Hobbit Beer Comes to Vancouver

ccbd_preciouspils_650_v2.jpg__0x400_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscaleIf you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings – with all of its Hobbits, dwarves, trolls, wizards and dragons – then this is the beer for you.

Metro Vancouver’s own Central City Brewers is unveiling a special series of Hobbit-themed beer to correspond with the Dec. 17 release of the final film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Surrey-based brewery won exclusive Canadian rights to market the special line of beer. Three varieties will be produced: Gollum Precious Pils, Smaug Stout and Bolg Belgian Tripel.  (For those not steeped in Tolkien lore, Gollum is a “small, slimy creature” who lives in a cave and covets the precious ring, Smaug is a dragon that sits on a mountain of gold and Bolg is a seriously ugly-looking leader of the Orcs, humanoid goblins.)

Based on their descriptions, the beers should be sure to please the famously hard-drinking Hobbits and dwarves, as well as discerning Vancouver tipplers:


  • Gollum Precious Pils (5-percent alcohol) is a smooth Bavarian pilsner with a slight hoppy aroma and dry finish and has been likened to “the One Ring which Gollum has spent his life pursuing.”
  • Smaug Stout (9.5-percent alcohol) is a Russian imperial stout  “with a subtle hint of Habanero chilies to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting” in the dragon’s lair deep inside Lonely Mountain.
  • Bolg Belgian Tripel (8-percent) is a flavourful, strong ale and the “grog of choice” for the gruesome Orc chieftan.

Central City began working on the unique project with Warner Brothers, makers of the Lord of the Rings movies, in August, after discovering that its American partner, Washington’s Fish Brewing, had secured the rights to distribute the beer in the U.S. Nor is this the first movie-themed beer to hit the market. Last year, Game of Thrones began licensing its brand for brewers, as well.

dragonCentral City’s three Hobbit-themed beers will be available in 650-millilitre bottles starting in December.  8,000 cases will be distributed to liquor stores throughout Western and Atlantic Canada and other parts of Middle Earth.

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