With St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and the first day of spring occurring this week, there’s plenty of reasons to celebrate and crack open a bottle of your favorite geeky beer. To get you in the festive mood, here are five geeky beers we found that are certainly a cause for celebration.
- The Right Hand of Doom – Rogue Ales
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics and Rogue Ales have recently teamed up to create The Right Hand of Doom, a limited edition red ale being sold online at www.rouge.com.
Promised by Rogue Ales President Brett Joyce to be “…brewed with all the same passion and intensity that Mike Mignola and Dark Horse have brought to Hellboy for the past 21 years,” the beer was released on Feb. 28 with shipping limited to Oregon, Washington, and California.
Like Dark Horse, Rogue Ales is an independent, Portland-based company. One of America’s first microbreweries, Rogue Ales is an agri-fermenter that grows its own hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapenos and pumpkins.
- Three-Eyed Raven – Ommegang Brewery
Ommegang Brewery released its first Game of Thrones beer in the spring of 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. Three-Eyed Raven, the brewery’s fifth beer in the series, will be released this spring just before the premier of the show’s fifth season.
According to Ommegang’s website, Three-Eyed Raven is a dark saison, “…that both deceives and thrills the senses.” Saisons are typically brewed in the winter, making Three-Eyed Raven the perfect companion as winter finally comes to Westeros.
Built in 1997, Ommegang Brewery is the first farmstead brewery built in the US in over a century. Their Belgian beers continue a long tradition of brewing and hop production in Cooperstown, NY.
- Sindicate Lager, The Orion Seductress – The Federation of Beer
We previously covered The Federation of Beer’s last Star Trek themed concoction, and it seems that they’ve been busy since. The Federation has recently released Sindicate Lager, The Orion Seductress, a wink to the green Orion women Captain Kirk was so infamously enamored with.
Produced in Zatec, Czech Republic, the lager is brewed, “using traditional Czech technology that produces a lager golden in color with full flavor.” The beer made a limited, one-time release at Destination Star Trek 3, a Star Trek convention, in London last October.
Founded at a Star Trek convention in Vulcan, Alta., Canada in 2012, The Federation’s Prime Directive is, “to produce high quality Craft Beer, to honour Gene Roddenberry’s legacy, and to unite both Star Trek and Craft Beer fans.”
- Bone Dusters Paleo Brew – Lost Rhino Brewing Company
For all you science geeks, Lost Rhino Brewing Company has teamed up with the nonprofit Paleo Quest to create Bone Dusters Paleo Brew, a sweet amber ale that’s a genuine blast from the past.
A collaboration between beer and science, Bone Dusters is produced with a wild yeast found on protocetid whale fossils found in Virginia near the Dismal Swamp; the yeast is described as, “…having fruity and very unique characteristics.”
Lost Rhino Brewing Company brings the spirit of West Coast brewing to the Mid-Atlantic. Dedicated to, “…bring beer drinkers something interesting, revered traditions, and great local beers.” Lost Rhino supports local Virginia farmers and cultivates its yeast in-house
- Imperial Stout Trooper – New England Brewing Company
A not so long time ago, in a brewery not that far away, a beer was crafted worthy of being called a dark side stout. New England Brewing Company produces Imperial Stout Trooper, a beer even Darth Vader would raise a glass to.
A beverage truly worthy of a Sith Lord, the Imperial Stout Trooper is a, “…full bodied stout with a majestic blend of seven different malts and Northern Brewer hops.” Due to an alleged dispute with Skywalker Ranch, however, the beer has recently been forced to alter its label.
Located in Woodbridge, CT, New England Brewing Company brings a, “…passion for flavor and quality into the brewery in order to produce craft beers that they hope will be among the first choice of craft beer enthusiasts and new comers (sic) alike.”
Have you tried any of these delicious brews? Let us know what you think in the comments!