Roger Krzeminski, one of the lucky few selected to explore the real-life Camp Crystal Lake, decided to make the most of the exciting opportunity.
For fans of the 1980 slasher flick Friday the 13th, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Hardwick, New Jersey, is pretty much a holy ground. It became the iconic Camp Crystal Lake in the original cult classic film and is an active Boy Scouts camp to this day. Although horror fanatics aren't typically given access to the campgrounds, they do get the opportunity to explore the hockey-mask wearing teen killer's hunting ground on select special occasions.
Lucky fans win the chance to creep around Camp Crystal Lake on the days the premises are opened up for Friday the 13th tours and one hardcore fan decided to make good use of this golden opportunity.
Roger Krzeminski was one of the lucky few who were selected by lottery to spend a day in the real-life horror ground this past September. Wanting to make the most of this incredible opportunity, he asked the camp authorities if he could have some water. Well, a few gallons of water from the Crystal Lake, to be exact.
Speaking to Bloody Disgusting, Krzeminski said, "I asked at camp if I could take a few gallons of Crystal Lake water to make beer since I’m an avid homebrewer. I figured how cool would it be to make beer... from actual Crystal Lake water!?"
And that's exactly what he did. Krzeminski brought back 7 gallons of water from the iconic lake, which he then filtered and sanitized to make the one-of-a-kind Camp Crystal Lake American Red Ale.
"A standard batch of beer is 5 gallons which gives you 54 beers. I use 7 gallons because there is a considerable amount of evaporation when you boil the wort (beer juice if you will) for 1 hour. I came out with 52 bottles as I did lose a little additional volume in the filter/sanitize process," he revealed.
Unfortunately, Krzeminski's Camp Crystal Lake American Red Ale is not for sale. "These are purely for personal consumption and gifts for friends/family. I’m not selling these or anything of that sort. If I am fortunate enough to be invited back to camp by the generous folks at Crystal Lake Tours (CLT), I would be thrilled to get the opportunity to make more. At the end of the day, this project of mine would have never left the ground if it weren’t for the generosity and goodwill of the people at CLT," said Krzeminski.
He urged fans to "buy souvenirs, tour tickets or merchandise" from the Crystal Lake Tours website in order to keep the camp thriving "so future fans and scouts can still see this place and enjoy the experiences as much as I really have."