The Bend, Oregon Blockbuster, the last rental store of its kind in America, now has its own commemorative beer, courtesy of 10 Barrel Brewing.
As reported by The Takeout, 10 Barrel, also of Bend, Oregon, has collaborated with the store on the brew, a black ale fittingly titled The Last Blockbuster. The beer will makes it debut on Sept. 21, with a release party at the Bend Blockbuster location. The Last Blockbuster ale will also be available at 10 Barrel’s six brewpubs -- two in Bend and one in Portland, Oregon, as well as Denver, Boise and San Diego -- for a limited time.
The beer is labeled as a “S1nist0r black ale with nuances of red licorice,” with S1nist0r being the name of a schwarzbier -- a dark, German-style brew with roasted malts and a cocoa flavor -- that 10 Barrel has previously brewed. A press release from the brewery states that The Last Blockbuster “pairs perfectly with buttery theater popcorn and your favorite movie-sized chocolate with a light body, smooth finish and hints of nostalgia.”
It was announced in July that the last two Blockbusters in Alaska would be closing their doors, leaving only the Bend, Oregon Blockbuster to carry on the famed rental chain’s legacy. Blockbuster declared bankruptcy in 2011 and closed most of their corporate stores shortly thereafter.