Star Wars Craft Beer Pairing

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If there is one thing that can make grown men cry, little kids laugh and most wives roll their eyes, it’s Star Wars.

The sheer excitement that has been building up inside me for the past few weeks is unlike anything else. It’s Star Wars. A new Star Wars. New characters, music and plots. It’s all new.

I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

This is like the Super Bowl, game seven of the World Series, Stanley Cup and NBA Finals all in one.

While prepping myself for the best early Christmas present any of us could ask for, I of course had to re-watch all of the previous Star Wars movies. Both good and bad.

As I was watching, I began to think about what beer would properly represent each iconic film.

(Welcome to how my mind works.)

And thanks to the awesome boss-lady, I am bringing it to all of you.

I am going in “release” order.

Episode IV: A New Hope and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Star Wars IPA

It’s the one that started it all. It started this crazy frenzy that has been passed down generation to generation. Just like the movie created its own culture, so to did 60 Minute.

Episode V: Empire Strikes Back and Arrogant Bastard


It’s brash. It’s in your face. Empire is so important to the Star Wars craze. It showed that the first one was not just a fluke. I think something like Arrogant Bastard takes on the same soul as this movie.

Yes, I just said a beer had a soul. It showed people that beer could have flavor. It could be more than just lagers and pale ales. Stone, like Lucasfilms, has been guiding their culture through many ups and downs.

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and your personal favorite

Jedi was the last one for almost 16 years until all of our prayers were answered (we’ll get to those, don’t worry) in 1999. Jedi pairs with your favorite beer because you need to treat it like it’s the last one you’re going to have for 16 years.

Scary thought, right?

For me, this would have to be Pizza Boy’s Arck Angel. It’s an amazing beer that might keep the buzz going all the way through the next three movies.

Darth with Arck Angel

Drink up and enjoy that beer. The next few you’re going to have to choke down won’t be as pleasurable.

That’s right, we have come to the dreaded second trilogy. If you watch the saga like I do, you would have needed your favorite beer to prepare yourself for what’s next.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Blue Moon

No five words send shivers down the spine like “Meesa called Jar Jar Binks.” Good lord. I just typed it and felt dirty. How did Lucas not feel the same way?

I don’t hate Blue Moon, just like I don’t HATE this movie. I really dislike both of them, but there is no hate.

I dislike them both for the same reason. They are a wolf in a sheep’s clothing. Blue Moon pretends to be craft, as Phantom pretends to be a Star Wars movie.

Episode II: The Clone Wars and Genny Light (Hello college)

Genny Art

Clone Wars is still a Star Wars movie. Genny light is still a beer, I guess. I just cant bring my self to watch or drink either one of these.

That’s all I have to say about that. – Forrest Gump

Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith and Goose Island IPA

Sith pulls out all of the stops. It’s a fun movie, but there is still something missing. It’s still not really Star Wars. Goose IPA acts like a real IPA. Goose IPA looks like a real IPA. But it is missing an intangible that makes it a true IPA.

Both Sith and Goose changed to appeal to a larger audience. Goose lost its hop flavor so non-IPA drinkers would choose it. Just like Sith tried to have too much of a wow factor rather than just making a good movie.

I have faith in Abrams that he won’t let us Star Wars fanboys/girls down this weekend. It’s something that we have been waiting for since the credits closed on Revenge of the Sith. Probably before.

Everyone take a few deep breaths, sip on your beer because a new Star Wars is here!

Please, J.J., don’t let us down.

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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