May the Dark Side of the Force be with you, Dark Lord Vader. This may not be your father’s beer, and hopefully Darth Vader isn’t you father, either. In my imagination Darth Vader would be swilling down a Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout by 3 Floyds Brewing Co. right after he cut his son Luke Skywalker’s hand off, and told him “I am your Father.” Dark Lord Day is in April, and is the only day that you can buy this indescribable Russian Imperial Stout. Understandably, people line up at the brewery for hours to buy their limited amount of bottles of this decadent black big brew. Leading up to one hell of a music festival with a load of bands and a DJ serving up sick music all day long. I was lucky enough to get to try this beer at Culmination Beer Fest here in Anchorage. Here’s a picture of Gabe Fletcher serving it up in 2012.
Brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar, this beer is ridiculous. I wonder why it’s not barrel aged. I got to sample the 2012 version with the red wax. Looks like Darth Vader is also drinking the 2012, or it could be the 2004. Since he has the entire imperial fleet at his command, he would probably have whatever vintage he wanted. I also thought the red wax was appropriate as it matches his light saber.
Cheers to 3 Floyds, brewing up a whale of a brew with the Dark Lord, and may the Force be with you!
This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of the super popular American pale ale called Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana.Brewed in homage to comic books with a label designed by Marvel illustrator Tim Steely and Zimmer Designs, this beer is one of the most sought-after pale ales available in the United States. The character on the label is a combination of Spider Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor into one Zombie Lord who obviously rocks the dust out of zombies. I first tried this beer last summer when I was driving from Michigan to Chicago via Indiana. After a very short detour,I arrived at 3 Floyds, and couldn’t stop drinking this sublime nectar. The brewery was also selling this beer by the case, and people were walking out carrying two cases at a time, having paid a higher than average price for a pale ale. If the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, forget the chainsaw, board up your windows and crack open some of the Z-Dust because the zombies will eventually get you anyway, and you might as well have a nice buzz going when they eat your brains.Comic nerds are stereotypically not heavy drinkers, but when they do drink beer, they go for quality. Zombie Dust is the quality that will quench your thirst, plus it’s got a super sick label that will inspire your imagination.I thought of Night of the Living Dead, as well as Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead series, so I referenced those two flicks in the background.Hell, this beer is so good some people might give their left hand for a case of it!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase one of 52 limited-edition prints, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shopRealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76 by Scott Clendaniel. June 9, 2016. Zombie Dust Pale Ale by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Cheers to the Zombie Dust! Sometimes making a beer that is over the top pays off!