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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

International Beer Day is August 5th

If #IPADay doesn’t fit into your schedule, or if you’re just looking to celebrate back-to-back beer days, then get ready for International Beer Day, which takes place on August 5th.

International Beer Day

International Beer Day was founded in 2007, and takes place in pubs, clubs, bars, breweries, beer gardens and back yards all over the world, giving makers, lovers and sellers of beer another reason to raise a glass.

According to the founders of International Beer Day, the purpose is threefold:

  • To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
  • To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
  • To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.

In addition to offline events, which are intended to celebrate the establishments who produce beer, sell beer and give folks a place to enjoy beer, you can also show your support online by RSVPing to the very popular International Beer Day Event on Facebook, or by tagging everything on August 5th with #IntlBeerDay

#IPADay Arrives On August 4th

#IPADay

Tomorrow is International #IPADay, a new ‘holiday’ that aims to be the world’s largest celebration of craft beer.

According to @AshleyRoutson (aka The Beer Wench) and @RyanARoss, the creators of #IPADay:

International #IPADay is a grassroots movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide, using social media as the common arena for connecting the conversation together.

On Thursday August 4th, craft beer drinkers across the social sphere and across the globe will raise pints in a collective toast to one of craft beer’s most iconic styles: the India Pale Ale. This celebrated style represents the pinnacle of brewing innovation with its broad spectrum of diverse brands, subcategories, and regional flavor variations – making it the perfect style to galvanize the craft beer’s social voice.

To take part in #IPADay, just share your photos, videos, blog posts, tasting notes, recipes and thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WordPress, Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp or any other social media platform that you use. You should tag any and all things that you share with the hashtag #IPADay, and you can search for that hashtag to see what others are saying as well. (Give it a try at search.twitter.com)

In addition to the digital celebration, there are many ‘real-life’ #IPADay events that are taking place all across the country at breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, bars, homes and offices. For a list of local events, just visit This Page on RateBeer.com

The ultimate goal of #IPADay is to make craft beer more accessible to the masses, so be sure to encourage your non-beer drinking friends to break from their normal beverage routine and join you in the celebration by enjoying an IPA on August 4th. You certainly won’t be alone!

[#IPADay]

Beer Bottle Lights

Trent Cody takes empty beer bottles and turns them into chandeliers, sconces and bar lights that are perfect for your beer themed home or business.

Beer Bottle Light

The lights, which arrive empty so that you can decorate them with bottles of your choosing, are available in styles ranging from a ten bottle light pendant all the way up to a two-tier pool table chandelier, and everything in between.

Plus, if you don’t see what you want, you can just contact Trent and he’ll design a custom light to the specs of your choosing.

[Barlite.com]