewer Will went to Italy. In conversation with the guys who import our beer there about the possibility of being at the Arrogant Sour Festival, he mentioned that we were brewing a black India Pale Ale inspired by “All the Colours of the Dark” – they were amazed as “All the colors…” or “Tutti I Colori Del Buio” has a real cult status there. Their excitement sparked the final stage of the beer’s development – to sour it – which seemed the perfect twist to match the film.
…and what should beer lovers expect from the beer when they venture into the darkness clutching a bottle?
Aside from a blend of interesting flavours, the main thing that is noticeable is that unlike most sour beers where the sourness hits you first and then fades, “All the Colours” starts gently and builds.
As with all Wiper and True beers, every drop is precious, yet the perils of the horror genre and its inevitable jump scares didn’t deter the brewery from pairing their creation with such a startling movie.
We carried out a risk assessment and felt that this was better than a comedy where people might spray the beer out when they laugh or a rom-com where nausea is a real issue.
When Wiper and True do finally emerge out of the darkness with their thirst for deviancy sated, their next collaboration is less concerned with laying waste to helpless victims and more interested in crafting great beer from food waste.
Our next collaboration couldn’t be further away stylistically from “All the Colours..”. We have joined up with the guys who created TOAST – a beer made from surplus fresh bread. We are going to be making a brew inspired by bread and butter pudding to be launched during Bristol Beer Week, which, along with being a great beer, we hope will help engage more brewers and home brewers with the idea of how brewing with surplus fresh bread can help alleviate food waste. Profits from Toast Ale are donated to Feedback who campaign against food waste from farm to fork.
Pick up a bottle of Tutti i Colore del Buio in our Bottle Shop and embrace the darkness.