By Editor In Chief/Lord Of Words Ed M Morris
"Ed, can you write a post about beers that have names inspired by movies?" JP Perkins, Publisher of the Pints Templars Blog, asked me via text last week. I put down my beer, a bottle of I Love Lamp by Evil Genius replied yes and got to work.
Here are some of my favorite beers that have names inspired by movies:
1.I Love Lamp - Evil Genius Movie connection: Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004). Given that Evil Genius uses lines from movies to name most of their products, it would be easy to make up this list of EG beers alone. I Love Lamp is a seasonal release, a pineapple hefeweizen that comes out in May of each year. This is the hefeweizen that I actively look for each year. Fictional Weatherman Brick Tamland loves a lamp in the newsroom office and I love this early summer beer.
Artwork by New Jersey Artist Joe Bakter
2. Vulcan Ale The Genesis Effect - SHMALTZ BREWING CO. Movie Connection: Star Trek III - The Search For Spock (1984). So I will admit, I am a huge Star Trek fan, but this was not one of my favorite Star Trek films, but of all the Star Trek related beers out there, this one is my most liked. It's a Red Session IPA and was available in 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the show. I wish Shmaltz made this into regular production, as it is the only beer of theirs that I really like. While I don't recall Vulcan Ale being mentioned in the TV series or any of the movies, I am glad I made first contact with this IPA when it was available.
3. Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing. Movie Connection: Star Wars (1977). Yes, I like Star Trek and Star Wars (and I am not calling the connection the beer Star Wars - A New Hope, it's just Star Wars), and a friend of mine was kind enough to share a few bottles of this with me years ago. I wasn't a fan of Stouts until I had this. A touch of coffee and chocolate drew me into the dark side of beer and the 9.5% ABV didn't make me notice the changes Lucas made to the movie over the multiple re-releases.
4. Holy Grail Ale - Black Sheep Brewing. Movie Connection: Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975). This is the only Official Monty Python beer. Period. I discovered Monty Python back in the 1980's during a midnight double feature of Holy Grail and Life Of Brian. I had never seen anything like it before or since. Holy Grail Ale was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the comedy team. The taste is described on the website as:
I didn't mind the burnt spell caster taste all that much as the zesty flavor covered it! Wish I could find this here in the US, as I could only get it while visiting the UK for work.
Next up on the Pints Templars Blog: Ten Ways To Hide Your Beer.