If, like most of America, your local Blockbuster Video has been closed for years, then you might’ve forgotten the fondness of heading over on a Friday night and walking down the aisles for what felt like an eternity, trying to pick out that perfect film for your weekend. Hell, many of you reading this might not have ever had the chance to even step foot in a Blockbuster. Believe it or not, one of the chain video store locations still exists in the United States and it’s located in Oregon, though who knows for how much longer?
To celebrate the lone video store, a 1990s staple that was directly responsible for launching the careers of filmmakers like Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, a new beer has hit the market, brewed in collaboration with that last remaining Blockbuster Video in Bend. Called The Last Blockbuster, the beer itself is made by 10 Barrel Brewing, a local Oregeon-based company (which was bought by Anheuser-Busch back in 2014) with six brewpub locations including three in Oregon, one in Boise, Idaho, one in Denver and one in Sand Diego. The beer will be released on Sept. 21 with a huge party at, where else, the last Blockbuster! But what exactly is this brew honoring our favorite video store chain?
The last Blockbuster store in America is right here in Bend, and we were lucky enough to brew an extremely special beer with them. We promise each sip will deliver you back to a time when cracking open that blue and white VHS case was the sound of an epic Saturday evening. To celebrate the beer release, we are throwing a block party at… You guessed it. Blockbuster! Grab some popcorn and head to our Facebook for party details. #bekindrewind and #drinkbeer 🍿 🍻
It’s listed as a S1nist0r Black Ale, a beer that 10 barrel has actually produced in the past. While we don’t know all of the specifics at this time, the previous iteration was a 5.7 percent alcohol by volume effort that was available year-round. Listed as a schwarzbier, which is a traditionally German-style beer with roasted malts, this Black Ale features “nuances of red licorice” that help give it a black color and a dark-cocoa flavor. According to 10 Barrel, The Last Blockbuster “pairs perfectly with buttery theater popcorn and your favorite movie-sized chocolate with a light body, smooth finish, and hints of nostalgia.”
No word yet on how wide the release of this beer will be, but we’re betting you’ll have to hunt a little to find it. But if you do, break out an old Terminator 2: Judgement Day VHS and live like it’s 1991 – just don’t forget to be kind and rewind when you’re all finished.