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    What Would Vader be Drinking?

    Today is Star Wars Day. Yes, there is a Star Wars Day, and in reference to “May the force be with you”, May the fourth has become the unofficial day of celebration for Star Wars nerds *cough* fans all across the globe. And I am not ashamed to admit it, I love Star Wars. In fact I watched Return of the Jedi two nights ago because I had a huge craving for it! Its just so good.

    So, to honor this now sacred day, lets take a look at what beers some of the famed Star Wars characters would be enjoying today.

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far away…

    Admiral Ackbar: Chaos Theory, BrewDog. The commander of the Alliance Fleet lead the Rebel Capital ships into a chaotic battle against the second Death Star and developed the attack strategy for the Battle of Endor. The Admiral would most likely prefers the spicy and complex flavors of Brew Dog’s Chaos Theory while devising plans to lead a tiny group of insignificant rebels against a planet shattering Death Star. Good luck Admiral!

    Boba Fett: Night Stalker, Goose Island. The legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett, without a question is a Imperial Stout kinda guy, probably going for the deep roasty flavors of the Night Stalker by Goose Island. He is a fearless enforcer and was strictly raised to be the ultimate warrior and mercenary, and true cloaked stalker in the night. He pilots the Slave One, but always practices sober flying. This begs the question, does the clone army also drink the Night Stalker?

    Chewbacca: Riggwelter, Black Sheep. A fury warrior of great strength and loyalty, Chewbacca was Han Solo’s co-pilot and best friend. Chewbacca’s skills on the battle field and repair bay make him a very valuable ally, however his tendency to think with his stomach often gets him into trouble. As proven on Endor when he grabbed at a dead animal entrapping himself and rebel crew hostage to the Ewoks, Chewbacca is a fan of the Riggwelter by Black Sheep. The label’s image of a sheep on its back is enough to temp the Wookiee.

    Qui-Gon Jinn: Samichlaus, Schloss Eggenberg. Qui-Gon Jinn a maverick Jedi master and a student of the force. His focus is on the moment rather than meditation and urges his pupils to “feel, don’t think – use your instincts”. If it were not for his unorthodox views he surely would have been on the Jedi Council. Qui-Gon therefore looks for a beer which resembles his own philosophies, defying the standards set out by regulation and existing as true to himself as possible. The richest and darkest lager in the world, Samichlaus, defying all forms of order at 14% is without a doubt his beverage of choice.

    Yoda: Black Ops, Brooklyn Brewery. Yoda is the ancient and revered Jedi Master who for eight centuries trained Jedi to be masters of the Force. Invisibility, discipline, focus and steadfast combat abilities make Yoda, even at 900 years old, a true master of the Force. The Brooklyn Black Ops offers Yoda a deliciously unique chocolate and roasty stout which shares his affinity for tactics and stealth. May the force be with you.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi: Three Philosophers, Ommegang. Obi-Wan is a dedicated and legendary Jedi Knight whose influence and wisdom has helped shape the fate of an entire galaxy. Obi-Wan brought Luke Skywalker to the Alliance and trained him to be a Jedi, showing and guiding him though the power of the force, and the perils of the dark side. Ommegang’s Three Philosophers must be Obi-Wan’s beer; it offers a deep and complex understanding of Belgian malts and yeasts, with a sweet undertone of Cherry Lambic. Contemplative, yet seductive.

    Darth Vader: The Dark Lord, Three Floyds. The once Jedi Master who succumbed to the Dark Side, the Dark Lord of the Sith, Dark Vader, undoubtedly goes for the rich, black, engine oil-like power of the Three Floyd’s Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. He is the scourge of the Jedi and master of the Dark Side of the force. A once powerful and hopeful Jedi, he is now more machine than man. No one has ever seen Darth Vader enjoy a beer, however his Star Destroyer’s recycling bay is constantly filled with Dark Lords.

    Imperial Stormtrooper: XS Imperial IPA, Rogue Brewery. The military soldiers representing the most visible extension of Imperial Might. Their training stressed complete indoctrination in the New Order and unswerving loyalty to the emperor. This is a tough life of strict orders and certain death around every corner. At the end of the day the Imperial Stormtrooper relaxes with a big bottle of Rogue’s XS Imperial IPA, offering up crisp and powerful refreshment and enough hops to sooth their battle wounds.

    Luke Skywalker: Liberty Ale, Anchor Brewing. The last hope for the Rebel Alliance definitely prefers the taste of Anchor’s Liberty Ale. He grew up during the chaos as the galaxy transitioned from Republic to tyrannical Empire, and eventually became the Jedi Knight who liberated the galaxy from this terror. Luke likes the zesty and quenching west coast style pale ales after all his moisture farming on the desert planet of Tatooine.

    Han Solo: Sublimely Self Righteous BlackIPA, Stone Brewing. Really? The Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale would be Han’s best beer? Well it seems obvious that the smuggler turned hero, turned general for the Alliance would go for an IPA which hides its true colors under a sheath of comedic color and disguise. Unpredictable, sarcastic but also unrelentingly loyal, Han Solo is the self righteous hero of the Republic.

    The Emperor: Duvel, Brewerij Moortgat. It only seems fitting that the Emperor would drink Duvel, a beer whose name means devil. The emperor was once a senator for the Republic, but maliciously plotted to rule the galaxy and also turned Anakin Skywalker into the master of evil, Darth Vader. The dangerously embraceable power of the Duvel makes it the Emperors pick for a real beer. However, I hear he has been seen pounding back the Coor’s Light – whats with that? Pure evil.

    The Death Star: La Fin Du Monde, Unibroue. The Space Station constructed by the Empire with the capability of destroying whole planets in one fast blow was to be used by the Dark Side as a weapon of terror threatening worlds with annihilation. Although the Death Star cannot drink beer, if it could it would definitely be drinking Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde, which translates to The end of the world. Enough said.

    The Rebel Alliance: The Devine Rebel, Mikkeller and BrewDog. A strong Barleywine is just what members of the Rebel Alliance needs to face its destiny and mount an assault on the most deadly force in the galaxy. The Alliance formed as a group of freedom fighters woefully under-equipped to challenge an enemy the likes of the Empire. Regardless though, with some help from a few divine influences, the Rebel Alliance conquered the Empire and restored order to the galaxy.

    Jabba the Hut: Cuve Van De Kaizer Blauw, Gouden Carolus. Jabba was the preeminent kingpin of crime in the Outer Rim Territories running unsavory rackets like slavery, gunrunning, spice-smuggling and extortion. He is a repulsive and massive slug, with a specific distaste for Han Solo. Gouden Carolus’ Cuve is their Gran Cru, which means large growth, and would surely be the strong and spicy hearty ale to accompany Jabba’s diet of live animals.

    The Rancor: The Beast, Avery Brewing. The 30 foot creature living in a shadowy chamber beneath Jabba’s throne room struct terror in the hearts and minds of all who fell victim to Jabba’s wrath. While the Rancor’s diet mostly consists of slaves and musicians, I hear that the Rancor is fond of the powerful punch that the 14.9% abv Beast by Avery Brewing provides. When Luke crushed the Rancor underneath the bay door he also ran away with a stash of Vintage Beast’s – good move Luke!

    Princess Leia: Devotion, The Lost Abbey. Once a member of the Imperial Senate, and a member of the Royal Family of Alderan, Princess Leia is the Leader in the Alliance to restore the Republic. She is completely devoted to restoring freedom and justice to the galaxy, and also shares Luke’s genetic disposition as a wielder of the force. Leia goes for the subtly complex, heritage rich flavors of the Lost Abbey’s Devotion, a beer which is also devoted to the ways of its forefathers.