Evil Urges beer can with illustration of a wide-eyed cat with a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other

Evil Urges

Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale brewed with Amber Candi Sugar

(Whispers) Hello, friend. Welcome. You look thirsty. Like really really thirsty. Like you haven’t had a drink in days. Mayhaps this Belgian Dark Strong Ale sweetened up with Amber Candi Sugar will scratch your itch? Thick like molasses and simultaneously sweet and bitter, Evil Urges manifests your deepest desires. Go ahead and give in, resistance is futile.

  • ABV: 9.6%
  • IBU: 45
  • ABW: 7.5%
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Origin Story

Evil Urges was the fifth, and final, beer of a developmental Belgian beer series we created throughout 2011. Bellaire Head Brewer, Ryan Hale, had a strong influence on ensuring their creation, thanks to his love of Belgian beers and persistence to get Tony to fit them into the brew schedule that year. Unlike the other beers in that series, which were collaborative efforts of both Tony and Ryan, the idea and recipe for Evil Urges was entirely his own concept. Taking a page from Belgium's rich brewing history, and their ability to create beers of substantial flavor and body (most of which were brewed to help satisfy Trappist monks during long periods of fasting), Ryan decided to replicate a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Ryan designed a behemoth of a beer, using 1,000lbs of grain, amber candy sugar, and a sizable amount of chocolate malt to give his version of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale a very personalized and unique twist.



Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 295
  • Carbs: 27

Name Origin

As for the name, most Short's employees probably know by now that music plays a huge role in our company. Always wanting to create a positive work environment, the music played at both facilities, hopefully, reflects the personal preferences of the employees who work there, while also creating a more upbeat atmosphere to work in. It's always been this way at Short's. It would have been a rare occasion if you ever walked into the brewery when Joe Short was making a beer and found no music accompanying his creative efforts. Over the years, many bands have become prioritized as personal favorites for many of us who worked together in those early days. One in particular is an American rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, called My Morning Jacket (MMJ). MMJ has been around since 1998, cranking out some incredible rock albums since their inception. In 2008, MMJ released an album titled Evil Urges, which also included an opening track with the same name. Needless to say, this album was highly regarded by many of us, and received a ton of play time in the brewery for a few years after it came out. When we originally brewed the beer, Evil Urges, it happened to be close to Halloween. Wanting to come up with a name that summarized the tasting experience, time of year, and also sounded cool, the brewers were able to pay homage to one of ourfavorite bands by using this album/song title as an appropriate fit.

Available In

  • 12oz Can
  • 6 Pack Cans
  • 1/2 Keg
  • 1/4 Keg
  • 1/6 Keg
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