Urban Chestnut Releases Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale with Nosferatu Screening


The label for Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale, featuring Max Schrek as Nosferatu. | Urban Chestnut
  • The label for Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale, featuring Max Schrek as Nosferatu. | Urban Chestnut

It's that time of year: pumpkin beer is rolling out. While we weren't ready for this a few weeks ago, we suppose that, despite the heat, it is fall. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143) is celebrating the release of its pumpkin brew with a screening of its namesake, the 1922 German horror film Nosferatu, with a live accompaniment.

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Now before you roll your eyes and say that Nosferatu came out in 1922 and a silent movie can't possibly be scary, we must ask you to reconsider. Max Schreck's vampire costume is truly the stuff of nightmares. Urban Chestnut knows what we mean -- that's why it named its black pumpkin ale in his honor. Nosferatu, aka Count Orlok, is basically Dracula, but Bram Stoker's widow wasn't so happy and tried to have all copies of the film destroyed. Luckily for us, one survived and we can still watch this masterpiece of horror.

Urban Chestnut will have Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale on tap and Nosferatu will screen in its outdoor biergarten with live orchestral accompaniment by The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra. The original score was mostly lost, so The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra premiered a new, perfectly synchronized score at Vanderbilt University on Halloween in 2009. The movie starts at 7 p.m., so grab a pumpkin beer and prepare to be scared.

Here are some highlights from the film if you're still not convinced. Lesson: don't cut your finger in front of a super creepy seven-foot-tall vampire.

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