Grab your capes! The New York Comic Con is almost upon us. And like last year we are celebrating by reimagining our very own Superhero inspired brew. The liquid portion of the Brooklyn Defender was designed by Brewmaster and certified Sci-Fi geek Garrett Oliver, the logo by vintage DC Comics logo designer Milton Glaser, and the hero himself by Cliff Chiang. We’re thrilled to have Cliff design the Defender this year, we’ve been admiring his design work for years, and his Wonder Woman run has been on our pull list every week. Cliff has given us a darker more contemporary Brooklyn Defender, willing to brave any bar to defend against his gallery of rogues the “Foam Jobs”.
On Saturday, September 21 from 8:30pm – Midnight, in league with New York Comic Con, we’ll be launching The Defender here at The Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room. Open bar and swag giveaways. Costumes encouraged! Space is limited, so RSVP to reserve a spot. This party is for 21+ only.
Aside from pouring here at The Brewery, during New York Comic Con (Oct 10-13) some kegs of The Defender will find their way to the following bars (while supplies last — call ahead to confirm):
PINT NIGHTS – Take home a limited edition Brooklyn Defender pint glass when you order the beer (while supplies last). Raffling 4 3-day passes to New York Comic Con at each event.
9/24 – Barcade Brooklyn (388 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211), 5pm
9/26 – Pony Bar UES (1444 1st Ave. at 75th St. New York, NY 10036), 7pm
10/1 – Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St Brooklyn, NY 11206), 8pm
10/3 – Flying Pig (70-28 Austin Street, Forest Hills NY, 11375), 7pm
10/7 – Owl Farm (297 9th St Brooklyn, NY 11215), 7pm
10/10 – Beer Culture (328 W 45th St New York, 10036), 7pm
COMIC CON SPECIALS, 10/11 – 12 – Local Bars, New York Comic-Con Specials
Pony Bar West (637 10th Ave New York, NY 10036) –Take home a limited edition Brooklyn Defender pint glass when you order the beer (while supplies last).
Beer Authority (300 W 40th St New York, NY 10018) – Happy Hour 11-7, $14.95. After 7:00, $19.95. Brooklyn Defender & burger with bacon, onion rings, pepper jack cheese and BBQ sauce. Purchase of the combo comes complete with a limited edition Brooklyn Defender commemorative pint glass, yours to keep (while supplies last).
NY Beer Company (321 W 44th St New York, NY 10036) – The New York Comic Con Combo
Chef’s special Chipotle Black Bean Burger & a 16oz Pint of Brooklyn Brewery’s limited release Brooklyn Defender for only $15. Purchase of the combo comes complete with a limited edition Brooklyn Defender commemorative pint glass, yours to keep (while supplies last).
Burger Description – Southwestern spiced black beans mixed with rich chipotles, Serrano peppers & a 4 cheese blend topped with roasted tomatoes, shaved red onions, baby arugula & pickled jalapeños. Finished with melted Colby jack cheese on our homemade bun.
Read more about The Defender below:
The bars of this city need a defender. After years of neglect and false advertising the taps are running muddy with thrifty ideas and cheaper imitations. The “Foam Jobs” are still running amok. You know who they are. Skunk, their “beer turned bad” leader, controls too much of the cities stores. Thin Body, with his frail listless frame, fills bar patrons everywhere with disappointment. Adjunct, with his giant corn costume, replacing any good done by proper breweries with sickly sweet dishonesty. The supervillain group Bureaucracy, infecting their beers with bland tasteless recipes. The Marketeer and his henchman, Propaganda, continue to fill the eyes and the ears of the public with lies and distractions allowing for inferior beers to fill the landscape. Their television addled half dog, half frog, Mascot, constantly searching for approval and waitresses.
The “Foam Jobs” days are numbered. Stalking the shadows waiting to strike the tasteless substitutes that invade our taste buds everyday, the Brooklyn Defender fights with rich complex flavor. Using the the finest German and American dark malts, he brings a strong body to every glass and fight. Finished with the finest American hops, flavor awakens the people’s dulled tastebuds. The Brooklyn Defender strikes, quick and strong, avenging all of those who have been spurned by the “Foam Jobs” and their like.
Retconned into a darker and deeper back story just like our favorite contemporary comic heroes. The Defender strikes fear into the heart of those who would forget the virtues of true beer. And when they look to him for a funnel of flavorless fizz, he will look back and say, “No.” With a dark malt visage that creeps out of the shadows and a powerful hoppy strike to finish his opponents, The Brooklyn Defender is not the beer these people deserve, but the beer they need, right now.