New York Comic Con has made a tradition of its annual exclusive beer and here’s this year’s 2015 Brooklyn Defender IPA, with a label of the beer’s eponymous superhero by Khary Randolph.
The brew—which will be unveiled at an event on September 9th—will be available throughout the tri-state area and then, for the first time, distributed nationally in more than 20 states. Another first: This year’s beer will be available both bottled and on tap. Here at Stately Beat Manor we’re fans of Brooklyn’s crisp beers all year and we’; surely sample a Defender or two during Super Week festivities.
“This year’s Brooklyn Defender is a bright, juicy IPA with a reddish twist from a dash of roasted malt and matched the flavor packed by Randolph’s exquisite design,” Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery explains. “We have been working with New York Comic Con for four years now and are really excited for the rest of the country to finally be able to experience the new Brooklyn Defender and its unique taste and look!”
In celebration of the East Coast’s largest and most heroic pop culture festival, renowned comic book artist Khary Randolph (Spider-Man, X-Men, Hellboy, Boondocks) crafted the bold spirit of the 2015 Brooklyn Defender to embody the modern superhero and athlete. The Defender looks like the everyday man, but is much more as he defends civilians against tasteless beer.
“The new Brooklyn Defender is the modern Brooklyn hero, saving many from dangerously bland nights,” explains Randolph. “He embodies Brooklyn and the Ft. Greene/Clinton Hills neighborhoods – reflecting the sports and hip hop cultures that are prevalent there. The Brooklyn Defender uses his athleticism and artistic prowess to defend beer and all those who stand behind it!”
“With New York celebrating the 10th Edition of New York Comic Con, the Brooklyn Defender beer and superhero is the ideal way to kick off New York Super Week,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “Brooklyn Brewery’s creation and Khary’s depiction of the modern day Brooklyn superhero brings beer and comics together perfectly and embodies what New York Super Week and New York Comic Con are meant to be.”
The Brooklyn Defender kicks off at the Brooklyn Brewery on Wednesday, September 9 from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. You can RSVP here.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.