Beer  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Beer  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Brewtality: the best gaming beers to chug this weekend Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:30:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

We've previously looked at some pretty amazing gaming themed drinks to help you get your buzz on, but we really didn't focus specifically on beers before.

There's a million and one cocktails based around everything from Super Mario Kart to L.A. Noire, but you typically have to look a little harder for a beer to match your video game mania.

Every now and again some forward-thinking company realizes that gamers chug more than just Mountain Dew and give us something interesting, as recently happened with Sound Brewery and Mortal Kombat.

Get Over Here (And Bring The Bottle Opener)!

A new triple threat of brews inspired by Mortal Kombat X has arrived in a collaboration between Warner Bros., Sound Brewery and Global Beverage Traders. They are all 8% or above to boot, which is exactly where I like my beer.

That level of ABV is high enough you can get nice and toasty after just three or four standard cans, but you aren't going to get absolutely wasted if you put it on hold and resist the urge to finish off the entire pack.

These new Mortal Kombat brews come in an IPA, a saison, and a stout based around classic characters Sub-Zero, Raiden, and Scorpion, respectively.

Personally I'm interested in the Sub-Zero IPA, and hope it makes you really work for the buzz. I dig an IPA that hurts you and really makes you crawl your way through the journey to intoxication, and at 8.5%, its a good bet this one is hopped to the max.

 New Mortal Kombat Triple Threat Of Brewtality! 

You can actually order these online for $7.47 (plus shipping) for a 22 oz. bottle. Obviously its more expensive than a six pack of anything else with the same alcohol content, but that's what you get with branded products.

Gaming Themed Brews, Past And Present

Surprisingly, there are more game-centric brews than you might imagine, and the new Mortal Kombat X beers are just the tip of the foamy iceberg.

Sadly, finding them is a bit of an issue, as most breweries either aren't equipped to or aren't allowed to ship their product in the mail due to various state laws.

You either have to hope your local beer and wine shop stocks them or actually be near the brewery in question to get it on tap. Should you be lucky enough to fit that description, there's some tasty gaming ale with your name on it.

8-Bit Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Pop that top and press start if you love retro gaming! Released in larger 16 oz. four packs, this brew is consistently highly rated across the web and is frequently praised for being excellent beer, rather than OK beer that just happens to have a Pacman on the label.

Although I'm not a huge fan of anything under 6%, I'd be more than willing to make an exception here, especially on a hot summer day while grilling in the back yard before some serious gaming goes down.

If you are on the east or west coast (or live in parts of the midwest) you are pretty well out of luck, but anybody in the center of the country can actually find this at various retailers.

 8-Bit Pale Ale

Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale

ABV: 7.5%

Blizzard decided to celebrate World Of Warcraft's 10th anniversary in true dwarven style with the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale from Bottle Logic Brewing back in 2014.

Sadly it didn't catch on and hasn't been made available widespread. Maybe we can cross our fingers it will come back if the Warcraft movie does well?

 Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale

Dogslicer Ale

ABV: 5.6%

Capitalizing on the adorable (and frequently homicidal) rhymes of the Pathfinder goblins, Paizo teamed up with Scotty's Brewhouse to make a limited edition brew for GenCon 2013.

While the beer isn't available anymore, the wicked awesome t-shirt still is. Come on Paizo – tabletop gamers down beer at a rate that significantly rivals that of football fans, so help us out and bring it back!

 Dogslicer Ale

Innsmouth Olde Ale

ABV: 7%

Sadly there hasn't been a legitimate full Lovecraft mythos game in some time to actually play while enjoying something with that Innsmouth flavor (although plenty of titles do work in little nuggets of cosmic horror here and there).

We are getting a new Call Of Cthulhu next year though (maybe – this exact game was actually already nixed and passed off to another developer once in the past).

Personally, I'm way more stoked for the upcoming Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones, which goes massively old school and looks like a sanity-blasting combination of Baldur's Gate, Wasteland, Sanitarium, and early Heroes Of Might And Magic.

When the ichthian horrors of those two games finally arrive, I'm very much hoping to have a bottle of Innsmouth Olde Ale in hand to celebrate. I am a bit worried about growing webbing between my feet though...

 Innsmouth Old Ale

Good Pairings Without The Game Labels

Of course, beers don't have to actual have a game character on the label to enhance a session of your weekend playing either.

I mean, what could be more perfect for long Fallout sessions than a pack of Bombshell Blonde or a nice cold Brooklyn Black Ops when running through Treyarch's Call Of Duty titles?

Interestingly, both Fallout 4 and Black Ops III actually did get limited edition beers of their own, though you'd be exceedingly hard pressed to find any now, and they were only released in Australia and the U.K.

 Brooklyn Black Ops / Bombshell Blonde

What's the best game-themed brew you've come across that we should try out, and have you managed to down any of these beers we listed yet?

Celebrate the Apocalypse with Fallout Beer Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:38:35 -0400 mrivera269

Are you a fan of Fallout? Do you like spending your days in a post-apocalyptic wasteland a little wasted? Then, boy, do I have a treat for you! Carlsberg and Bethesda have teamed up to bring forth the solution to your thirst, say hello to Fallout Beer.

Unfortunately, the beer is only available in the UK, for now. But fear not, you can import the beer in via Amazon UK for £29.99, which translate to $45.93. That is a hefty price for a 12-pack, but well worth the nerd-boner. The delivery is expected to arrive around November 5th, which is close to the release of Fallout 4. Bethesda is describing the taste of the beer as pilsner lager with a zesty hop taste. 

Now that the logistics are out of the way, let’s talk about fun things to do while drinking Fallout Beer:

  • Sitting back and watching Megaton explode.
  • Go hand-to-hand fisty cuffs with a Death claw.
  • Piss on a soldier from the Brother Hood of Steel. (Be prepared for the consequences)
  • Go bankrupt at Mr. House’s casinos.

Those are just a few activities to partake in while indulging in a nice cold bottle of Fallout Beer. And, remember guys: Drink Responsibly.

Greg Zeschuk and The Beer Diaries: From BioWare to Beer, and Beyond Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:51:52 -0500 Mark Taylor

Last night, I "virtually" sat down and had a great interview and beer tasting with one of the most influential gaming personalities in the industry - Dr. Greg Zeschuk.  Yes, I am "fan-boying" it up here because it is not every day you chat with one of the guys responsible for games such as:

  1. Baldur's Gate
  2. Neverwinter Nights
  3. Knights of the Old Republic
  4. Dragon Age
  5. Mass Effect
  6. SWTOR

This list goes on, but you get the point.  I learned things about Greg that were both interesting and motivating; specifically, the reinforcement that anything worth doing is worth doing right, with diligent effort and passion.  Now, learning about great beer, providing clear education and listings of beer, and meeting the crafters of it is one of the new ventures that Greg has undertaken through the Beer Diaries.

Clearly, there are many irons in the fire for Greg. He detailed his activities with the Beer Diaries, the show's distribution, and his love of helping his friends still in the gaming community.  I hope you check the Beer Diaries website, the shows, as well as enjoy the interview as much as I did.

[21+] Get Fragged: Pairing Telltale Game's The Walking Dead with Left Hand Brewing's Wake Up Dead Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:33:25 -0500 Eli "The Mad Man" Shayotovich

Welcome back to another episode of Get Fragged: A Game & Booze Pairing Guide!

We are knee-deep in dead leaves, which is the telltale sign that it's fall... the time of year when AMC resumes their smash hit, The Walking Dead. Zombies have a death grip on pop culture, and while there are way too many video games about the undead, there's at least one that you should actually play. And no, I'm not talking about the hot mess that was TWD: Survival Instinct either. 

Telltale Game's The Walking Dead series isn't so much a game as an interactive animated comic book experience. This emotionally charged adventure game has earned universal praisedespite not containing a ton of traditional gaming action. Its greatness comes from the dramatic story it tells, which changes based on the choices it forces you to make along the way.

But don't holster your twitchy trigger finger completely. When the action does show up it'll often catch you off guard because: 1) you won't be expecting it, and 2) you'll be so gripped by the events unfolding on the screen that you're reaction time will be stunted. The later has happened to me more than a few times. 

State of the Stout

The colder nights that come with the change in season means it's time to put away the light, hoppy, thirst quenching beers we've been guzzling throughout the summer and crack open darker, maltier, heartier brews that will keep us warm by a roaring fire.

(... In fact, lemme open one of those right now.)

The perfect stout for this game hails from the "Napa Valley of Beer" -- aka my home state of Colorado. But first... a little history lesson on this particular style of beer.

You heard the word "stout" and probably thought of Guinness, right? Dark and bitter, with that cool cascading head. While Guinness is the template for Irish/Dry Stouts, a ton of variations exist... including Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, and Sweet or Milk Stout. 

Stout [noun \staut\] is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. The roasting of the ingredients gives it a dark color and a roasty flavor.

Let's bust one myth right now: a beer’s color has nothing to do with its alcohol content. Back in the day, the word “stout” was slang for a strong beer, not a dark one. 

(... Oh darn, look at that. Gotta open up another beer.)

Turning to the Dark Side

So how did the stout earn its infamy as a dark beer?

During the 18th century the porter style of beer (also dark) became the first industrially produced beer in England. It was mighty popular in America too. When George Washington and Thomas Jefferson weren't busy starting a new nation, they were in their barns brewing porters with the rest of the Founding Fathers. 

Stouts are basically just revved up versions of porters. The two styles are sometimes hard to tell apart because they often use the same recipe... the only difference being the amount of water used.

So, what beer should every good survivor of the zombie apocalypse have in their fridge?

"Good morning. You've woken up dead. You're in ruins."

That's the tagline for Wake Up Dead, a Russian Imperial Stout (a style created to win over the Russian Czars of the 1800's) from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado.

It pours black as night and boasts high alcohol by volume (10.2% ABV to be exact). Along with plenty of roasted malty goodness you'll taste raisins, coffee and dark chocolate.

After a few sips a warmth starts crawling around your belly as the boozy brew makes its presence known... and that's when you to dive into The Walking Dead.  

(... Another one down the hatch!)

How Wake Up Dead enriches The Walking Dead

The bleakness of the world combined with the character's desperate plight calls for something that'll multi-task. It has to mesh with the dark ambiance of the game, act as a stout companion as you trudge through a world populated by the walking dead, while keeping you on your toes for those moments when you have to act fast.

The low carbonation level of this beer won't exactly light up your taste buds, but that's OK. This is a winter warmer best consumed slowly, perfect for the plodding pace of The Walking Dead. Slow... thoughtful... BAM!

Out of nowhere you're crapping your pants trying to hit the "Q" key without spilling your beer... or dying!

This Russian Imperial Stout unfolds the same way. It's subtle at first... downright sneaky. Right up until that 10.2% ABV rattles your brain and wakes you (and the dead) up!

The beer's aroma is a mix of burnt chocolate, malt, and coffee. Since I've never sniffed rotting flesh before, I'm guessing the nose on this beer will be much better than the stank millions of dead bodies will bring to the world.

(... Well, whatya know.)

Wake Up Dead "lurks" in Left Hand's cellar for over 4 months before it's released. Zombies lurk in dark places too... aging just like the beer; waiting for some dumb ass to walk in (without a flash light) like every character from every horror movie ever made.

Oh, and here's an added benefit! If you were actually stuck in a zombie apocalypse, once you've emptied the bottles of its liquidy goodness (like I've just done) you could use them as a water collection system... or a port-a-pot. Now that's utilizing all of your meager, end-of-the-world possessions to their fullest! 

Seems I've come upon a very important decision in the game. I have to decide whether Clementine... I mean another character - lives or dies. Hopefully all the beers I've had so far don't make me do something... oops.

Until next time... keep the kegerator fully pressurized and your Nvidia drivers up to date!


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