It’s not just alliteration and marketing: Craft beer and collaboration is real. Breweries team up for events (Red Stag Block Party), distillers and brewers meld spirits and beer (barrel-aged batches), and breweries partner with bands to create music-themed brews (Surly's Dillinger Four-inspired #Merica).
Now Dangerous Man is partnering with a gaming company to introduce Goliath Experimental Double IPA, a video game-inspired beer to be released this Sunday, June 5.
In Goliath, monsters roam the earth. Players build giant robots to fight and smite enemies and to collect resources for gameplay and survival. It was developed by Octopus Tree games, was scripted by local comic creator Zander Cannon, and features a soundtrack with The4onthefloor. There's a lot of local flavor atop that big new beer.
“The beer is a hop bomb,” says Rob Miller, Dangerous Man beardo and a self-described old-school gamer. “We wanted to make a beer that was strong and powerful, much like the Goliaths in the game.”
The explosive flavor comes from a new hop Miller used to concoct the recipe, fittingly named TnT hops and described as fruity, aromatic, and explosive.
And it won't be your regular beer release party with foamy pints and growler lines. This one will be filled with explosions and gaming stations to introduce the video game and the IIPA to the beer world.
“For me, creating a beer based around a video game was a dream come true. I cannot wait to sip this IIPA while getting in some serious battles in my new Goliath,” Miller says.
When asked if more video game beers are still to come, Miller was mum, but added, “We love working with other local companies." Dangerous Man also has a Surly collaboration beer in the works called Blutpakt.
In the meantime, gamers and beer fans can combine hop bombs and robot fights this Sunday at the taproom from 12-8 p.m. Goliath is also available online from Steam. Dangerous Man estimates the beer will be available for the next two weeks in their taproom and via growler.
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
1300 NE Second St., Minneapolis