There's a minor crisis in the beer world as the ballooning number of U.S. breweries—roughly 6,000 at last count—has lead to a shortage in beer names. Thankfully, as craft brewers get more creative on their labels, they've started channeling our favorite shows, movies, and comics for inspiration.
Here are 13 of our favorites.
is the latest Star Trek-inspired brew from upstate New York's Shmaltz Brewing. It pairs barley from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere with hops from the East and West, for an India Pale Lager meant to unite Terrans across the world.
The Belgian-style brewery has produced Game of Thrones-inspired beers since 2013 with the Iron Throne Blonde Ale. This April, Ommegang is launching a new series of ales called the Royal Reserve Collection. The first beer off the line is , a barleywine brewed to honor Tyrion Lannister.
packs a big pine and citrus hop aroma, but the flavor also embraces the caramel and toasted malt that bring the red color. Though Evil Dead is a fall seasonal, you can get it's sweet, malty sibling, My Bloody Valentine, in the spring.
There are at least a dozen breweries offering a Dark Helmet, . Spaceballs fans won't be surprised to learn that Dark Helmet is a schwarzbier (may it be with you). That's a dark, German-style lager that's like a more crisp and refreshing stout.
8 Bit's tap list is a trove of geeky pop culture references. The Grogdor tribute to Homestar Runner's Burinator is especially endearing, but imperial IPA is the first can we'd crack open. This rich, opaque hop bomb will makes you feel the power of a mighty Barbeerian.
The is now a year-round offering from the Brooklyn Brewery. It regularly rotates the super-powered beer defenders on its label, with the current being a tribute to the Jack Kirby era. The golden-hued IPA layers tropical fruit hops over lightly toasted and caramelized barley.
, and not just because it combines a retro arcade favorite with a dick joke. The brewers at Hoof Hearted dump a ridiculous amount of American hops into this beer as it's finishing for a tropical explosion of juicy flavor.
This is the beer you're looking for. Brewed once every winter, clocks nearly 10 percent ABV and marries dark fruit flavors with coffee beans and a deep roast.
(a tart, thirst-quenching wheat beer) is one third of Snake River Brewing's series of comic book heroine-inspired goses. She's joined by Red Sonja, which is flavored with hibiscus, and Storm, which features blackberries.
Of course he did. is all hops, but without the bitter bite. A portion of oats smoothes the flavor, which is dominated by bright fruit and fresh-cut grass.
Thankfully, this tastes significantly better than a nutrient-soaked towel. While the ingredients are Earth-bound, it does feature Australian Galaxy hops from the other side of the globe.
is a strong amber lager, known as a maibock. The style was originally brewed in Germany for the spring months and this classic take features rich malts upfront, followed by a peppery, herbal hop finish.
If any hero ever earned a beer, it's Link. Now it's finally here thanks to Georgia's Second Self. features a fruit punch of hop flavors and smooth body, thanks to additions of oats and wheat.