Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 10.10.19: Flight of Celebrities

Ron Swarner

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Arnold Palmer has a drink named after him, so why not Dracula? Samuel L. Jackson? Chewbacca? Peaks and Pints presents a flight of craft beer named after celebrities, most of whom had absolutely nothing to do with brewing the beer, one that’s really not a celebrity. This is pure hops homage at play. And it’s good fun. Swing by Peaks and Pints today for Craft Beer Crosscut 10.10.19: Flight of Celebrities.

Craft Beer Crosscut 10.10.19: Flight of Celebrities

Cascade-Vlad-The-Impaler-Aler-TacomaCascade Vlad The Impaler Aler

10.3% ABV

Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. The legendary vampire, created by author Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name, has inspired countless horror movies, television shows and other bloodcurdling tales of vampires. Though Dracula is a purely fictional creation, Stoker named his infamous character after a real person who happened to have a taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is better known — Vlad the Impaler. The morbid nickname is a testament to the Wallachian prince’s favorite way of dispensing with his enemies. Cascade Brewing’s Vlad The Impaler is an imperial Northwest sour blend of strong blonde quads and tripels aged in oak and bourbon barrels, then further blended with spiced blondes and left to condition for an additional five months for sweet caramel malt with woody notes, light acidity, light cherry, and alcohol warmth.

Odd-Otter-Samuel-Helles-Jackson-TacomaOdd Otter Samuel Helles Jackson

5.1% ABV, 18 IBU

Samuel L. Jackson is ranked as the all-time highest-grossing box office star with a total of his movies grossing $5.1 billion. His most commercially successful movies include the Avengers franchise, the 1996 crime drama A Time To Kill, the original Incredibles movie from 2004, and the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django UnchainedOdd Otter Brewing’s Samuel Helles Jackson helles lager is smooth as the man himself, only German malt and hops hit the kettles at the Tacoma brewery, producing just enough hop presence to balance the flavor and aroma of traditional German malts.

North-Coast-Brother-Thelonious-TacomaNorth Coast Brother Thelonious

9.4% ABV, 32 IBU

Craft beer enthusiasts and jazz aficionados rejoiced when North Coast Brewing recently reintroduced its Belgian style abbey ale, Brother Thelonious, with a fresh new look and the same great flavor. Named after legendary jazz icon Thelonious Monk, this Belgian strong dark ale leads off with sweet and luscious flavors of candied nuts with some frutti-tutti and a lingering toasty grain flavor in the finish. Brother Thelonious’ refreshed label is a striking depiction of the inspiration behind this beer. The artwork presents a nod to the Belgian monks that popularized this style of ale alongside America’s own “monk.” Artist, Eric Grbich, painted the artwork to beautifully capture every element in the vision for this label.

Gigantic-Sodbusted-VII-The-Simcoe-Awakens-TacomaGigantic Sodbusted VII: The Simcoe Awakens

5.5% ABV, 42 IBU

Ah, Chewbacca. That legendary Wookiee warrior that has been loyally at Han Solo’s side since the original trilogy has captured the hearts, minds, and imaginations of so many Star Wars fans over the years. Chewbacca doesn’t play a gigantic role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he is a steady presence throughout. A nod to the Star Wars franchise, Gigantic Brewing‘s “Sodbusted” series returns with Sodbusted VII: The Simcoe Awakens and awesome Chewbacca label artwork from Rob Reger that was inspired by the film. Using fresh Simcoe hops from Sodbusted Farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this pale ale awakens with sweetness followed by all the bitter, a unique citrus taste, which morphs into a dank finish. The Force is strong with this one.

GoodLife-G-Loves-Special-Sauce-TacomaGoodLife G. Love’s Special Sauce

7% ABV, 70 IBU

In 1994, Philadelphia-based blues/hip-hop artist G. Love scored his biggest mainstream hit with “Cold Beverage.” His band, G. Love & Special Sauce has been touring pretty much nonstop ever since. In June 2018, that included a set on the lawn at the Bend brewery. That, in turn, led to GoodLife‘s latest collaboration between the brewery and G. Love himself, to make what the brewery calls “the dankest of the dankest IPAs known to mankind.” G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA combines six different types of hops — Mosaic, Idaho 7, Mandarina Bavaria, Centennial, Columbus and El Dorado — for a danky dankster of a beer.