The Walking Dead is one of the most popular TV shows on the planet, with mostly good reason (though if you haven’t read the graphic novels, you should totally do that right now), so it was just a matter of time until a tribute brew was produced in its honor. Problem is, how do you make it unique? Sure, you could slap a couple of zombies on the label, give it a punny name, and probably be ok, but would that be enough? Craft brewers are an innovative and experimental group, so we should expect something more than just a cheap grab at the coattails of a popular show. It seems that the brewers at Dock Street Brewing Company had the same idea, and boy, have they raised the bar with this one.
The company is releasing a beer they’ve dubbed Walker. It’s a Pale Stout brewed with malted wheat, oats, flaked barley, cranberry, and, are you ready for this?……brains.
Yep. Walker is brewed with smoked goat brains, which will impart the beer with “intriguing, subtle smoke notes.” From the press release:
Dock Street Walker (7.2% ABV) is an American Pale Stout, brewed with substantial amounts of malted wheat, oats, and flaked barley for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fuggle hops provide delicate, earthy notes, while the cranberries create a sinister, bloody hue, and a slight tartness. The pre-sparge-brain-addition provides the beer with intriguing, subtle smoke notes. In true walker fashion, don’t be surprised if its head doesn’t hang around forever.
While the thought of consuming brains in any way is not very appealing to me, I understand the choice Dock Street made here. What other ingredient would you add to a zombie themed beer? Brains are the obvious choice.
The beer will be released at the brewery on March 30th, and the brewery will host a viewing party for the season finale of the show.