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An empty can of Aspen Beer.

Aspen Beer was a brand of beer manufactured by Weyland-Yutani in the 22nd century and brewed in Aspen, Colorado, United States. The beer came in a 6"-tall 440 ml press button can with the Aspen Beer logo on it.

Aspen Beer was consumed by some members of the crew of the USCSS Nostromo in 2122; both when the crew first ate in the mess hall after awakening from hypersleep and as they were eating right before Gilbert Kane's Chestburster emerged in the same location, Arthur Dallas drank Aspen Beer while another can was on the mess hall's table. Multiple cans were also in an area of the ship where Dennis Parker and Samuel Brett worked.

Behind the scenesEdit

While a real world brewery does exist in Aspen, Colorado, called Aspen Brewery Company, it was launched in March 2008 and apparently bears no relation to the Aspen Beer in Alien.[1]

The beer cans are notably one of the few times "The Company"'s name — "Weylan Yutani" (later changed to Weyland-Yutani in Aliens) — is revealed in Alien, being written above the Aspen Beer logo. Phil Rae at one time had an Aspen Beer can as part of his collection.[2] Some production-used Aspen Beer cans have been sold following the film's release — one was acquired by the owner of the website Aliens Archive at the Phillips 1996 "Toys And Dolls" auction,[3] the Prop Store sold one in July 2004 for $749.00 and another was listed on their site in 2009.[4] The most recent one to sell was sold by The Prop Gallery in 2014 as part of their "Alien Week".[5]

Additionally, Propsummit.com (a forum dedicated mainly to props in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner) user "SKIN JOB 66" acquired an unused can label from "one of the guys who worked on the movie" in 2008 and made a limited amount of replica cans, although the cans themselves erroneously used pull tabs.[6]

Charles de Lauzirika and Ridley Scott on Prometheus

Charles de Lauzirika, wearing an Aspen Beer shirt, and Ridley Scott on the set of Prometheus.[7]

While Charles de Lauzirika, the director of the making-of documentaries The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien', Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens', Wreckage and Rage: The Making of 'Alien 3', One Step Beyond: The Making of 'Alien Resurrection' and The Furious Gods: The Making of 'Prometheus', was on the set of Prometheus, he wore an Aspen Beer shirt.[7]

While Aspen was not featured in the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation (instead replaced with different brands), a sketch of the character Axel done in-universe by Mike Tanaka (whose corpse appears as a sort of Easter egg in the game) released on the latter's in-universe Twitter account depicts Axel drinking Aspen Beer, with the caption "TOO MUCH ASPEN!" in the top right corner.[8]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. http://aspenbrewingcompany.com/brewery/
  2. http://propsummit.com/viewtopic.php?t=1642&highlight=stephen+shirt+alien
  3. "Aliens Archive | Alien | Aspen Beer Can". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
  4. "Propsummit.com a Blade Runner Prop Community Forum BladeRunnerProps.comView topic - NOSTROMO BEER (sold out)". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
  5. "The Prop Gallery | Weyland Yutani beer can". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Propsummit.com a Blade Runner Prop Community Forum BladeRunnerProps.comView topic - NOSTROMO BEER (sold out)". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Charles De Lauzirika Interview (Alien Anthology, Prometheus) - AvPGalaxy". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
  8. https://twitter.com/MikeTanaka2095/status/501360277343195137

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