If you’ve ever put quarters down to reserve a turn on the Donkey Kong machine, made Gretzky bleed in your dorm room, or done the Carlton Dance in Fortnite, you need to cancel whatever plans you’ve made and check out The Science Museum of Minnesota’s Game Changers exhibit. It follows the evolution of gaming from the 1970s through the present day, with game designer interviews, concept art, and over 100 playable games.
Surly is pleased to be a part of Game Changers by collaborating with the Science Museum on Warp Zone Pilsner, a crisp, classic, and crushable beer you can purchase (in package only) at the Science Museum and throughout the Twin Cities starting the week of March 18.
Warp Zone is sold in four-packs of 16 oz. cans, with each one paying homage to a different era in video game design:
ERA 1: IN THE BEGINNING. Black-and-white graphics. Machines roughly the size and color of The Obelisk in 2001: A Space Odyssey. “You have died of dysentery.” Pong. A pile of E.T. games buried in the desert. From the perspective of 2019, the jankiest, most primitive things ever. It was awesome.
ERA 2: THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN. Much of Netflix’s Stranger Things is pretty far out (the Demagorgon, the Upside-Down, Winona Ryder getting that much time off and an advance on her paycheck from the store), but the Season 2 arcade scenes were bang on. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, and countless other games, with players putting their quarters on the machine to get the next shot at the high score. The only question: Use your real initials, or A-S-S?
ERA 3: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HAND. If your entire office and entertainment library can fit in your pocket, so can your video games. Temple Run, Candy Crush, or even a new-school version of old-school Tetris. You can allegedly use it to make phone calls, too, but honestly who has the time?
ERA 4: ENTER THE MATRIX. Hyper-real games, played online against your new best friends/a 14-year-old latchkey kid who absolutely wrecks you. The generation that grew up on Ms. Pac-Man may shake its head, but the Carlton Dance in Fortnite is the rough equivalent of the cartoon intermission where the stork drops off her and Pac-Man’s baby.
Other relevant info:
- 5.0% ABV
- Spalt Select hops
- Low bitterness
- Easy-drinking with a light gold body and a pop of floral hop aroma
- This can run is limited!
Ready, player one?