I believe we’ve expressed our admiration for Brooklyn Brewery and their beloved brewmaster, Mr. Garrett Oliver, a few times in the past.
Brooklyn’s ability to create, maintain (and now protect) a quality product is truly extraordinary. Hence, their newest creation set to debut at this year’s Comic Con in New York City, The Defender Amber IPA. With a 7.2% ABV, it’s a beer with a mission – "to protect flavor, variety, deliciousness, versatility, and honesty in beer."
The beer, of course, was brewed by Mr. Oliver, the logo designed by DC Bullet Point designer Milton Glaser, and the character was created by Mr. Tony Millionaire, a man whose name reveals a wealth in talent.
I’d really love to tell you more about this beer, however the description given by Brooklyn is absolutely magnificent, and I want you to enjoy it as I did. So here you go:
"Once, a long time ago, benevolent Beer Gods bestrode the lands of the world, bringing wonderful beer and great happiness to the People. Collaborating joyously among themselves, the Beer Gods defended the pleasures of the table and promulgated the virtues of Flavor, Variety, Deliciousness, Versatility and Honesty in beer. And the People loved them for it.
But the Beer Gods were far too trusting – in truth, they were not without enemies. Out of the stygian depths of the Earth’s crust rose a cabal of anti-Beer Gods, the Megaliths. Taking the peaceful Beer Gods by surprise, the warlike Megaliths cast a powerful spell that drove the Beer Gods down into the shadows. Flavorful beer vanished from the land, and the People wept. Their victory complete, the Megaliths sent among us the ghostly pale, thin tasteless beers known colloquially as ‘foam jobs.’ Blandness led to mediocrity, mediocrity led to hate, and hate led to suffering. And O, how the People suffered! They forgot the true taste of beer, the soft rustle of barley, the smell of hops.
And then, just as it seemed that the darkness had stamped out all good things, a new dawn rose over Brooklyn. A hero came to rescue the people from the iron grip of the Megaliths – The Defender! Spawned in deepest Brooklyn and robed in a cowl of shimmering amber, the Defender wielded the rich power of caramel malts, the sharpest unbreakable blade of pure hop bitterness and an incredible focused blast of hop aroma to shatter the Megalith’s spell. The Beer Gods awoke to find themselves forever shielded within the hearts of the People, and once again the great virtues of true beer spread through the land. Even now, the Defender will be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Should your shadow ever grow long, your spirit sag, and your knees buckle, you need only remember these words — BRING FORTH THE DEFENDER!"