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10 video game beers

Level up your next beer tasting with these brews inspired by pixels and power-ups—no cheat codes required.


Tallgrass | 8-Bit
The 8-Bit era that began in 1983 saw the debut of some of history’s greatest video games. This Kansas-brewed pale ale pays homage with an easy drinking blend of alfalfa and lime-tinged happiness that won’t distract from your boss battles.

Pipework’s | Killer Queen
Chicago-based Pipeworks brewed this imperial IPA with honey and blueberries as riffs on the 10-player, berry-collecting, snail riding, queen bee-killing battle royale it’s named for, adding flavorful power-ups to an impressive blend of sweet malts and resinous, mangolike hops.

Hoof Hearted | Konkey Dong
Yeah, har har, that’s not the famous gorilla’s name at all. But jokes aside, this imperial IPA from Ohio has refined tangerine, mango and melon flavors to go with warmth from a very grown-up 8% ABV.

Brothers | Pilsnerd
This happier-than-usual German-style pils honors video game nerds with pizza doughlike malt flavors that cushion the hops’ grass, pepper and orange peel before sparkling bubbles scrub the palate clean.

Round Guys | Hipster Frogger
The 2015 version of this dubbel was aged in bourbon barrels with tequila-soaked oak chips, agave syrup and Brettanomyces for a traffic jam of plum, cocoa and cherry flavors. Look for a new batch this fall.

Hopworks | Galactic Imperial Red
Picture your taste buds as the waves of aliens and this bottle of 8.5% ale as the attacking spaceship: Laser beams of grapefruit, wood and pine explode before toffeelike sweetness sweeps the battlefield.

Short’s | Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Tributes to both “Galaga” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” emerge in this Belgian IPA’s notes of tangerine, guava and pine that zoom into a star field of peppery spices.

Sound | Mortal Kombat X Series
Sound founder Mark Hood spent 25 years developing video games before starting his brewery; there’s no one better to craft beers inspired by Mortal Kombat characters like Scorpion, a roast imperial stout that stings with chili pepper heat.

8-Bit | White Mage
From its tap handles (repurposed Nintendo controllers) to its beers, 8-Bit Aleworks is a gamer’s kind of brewery. This witbier combines grains of paradise and white cacao beans for a sip as restorative as a Final Fantasy Curaga spell.

Arcade | Mega Milk
As you might expect, Chicago-based Arcade produces several game-themed ales; this lactose-sweetened oatmeal stout fires off notes of French toast, nutty oats and Biscoff cookies each September.


Zach Fowle is DRAFT's beer editor. Reach him at zach@draftmag.com.


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