For those disgruntled by the early arrival of pumpkin beer in stores—which, apparently, many of you are because, really, it's 80-degrees outside and you're still sunburnt—may you take solace in the fact that superheroes are non-seasonal. They're perennial. It's one of their most crucial powers. To tie in with the East Coast's annual celebration of them at New York Comic Con next month, Brooklyn Brewery has unveiled a limited-edition batch of Brooklyn Defender, an American Black Ale with "a dark malt visage that creeps out of the shadows and a powerful hoppy strike to finish his opponents," all in the name of protecting the city from the scourge of bland beers. Very gentlemen-like, when it's not getting you at least sorta drunk.
With last year's character being all goody two-shoes, logo designer Milton Glaser and comic book artist Cliff Chiang incorporated a distinct noir streak into their design, hinting at the brew's darker notes. "A beer is almost like a story-telling experience," brewmaster Garrett Oliver explains. "It has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and it's supposed to be interesting throughout." Coincidentally, this theory can also be applied to your experience with the costumed masses at Comic Con.