Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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Nightmare Brewing Crucifixion DIPA...$4.99 / pint can
Crucifixion - Third Servile War
10% DIPA with Sacramental Bread in the Mash, Calypso, Vic Secret & Simcoe. Spruce tips and bright citrus are blanketed by pungent dank hop fragrance. Flavors of crisp wheat, soft dried apple, punchy tropical fruit, green tea and clean earthy bitterness balanced by a spicy citrus edge and drying alcohol finish.

*** Recommended to pour into a glass leaving the last dregs in the can
Getting it’s name from the term excruciating, literally "out of crucifying". this atrocious torture method predates Jesus of Nazareth by over 6 centuries. Possibly having Assyrian or Babylonian ties, the earliest accounts date it to the Persian empire in the 6th Century B.C., eventually being brought to the Mediterranean by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C.. It is believed that this quickly became embraced by the Romans with fervor as it resembled their primitive custom of "arbori suspendere" - hanging on an "arbor infelix" (unfortunate tree) dedicated to the gods of the nether world.

Third Servile War, 73-71 B.C.E. Spartacus led a slave revolt against the Roman republic. After lasting 3 years the rebellion was finally crushed at the hands of Marcus Licinius Crassus. The Roman general and politician established himself as one to be feared among his troops more than defeat at the hands of the enemy. He did this by having his legions draw lots, having every tenth man put to death.

Fearing further defeat, the Roman army succeeded and killed 30,000 of the uprising along with Spartacus in the final battle. Over 6,000 of his followers were captured and crucified at the hands of Crassus (5,000 were crucified by Pompey). The survivors bodies hung on crosses every 100 feet along the 120-mile long Appian Way between Capua and Rome, as a warning to any others who would attempt to rebel. This mass crucifixion is the largest mass torture/execution in history with over 11,000 victims.

The condemned either had his upper arms tied to a 100lb crossbeam, with nails driven through the hands -or- nails were driven directly through the forearms, to affix them to the beam whilst still being able to support the victims weight. Over 500 years, the Romans "perfected" this where they would miss vital vital blood vessels and hit the median nerve. A notch set in the center allowed the crossbeam to be hoisted on top of the vertical pole. Once the crossbeam was set in place the feet were placed on either side of the upright and nails were driven through the feet/ankles. Depending on the region and the crimes committed, the method of torture varied slightly to ensure a quick death or to accommodate a lengthy suffering. Cause of death ranged wildly and could be from exhaustion, asphyxiation, pulmonary embolism, hypovolemic shock, sepsis, dehydration or animal predation. The suffering could range from hours to days. The dead body was left up for vultures and other birds to consume. The torture extended beyond death as mutilating and dishonoring the body was a direct contradiction of ancient tradition. Leaving the corpse on display for scavengers to devour and prevent its burial was a grave dishonor.

"A method of extreme punishment
It was cruel and inhumane
It was intended to produce horror and revulsion
It would be a vicious" —Corinthians 1:23

Pairs well with:
Angelmaker -

Nightmare Brewing Ling Chi...$4.99 / pint can

Asiatic sour ale with apricot, peach, rice sugar and candied ginger

Lingchi translated variously as the slow process, the lingering death, or slow slicing, and also known as death by a thousand cuts, was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly 900 CE until it was banned in 1905. It was also used in Vietnam. In this form of execution, a knife was used to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time, eventually resulting in death.  Lingchi was reserved for crimes viewed as especially severe, such as treason. Some Westerners were executed in this manner. Even after the practice was outlawed, the concept itself has still appeared across many types of media.  - Wikipedia

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