I'm not really a beer drinker, but that has never stopped any of my friends who do enjoy the bitter taste of malt and hops from trying to convince me to give it a shot. "Oh, this one's pretty sweet, it's like chocolate" they'll say, giving me something that doesn't taste anything like a milkshake, or "it's an acquired taste." I have never acquired it, but really, if they actually wanted to get me interested in beer, they should've probably told me there's one out there that comes with a story by two dudes who did that issue of Ghost Rider about demonic truckers.
That, at least, is the strategy currently being employed by Chicago's Arcade Brewery, who have released a new six-pack called Festus Rotgut Black Wheat Ale, in which the labels tell a six-part story by Jason Aaron and Tony Moore.
I'm not really a beer drinker -- I prefer my alcoholic beverages to be the sort of sugary concoctions that either involve a handful of fruit and a blender or about as much chocolate as your average donut -- but if there's one thing that could get me to check out a bottle of pale ale, it'd be tying it to the legendary King of Comics, Jack Kirby. Which, believe it or not, is something that's actually happening.
If you had told me yesterday that there were people who read and/or watched The Walking Dead and came away from it thinking "you know, we should try eating brains, I bet that is a really good idea," then I would have called you a dope and walked away from that conversation as soon as I could. And yet, the Internet has proven, as it always does, that I am the real dope here. Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewing Co. has created a new beer flavored with brains. Actual brains. Actual, literal, roasted brains.
To be fair, they're goat brains and not human, but I'm not actually sure that makes it a whole lot better. Besides, there's cranberry in this stuff, and that's just gross.
I'm someone who enjoys an adult beverage every now and then, but since I'm also someone whose tastes basically stopped at the age of 12, I tend to really hate the bitter taste of beer. Up to now, I've solved this problem pretty handily by just dumping a pint of ethanol and a bag of Skittles into a blender, but many are the nights where I've been in the throes of delirium, wondering why there isn't a way to get drunk on something that tastes like fruit soda, and that also panders to my love of iconic Japanese pop culture characters.
Thankfully, I now have my answer: Sanrio has licensed an official Hello Kitty beer, currently available in China and Taiwan in four fruity flavors.
If you've invested in Roland Emmerich's life-altering film 2012 starring John Cusack, you are fully aware that the world is totally going to end next year on December 21 (What's that? Something about a Mayan calendar...
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