With this year being the 21st anniversary of ‘Hellboy‘ it seems the perfect time to announce a beer named after this hero who can now legally drink! When Mike Mignola originally put pen to paper, this was probably the last thing he would expect his iconic character to be involved in. That being said it seems the perfect way to celebrate the character’s 21st birthday!
Rogue Ales, based out of Oregon, has created this limited-edition red ale called ‘The Right Hand of Doom’. It debuted on February 20th at Things From Another World in Portland and will be available online through Rogue directly.
According to Mignola:
“When Dark Horse Comics published the first Hellboy story 21 years ago, I never imagine there’d be a Hellboy beer. But I really can’t imagine a better time for Rogue to introduce the Right Hand of Doom beer. If Hellboy was real I guess he’d finally be able to buy me a beer.”
Mike Richardson, President of Dark Horse chimes in that:
“Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Rogue Ales approached us with the idea of creating a heavy-handed, supernatural red ale and we loved the idea of two independent, Portland based companies coming together to create something new that would be both fun for fans and worthy of the Mike Mignola’s creative legacy.”
Finally in closing Brett Joyce, President of Rogue Ales says:
“This beer is dedicated to the B.P.R.D, RIGHT HAND OF DOOM is brewed with all the same passion and intensity that Mike Mignola and Dark Horse have brought to Hellboy for the past 21 years.”
The art on the label is by Mignola himself and looks fantastic. A perfect depiction of the character though I’d almost be expecting him to have a drink in his free hand to be fitting for the content. Honestly this could be the perfect product tie-in for an issue of B.P.R.D. where people are saying its bad taste to be using Hellboy’s image while he is dead! I doubt that it will happen but it would be perfect if it did.
What are your thoughts on Hellboy getting his own ale? Do you think a red ale is fitting or would you have gone with something else for Hellboy? Which of Mignola’s other creations do you think should get their own limited edition brew? Share your thoughts below!