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Arcade Brewery is taking a slightly different approach to comic book storytelling: the six-pack of beer.
Arcade’s 6-Pack Stories series of beer debuts Wednesday with Festus Rotgut: Zombie Cowboy, a black wheat ale that features a story by Thor writer Jason Aaron and The Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore that unfolds across all six bottles. The zombie Western beer is the first volume, which suggests more could be on the way. According to Arcade co-founder Lance Curran, the brewery wanted to tell a story first, then brew a beer to match.
Brooklyn Brewery is once again teaming up with the New York Comic-Con to create a beer for New York Super Week, the week leading up to the convention. And as they have in years past, they’ve recruited a comic artist to redesign the beer’s label and the hero featured on it.
Amy Reeder of Rocket Girl and Madame Xanadu fame said being asked to put her personal stamp on the brew “was such a cool opportunity,” she wrote on her blog. “I went for a homegrown vigilante vibe and I made sure to make her easy to cosplay.”
Like the label, the recipe for the special edition beer changes each year. This year, it’s a red IPA. “We incorporated some German red malts that give the beer the slightest edge of roast and a suggestion of caramel, and the explosive Mosaic hop steps out front with the aromatics,” brewmaster Garrett Oliver told the New York Daily News.
The brewery will host a release party Sept. 10 for the beer, which will then be available in various area bars Oct. 3-12. New York Comic-Con runs Oct. 9-12.
Check out Reeder’s designs and a video featuring Reeder and Oliver below.
Considering we established long ago that Soylent Green is — spoilers! — people, it should come as no real surprise that a new Walking Dead tribute beer contains brains, right? Goat brains, to specific.
All right, maybe it’s a little surprising.
On Sunday, Dock Street Brewing Co. in Philadelphia will debut Dock Street Walker, an American Pale Stout brewed with wheat, oats, flaked barley, organic cranberry and — wait for it, wait for it — smoked goat brains.
“In true walker fashion, don’t be surprised if its head doesn’t hang around forever,” the microbrewery jokes.
“Gourmet mushrooms and potentially hallucinogenic herbs are one thing, but smoked brains … really?” the Dock Street website reads. “Believe it or not, much of the world considers brain to be a true delicacy. Think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but not ridiculous. Many also believe that using every part of the animal not only increases and encourages sustainability, but also honors the animal’s life and death.”
The beer’s unveiling on Sunday coincides with the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading?, where we regularly talk about the comics we’ve been reading lately. Our special guest today is homebrewing enthusiast and first-time publisher Joshua Henaman. He’s the creator of Bigfoot – Sword of the Earthman, a sword, sorcery and Sasquatch epic self-published under the Brewhouse Comics banner with art duties by Andy Taylor. It’s available in select stores and via online ordering at www.bigfootcomic.com.
To see what Joshua and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.
Welcome to this week’s edition of What Are You Reading?, and a big thanks to Chris Mautner for helping out last week.
Our special guest this week is Larry Young, AiT/Planet Lar publisher and one of the editors behind the Kickstart Comics. To see what Larry and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading, make with the click below …
Now this is a trend I can get behind! Alchemic Ale, the makers of Ron Regé Jr.’s pioneering minicomic/beer hybrid Yeast Hoist #15, have returned to the underground-comics well, this time with a bottle full of Mat Brinkman. The Fort Thunder alumnus and Regé’s fellow Highwater Books veteran has graced a 750mL bottle of Bokrijks Belgian Ale from Belgium’s Brouwerij Sterkens with a drawing entitled “Monsters,” from his current gallery show at NYC’s The Hole.
Here’s a guide to where the beer can be bought. Chug-a-lug, artcomix fans!
(via Ron Regé Jr.)
Now this is the sort of format innovation I can get behind: Yeast Hoist #15, the latest in cartoonist/musician Ron Regé Jr.‘s long-running (mostly) self-published alternative-comics series, is part comic, part limited-edition bottle of beer.
The aptly named Yeast Hoist #15 includes a 16.9-ounce bottle of St. Sebastiaan Golden Ale from Belgium’s Brouwerij Sterkens. A screenprinted Regé illustration graces the bottle, which comes complete with a minicomic featuring Regé’s usual “inspired by mysticism and alchemy” cosmic comics shenanigans. I’ll drink to that!
Tipplers and/or comics connoisseurs may order the issue/bottle from Bierkraft — provided you’re 21 years old and can sign for the delivery, that is. If you don’t drink, don’t worry: Regé’s entire Yeast Hoist series is slated for publication on Jordan Crane’s webcomics portal What Things Do. Here are issues #1 and #2.