The moment the entire nerd community has been waiting for impatiently has arrived. Ladies and Jedi-men, Star Wars Episode 7 debuts tomorrow night.
I can recall my dad taking me to see A New Hope when I was but a wee lad. The best of the series so far – The Empire Strikes Back – was the last movie I saw before my family moved from Arizona to California. Return of the Jedi was part of my summer shipped off to a kids’ camp in Texas.
As you can see, Star Wars has been with me my entire life. The toys, the dressing up like Han Solo, the general excitement and imagination… Yeah, I’m fairly pumped for this continuation of a story that has transcended mythology.
Here’s the problem: what’s that got to do with a beer column? Is there beer that ties in with the expansive universe George Lucas created? Well, yes, but none of it is available here. 3 Floyds Dark Lord has the right name but it’s not even Star Wars-themed. Snake River’s OB-1 Brown Ale and New England Imperial Stout Trooper aren’t sold anywhere near Pensacola.
Us SW fans are nothing if not exuberant, a trait I also possess when it comes to beer. Forgive me a slight indulgence if I’m stretching today to connect one passion to the other. More on that in a minute.
As much love as the series has garnered, it’s not without its fair share of controversy and derision. The prequels to the Original Trilogy gave us accidentally racist characters and some achingly bad wooden acting and dialogue. Fair enough. We’re not talking “Waiting For Godot” here, after all. But the fan collective’s number one biggest gripe of all is the decision to have Greedo shoot at Han first in the Special Edition anniversary re-release of A New Hope.
Lucas maintains that he didn’t want his scruffy hero perceived as a cold-blooded killer right out the gate. The rest of geekdom heartily disagrees. In our minds it will always be Han, one shot, that’s it. Nevertheless, we ended up with two shots.
Okay, here’s where I’ve stretched the connection thinner than a Mynock wing. Again, forgive my excitement. Best I can do to get into the Star Wars spirit is to drink a Maui Dopple Shot. This Hawaiian “double” bock is a flavor thermal detonator! Yellow Caturra coffee from Maui has been added to impart a dark honey color and boost the scents and flavors. Smoky, roasted coffee bean greets the nose with hints of toffee and pecan. The malt base offers up a medium-bodied brew with amazing flavors of caramel, honeysuckle, butter cream and Café au Lait. The flavor finish hangs around like Obi-Wan’s ghost; constantly popping up with reminders of goodness.
Come see us for a Maui Dopple Shot after the movie. The Force is strong with this one!