The 12 Coolest Pop Culture Beers

Jun 1, 2014

Category: Food, Vices

If you’re like us, you’re not just familiar with pop culture references, but want to be neck-deep in a swimming pool of them. Now more than ever, there are many ways to enjoy more pop culture content than just watching the show or movie. You can geek out over action figures, lunch boxes, USB drives, ice cube trays and even community created content that adds to the lore of your favorite sci-fi world, to name a few. But if you’re like us, that stuff just isn’t enough–we want more! And what better way to pay tribute to your favorite geek franchise than to watch it while drinking a beer inspired by that franchise. Whether you love lightsabers or kingslayers, there is likely a beer for you. So without further ado, here are 12 awesome pop culture beers for the fanatic in you.

Ommegang Take the Black Stout

Ommegang Take the Black Stout

You know nothing, Jon Snow, nothing…except how to make a fantastic dark brew. Ommegang’s Take The Black Stout, which is based on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a beer worthy of those men of the Night’s Watch whom risk their lives defending the wall from the white walkers and such. Take the Black Stout is so delectable, a man might consider taking up the vow of celibacy to join the Night’s Watch to try it. Luckily, though, Ommegang made it available to the masses, so you won’t have to do that. [Brewery]

Marble Brewery Heisenbergs Dark 0

Marble Brewery Heisenberg’s Dark

New Mexico-based Marble Brewery got their name out there to the masses by riding the buzz wave from the Breaking Bad series’ finale season, as they announced a tribute beer named Heisenberg’s Dark, based on Walter White’s alter ego. This India Black Ale was among the other short-lived Breaking Bad inspired brews from Marble, none of which are still available–production has ceased. Fun fact: Marble’s other brews made many appearances throughout the series’ run. [Brewery]

Stone Brewings Dayman Coffee IPA 1

Stone Brewing Dayman Coffee IPA

Stone Brewing thought the Paddy’s Pub gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was well-deserving of their own brew, which makes sense, being that the majority of the show takes place in a bar. The brewery took a hoppy IPA and added freshly roasted coffee beans to make it easier for you to become more of a Dayman, yourself. [Brewery]

New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper

New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper

New England Brewing’s Imperial Stout Trooper capitalizes on the huge pop culture phenomenon we all love: Star Wars.  Not only is it simply a cool looking bottle to put on your shelf next to your LEGO Millenium Falcon replica, but the beer is one of the best imperial stouts we’ve ever had. Convert you to the dark side, it will. [Brewery]

Tin Man Brewing Klingon Warnog 1

Tin Man Brewing Klingon Warnog

Tin Man Brewing recently announced a Star Trek inspired brew named Klingon Warnog, but it actually isn’t the first Star Trek brew made. Cannery Brewing actually created an Irish Red style ale, which they named Vulcan Ale, years earlier. Still, Klingon Warnog is an above average German-style offering for those Trekkies out there. [Brewery]

Black Sheep Monty Pythons Holy Grail Ale

Black Sheep Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

Black Sheep’s Holy Grail Ale was originally a nod to Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s 30th anniversary back in 1999. Now, 15 years later, the brew is still widely available. This golden ale is incredibly hoppy with a unique fruity flavor and a dry finish. Drinking Holy Grail Ale will help you forget that your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. [Brewery]

Harringtons Brewery Sobering Thought

Harringtons Brewery Sobering Thought

Sobering Thought is a tribute to the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Harrington’s Brewery out of New Zealand, and was actually made for the film’s production so that actor’s could drink it without becoming drunk and hindering their performance. The beer contains just a 1.0% ABV, which is low enough so even the hobbits won’t be impaired after throwing a few back. [Brewery]

Ruckus Brewing Hoptimus Prime

Ruckus Brewing Hoptimus Prime

Ruckus Brewing’s Hoptimus Prime is a Double IPA which includes three different types of hops to create a big and unique flavor as a tribute to Transformers. Instead of the overpowering pinny hops that are typical with a DIPA, this brew has more of a tropical fruit flavor. Make sure you grab Ruckus’ and not Robinson Brewery’s, though. Since Robinson stole the name from Ruckus earlier this year, it is easy to get their names confused, but comparing their beers would be like comparing apples and rocks. [Brewery]

Ommegang Fire and Blood Red Ale

Ommegang Fire and Blood Red Ale

Fire and Blood Red Ale is another Game of Thrones tribute from Ommegang. It’s interestingly made to have spicy notes from ancho chilies, and it works well to match the personality of the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen, who says, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.” Too bad she’s not of legal age to drink in the U.S.–she’s only 15 when introduced in the show (13 in the novels). [Brewery]

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

3 Floyd’s Zombie Dust is the most successful pop culture beer ever made in just about every aspect of the word “success.” Not only is the beer itself a wonderfully crafted American Pale Ale, but the label was designed by renowned comic book artist Tim Seely, co-creator of Image Comics’ Revival and Hack/Slash. It is a proper ode to the zombie culture craze that one could only hope to be available in the impending zombie apocalypse. [Brewery]

Sierra Nevada Empire Strikes Back Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Empire Strikes Back Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada’s Star Wars tribute is even more impressive than the Imperial Stout Trooper mentioned above. There’s an explosion of chocolaty flavor that mixes in nicely with the coffee stout base, and finishes with a slight fruity sweetness. The force is strong with this one. [Brewery]

Laughing Dog The Dogfather

Laughing Dog Brewing The Dogfather

Laughing Dog’s tribute to The Godfather is a strong imperial stout that they named The Dogfather, and it’s made with 7 malts and 4 different hops to give it a unique flavor. It comes in at a whopping 11.00% ABV–enough to make even Don Corleone feel its effects after just one. [Brewery]

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