Forewarning, I will probably be making many Matrix references and puns… You’ve been warned. Now, if The Matrix was beer, I am not sure what beer it would be, but if the choice between the red pill and the blue pill were choices in beers, I think I would be able to convey those options and delicious beers pretty easily. As the first beer gets introduced, you’ll see Morpheus sitting in front of you, offering you up the decision that Neo had to make, “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
Now if you haven’t seen the movie (on the off chance you’ve been living in the falsehood of security, happiness, and the blissful ignorance of illusion), this is a very important moment in the movie. Does Neo dive into the rabbit hole, learning about the truth of his reality, or does he continue to live his life, ignorant of what is truly happening in the world?
Go ahead, take the first beer. Take a sip. Once you’ve had your fun, it’s time to make your decision. Do you follow me down the rabbit hole, or do stick with what you’re comfortable with? Whichever decision you make, the beer is delicious. Heck, you can have both of them if you wanted! What would have happened if Neo took both pills? Would he have been transformed into “the one” right then and there? Would he have destroyed the entire Matrix? Were the pills simply a metaphor, sugar pills with no real meaning? We may never know, but luckily for you, you can drink some beer while you contemplate these deep thoughts!
And Now, the Brews
|Brouwerij Alvinne | Omega | Blond Sour Ale|
|Not many breweries can say that they have their own unique yeast strain, but Alvinne can, because they do, and it’s called Morpheus yeast! (See, The Matrix!) Marc DeKeukeleire, Yeast and Hygiene Manager at the brewery in Moen, Belgium, discovered the yeast while on a trip to France. After some testing and weeding his way through a few other strains that were found with the Morpheus yeast, he designed recipes around the characteristics of Morpheus. This unique yeast strain has the ability to stand up to higher ABV beers, which is good for us all. It also results in a well-balanced souring. The initial grab of aromas brings forth sour apricot, apple, pepper, mango, and a subtle bouquet of floral vinous qualities. The flavor is fresh and fruity with complex notes of lime, mango, apricot, a bit of hop spice, and a balancing sourness. A work of art in a bottle. Now it’s time to choose, red pill or blue pill (The red pill is the next beer… the blue pill is the last beer).|
|11.2 oz. | 6% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Brouwerij Alvinne | Phi | Blond Sour Ale|
|Wise choice, you chose the red pill. You’re in luck, Morpheus is still in control and you’re on your way down the rabbit hole and your next beer. Brewed to a higher ABV, Phi is the bigger, bolder brother of Omega. Since the same yeast is used, there are many similarities to the previous beer, but with more complexity. The nose tells tails of funky aromas reminiscent of a Brettanomyces strain and a good amount of acidity. The 10% ABV is dangerously hidden behind a facade of a blend of tart, funk, and bready malts. Dry and tangy notes of green apple, lemon, and pineapple do their due diligence to keep your lips to the glass, and your tongue slick with its delicious elixir. Better grab a couple bottles to keep Morpheus and your tummy happy!|
|11.2 oz. | 10% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Kiuchi Brewery | Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout | Russian Imperial Stout|
|So you decided to play it safe, stray away from the, possibly, strange, but just how safe are you really? You’re about to find out. Hailing from the far region of Japan (still feeling safe?), Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is a base Russian Imperial Stout that has been cold matured with ground coffee beans with some additional espresso beans being added during the boil. Intense aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some dark fruits bend back your nostril hairs. Now, your nose can’t have all the fun, luckily, Kiuchi thought of that. Rich dark chocolate accompanied by a breadth of roasted coffee beans, caramel, dark cherry, and notes of vanilla come together as one to establish a thick mouthfeel and a longlasting finish. You played it safe, you rewarded, now go out and be daring… or sit on your couch and watch The Matrix with another beer. Either one is valid. Skip the third movie… It’s not worth it.|
|11.2 oz. | 7.5% ABV | 45 IBUs|