How do you prove that you’re a true fan of Star Trek, The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones? Drink these pop-culture-inspired beers.
The Federation of Beer – as in the United Federation of Planets from Star Trek – has licensed the Star Trek name to create a beer called Roggen Dunkel to be brewed in Indiana. Roggen Dunkel is named after an incredibly potent alcoholic drink consumed by members of the fearsome Klingon race on Stark Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. You don’t have to have the hearty constitution of an alien warrior for this beer, however. It’s a Dunkelweizen, a German-style beer made from sweet and rye malts with notes of banana and cloves. This isn’t the Federation’s first Star Trek beer. In 2013, it brewed Vulcan Ale, a beer that was red, like Vulcan, the home planet of Spock.
When you put The Walking Dead next to the idea of consumption, what do you think? Probably “braaaaaaains,” right? You’re not wrong. In advance of this weekend’s fourth season finale of AMC’s incredibly popular zombie drama, Philadelphia’s Dock Street brewery has released a red ale—blood red, actually. Dock Street Walker (“walker” is what characters on The Walking Dead call zombies) is made with cranberries to give it that bloody, gory color. It’s also made with smoked goat brains. Yes. Smoked goat brains.
For a couple of years, Cooperstown, New York, brewery Ommegang has been brewing two beers based on HBO’s Game of Thrones: Iron Throne Ale (and ale) and Take the Black Stout (a dark stout). Going on sale on March 31, a week before the new season starts, Ommegang will introduce its third GOT beer, Fire and Blood Red Ale. “Fire and Blood” is the motto of the show’s House Targaryen, as led by Daenerys Targaryen, “the mother of dragons.” Each bottle depicts one of three different dragons. Collect ‘em all!