I Miss This Ale

September has arrived. As many food and beverage transform into something related to pumpkin spice, there is one other thing I crave for in the fall. It’s definitely beer. It’s definitely werewolf. It’s the Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale.

In 2013 and 2014, I picked up a few 6-packs and enjoyed a few. I can’t quite recall how it was then, but I definitely drank it down, so it had to have been good. I kept a few unopened bottles for keepsakes.

In 2015 and now in 2016, I cannot find any Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale in the Portland area, including across the river in Vancouver, Washington. It is a little disappointing that it dampens the Halloween spirit for not being available.

Heineken USA produced the werewolf ale seasonally in the early fall from August to October, apparently between 2012 and 2014.

Werewolf Wednesday: WolfCop vs. The Wolfman

I’m having flashbacks of that Spaceballs scene where Dark Helmet is caught playing with his toys again when I shot this scene above.  Yeah, now that I have the WolfCop 7.5-inch action figure and The Wolfman action figure, I went ahead and set up a little scene. Apparently, Wolf Cop isn’t too happy about The Wolfman not being able to drink.

I found The Wolfman action figure at a local comic store a couple of years ago. I received the WolfCop action figure as one of the fundraising perks in a WolfCop fundraising campaign. You can find all the cool stuff from WolfCop’s online store.

Supernatural Registration Authority

The Supernatural Registration Authority (SRA) has been around for four and half years. I had the chance to learn more about the SRA and the background from its creator at HOWL CON last week.

SRA’s creator, Andrew Quinton, hosted a panel at “World Building Code: Creating the Supernatural Registration Authority.” The SRA is a government bureaucracy created in late 2010 that oversees supernatural beings. As stated on the SRA’s website, “the Supernatural Registration Authority is responsible for tracking the birth / creation, movement, employment and death / transubstantiation of the world’s supernatural entities.”

Okay, if you are taking all this seriously, what is the SRA really? Stated on SRA’s website, “the SRA is an exercise in world-building, programming and fun by three people who think monsters are cool.”

It’s a website having some fun with the fictional supernatural.

The SRA certificate you see in the image above was my personal copy I ordered (for a small fee) issued in November 2010. The SRA, as Andrew explained in the panel, no longer mails certificates because of labor and expenses. Registrants can apply and self-print the certificate online at the website, www.supernaturalregistration.org.

If you should pursue a similar project, Andrew has some caveat, especially in projects that requires fulfilling orders. He explained to be prepared should your site becomes popular. Remember the “mail your enemies glitter” online ordering site where it became overwhelmed with too many order that it couldn’t keep up with the demands and cancelled all the orders.

The SRA is a neat concept and I like it. It would not be feasible for me to take on similar side projects with three websites, full-time job, and a community volunteer. I’m maxed out. However, in the free and fully automated approach is something that I could look into as a side project to learn some additional website development, time permitting of course.