Beer + Arcade = Beercade: The Last Barfighter

The Last Barfighter

Arcades are a dying breed, but for those that spent more than a few quarters and more than a few hours of their youth to master the classics, it’s comforting to know that bars across the country are still doing their best to keep a handful of the machines alive.

That said, there’s still some signs of life in the arcade industry, as Owen Tingle and Adam Carroll of Durham, North Carolina-based marketing agency McKinney have shown with their latest project, which adds beer to the classic arcade formula to create the Beercade, an arcade machine that dispenses beer to the winner.

According to Tingle, “I grew up playing video games, and I remember stacking quarters at the old arcades waiting in line to show off my virtual fighting skills. And I think it’s a nostalgic experience a lot of people identify with. I’ve also grown to appreciate the craft and skill it takes to make good-tasting beer. So to combine these two passions into a unique experience other people can enjoy was just awesome.”

The game is called “The Last Barfighter”, and it plays like an old Street Fighter game, but with newer graphics and updated moves like fire throwing, unicorn horn impaling, and butt slaps. It’s winner take all, and in this case, the winner gets a fresh beer poured out of the place where the coin slots would normally go.

The Last Barfighter Taps

Since they’re based out of the North Carolina area, they contacted Big Boss Brewing out of Raleigh, North Carolina to see if they’d be interested in putting the arcade cabinet to good use. Of course the answer was yes, so now each of the characters in The Last Barfighter is named after one of Big Boss Brewing’s five year-round brews: Hell’s Belle, Bad Penny, Angry Angel, Blanco Diablo, and High Roller.

For now the plan is feature The Last Barfighter at local events, but given the reception is has received so far, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them offer the idea to other breweries that want to bring some of that classic arcade action into their own taprooms and tasting events.

Big Boss Brewing – The Last Barfighter

Loop Bottle Opener by Oscar Diaz

Loop Bottle Opener

The Loop Bottle Opener by designer Oscar Diaz adds some class to the traditional bottle opener.

In addition to its good looks, the Loop is cast in Milwaukee, WI, with a design, “equally informed by its end use, the rugged material and the manufacturing process”.

The rough finish not only looks great, but ensures that your Loop will last for as long as you do.

[Field – Loop Bottle Opener]

Rogue Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale

Rogue Voodoo Donut Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale

Rogue Ales’ first Voodoo Donuts collaboration, called Bacon Maple Ale, was met with… mixed reviews.

Their new collaboration however, called Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale, sounds like it has some potential, as it aims to match Voodoo’s Memphis Mafia donut.

If you’d like to try to make your own, Rogue is using 2-Row, C-150, C-175, Carafoam Special II, and Chocolate Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution and Independent Hops; Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana extract; Pacman Yeast, and Free Range Coastal Water.

For those who just want to pick up a bottle and give it a try, this beer should be hitting store shelves soon, so keep an eye out for this donut inspired concoction.

[Rogue – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale]

Bottle Openers by J. L. Lawson & Co.

The Rack by J. L. Lawson & Co.

J. L. Lawson & Co. is a third-generation machine shop out of Joshua Tree, CA, that specializes in high quality stainless steel, steel, and brass goods including rings, spinning tops, belt buckles, and bottle openers.

I recently purchased a belt from J. L. Lawson & Co., so I can attest to the quality, and you can get a feel for the craftsmanship by checking out this video, which shows the process they go through to make a single copy of The Rack, a cold rolled steel bottle opener & key rack:

If you’re looking for a bottle opener that will last a lifetime, then check out J. L. Lawson & Co., because it doesn’t get much better than a tool that was hand made by a single craftsman, right here in the US of A.

[J. L. Lawson & Co.]