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Hobbit-Inspired Beers No Longer Middle Earth Exclusive

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Fans of the Hobbit film series will be pleased to hear that novelty beers will soon be available based off of the popular Lord of the Rings franchise. In a partnership between Fish Brewing, Ocean Brands, LLC and Bevlink, LCC, three brews were created based on the series’ well-known villains.

The beers are Gollum Precious Pils, Smaug Stout and Bolg Belgian Tripel. Gollum Precious Pils features an Imperial Pils that claims to be as smooth and crafty as the lovable creature itself. Smaug Stout finds its inspiration from Russian Imperial Stout with hints of Habanero chilies, because dragon. Bolg Belgium Tripel is styled after Belgium Tripel that’s supposedly as strong as the Orc chief himself. Each alcoholic beverage boasts a 10% ABV and is packaged in 22-oz bottles.

While the final installment of the Hobbit Trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 17, the beers will be available this week for purchase, presumably at alcohol retailers.

H/T Beer Pulse

 

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The Most Patriotic Beers in America

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It’s no secret that America adores their beer in the same way that they adore their firstborn child. A cold, crisp brew is the blood, sweat and tears of this country, or something like that. Either way, check out this list of “quintessentially American brews” by the folks over at Thrillist. Here are our personal picks from their whopping list of 50. Take a gander below.

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Ol’ Glory

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Not many beers go so far as to say they’re brewed with patriotism. Or include the Pledge of Allegiance on their packaging. Or… well, just look at their website. Just don’t buy their robot insurance.

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Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch

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Okay, so yes, Budweiser is totally no longer American-owned, but that’s capitalism, right? And capitalism is American, is it not? And, I mean, look at the American flag cases in the shape of a tank!

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Lone Star

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Sure, it’s the self-proclaimed “National Beer of Texas”, and sure, Texas makes occasional noise about seceding, but for now you’re part of us, Texans, along with your cheap beer of choice.

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American Patriot Beer

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This brew was conceived in St. Louis in response to a certain previously mentioned brewery being sold to foreign overlords. Capitalism may be patriotic, but so is starting a protest brewery. There’s room for everyone!

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Homefront IPA

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This special release IPA is a collaborative effort between numerous breweries (this is Cigar City’s label from last year), with proceeds benefitting military families. Oh, and it’s also aged on Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

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Brew Free! Or Die IPA, 21st Amendment

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This San Francisco crew is definitely no stranger to American-themed brews, but it’s hard to argue with their Mount Rushmore-flashing, liberty-touting flagship IPA.

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Founding Father’s Lager

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This is another brew whose sale benefits military charities and, well, I mean, look at the label.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon

 

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Shortened to PBR by… pretty much everyone, its present association with hipsterdom to the point of cliche obscures the fact that it either won a blue ribbon at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, or lied and said it did for marketing purposes. Either way — industrious!

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American Beer, Pittsburgh Brewing Company

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This looks like the beer Captain America would drink after a hard day of crime-fighting. Did Captain America drink? He probably didn’t. I am not that well-versed in comic books. Either way, this seems like a good fit for him.

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American Amber Ale, Rogue Brewing Company

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Sometimes it’s just as simple as an impeccable blend of hops and malt and some quintessentially American label art, as it is with this longtime favorite from the prolific Oregon brewers.

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Head over here to peek the rest of the 50 Most Patriotic Beers in America!

H/T + PicThx Thrillist