Screw those Commie pantywaists Lenin and Trotsky: the Czars of the Russian Empire demanded imperial beers—full-bodied bruisers with enough alcohol to fuel world domination. We say bring ‘em on!
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
With more than 9% alcohol, Gonzo is possibly most tweaked and twisted porter ever unleashed on an unsuspecting public—a fitting tribute to Hunter S. Thompson, with another off-the-wall label by Ralph Steadman. Big, gnarly flavors of raw meat, smoke and wretched excess.
Deschutes Brewery The Abyss
Aged in French oak casks and bourbon barrels since March of last year, this imperial stout will send you on a descent into depths of flavor you never thought possible. Remember the crater of Snaeffelsjökull from Journey to the Center of the Earth? This beer is deeper. And the wax-dipped bottle is a classy touch.
Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout
Named after piper Ryan Sullivan, this California-brewed behemoth sports one of the scariest heads in beerdom—a lofty capper of bubbling brown that foams like a rabid Corgi, with an aroma that’s enough to get you high all on its own. Drink moderately, even if you’re Irish.
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
In spite of its almost unctuous mouthfeel and its elevated alcohol level (8.8 percent), this kamikaze of a beer remains pilsner-fresh in the mouth and never cloys as it claims one more victim for the Rising Sun. Created by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and perfect with all that weird, rubbery Japanese food. Brewed by Rogue.
Rogue Imperial Red
Brand spanking new and ready to romp, Rogue’s new Imperial ale is being trucked out of Newport, Oregon, as you read these very words. Get your hands on some ASAP. Like all other Rogue brews, it’s fresh, fired up and loaded for bear.
Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
My first “discovery beer” of 2008: a massively malty brew from Pennsylvania that’s stoked with an equally massive dose of hops. Its baritone notes serenade the palate (Josh Groban after a testosterone injection?) while the considerable alcohol swaddles the soul. I love the taste of Storm King Imperial Stout in the morning . . . tastes like Victory.
Amstel and Arnie
The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard celebrates its 30th annual tournament March 10–16 at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida. This invitational is one of the golfing world’s signature events and a highlight of the PGA Tour, attracting some of the greatest talents in golf. And, of course, the entire event is overseen and directed by one of the game’s all-time legends—Arnold Palmer.
This year, for the first time, Amstel Light will be the official beer sponsor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, as part of a sponsorship agreement between the tournament management and importer Heineken USA. “Amstel Light has been the official beer sponsor of the PGA of America for the past seven years,” notes Kheri Holland Tillman, VP of Marketing, Amstel Light, “and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship to include this prestigious PGA Tour event.”
Founded in 1870, Amstel had become Amsterdam’s largest lager brewery by 1886. Nearly a century later, in 1982, Amstel Light was born—destined straight for the calorie-conscious U.S. market. It’s got just 3.5% alcohol and approximately 35% fewer calories than regular lager beer—ideal for golfers of any handicap, as well as for those who keep their eye on the ball from a La-Z-Boy or from behind the fairway ropes.
In addition to sponsoring this premiere sporting event, the partnership between Heineken USA and the Arnold Palmer Invitational ensures that adult fans attending the tournament will be able to quaff down other Heineken products as well, including Heineken Lager and Heineken Premium Light.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, including the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, both in Orlando. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.arnoldpalmerinvitational.com.