On Friday, November 7th, we are releasing COURAGE American Wheat Ale, the second in our “Comicon Series”. Our first release was in 2013 for that year’s Emerald City Comicon Convention and was our Flying Monkey Pale Ale. Originally brewed for a limited, one time release, the Flying Monkey Pale Ale has gone on to become a year round offering on draft, 22 oz bottles and most recently in 12 oz cans.
Brewing a signature beer for these events has been a fun challenge for our brewers, and we are hoping that courage will be as wildly popular as the Flying Monkey turned out to be.
Courage is an American Style Wheat Ale that has a combination of citrusy hops, an infustion of zesty orange peel, and a subtle sweetness from the wheat. The ABV is 5% and the IBU is 15.
Not only did we brew special beers for these events, we had some pretty cool artwork created to go along with them. The Flying Monkey started it all and was a nod to the Wizard of Oz as a tie-in to the Emerald City name of Seattle and the Emerald City Comicon Convention. Wtih Courage, we continued the theme of Wizard of Oz characters as well as fighter pilots from an earlier era all in an exaggerated comic book style of artwork. The Flying Monkey came from James Klauser of Bullseye Creative (and an ABC Mug Club Member), and the artwork for Courage came from Shane White, a local comic artist and Concept Designer for Amazon Game Studios.
Like it’s predecessor, Courage has been brewed for a limited release. We have focused on draft and 22 oz bottles for packaging. The majority of draft will be served at local establishments around the Tacoma Convention Center. You can find it on draft at:
The Office Bar & Grill, Peterson’s 1111, The Valley Pub, Pacific Grill, Chalet Bowl, The Palace, Mediterranean Grill. Also in line to serve it are: Meconi’s, Dorky’s, Acme Tavern, New Frontier and The Mix (all Tacoma locations).
Bottle Shops in Pierce, King, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties will be getting deliveries this week of the 22 oz bottles as well.
We also want to give a shout out to Brian Meredith, owner of Micro Brew Comics (and an ABC Founders Mug Club Member) for giving us the opportunity to partner with him in this unique way!