In just a few short days, we’ll all get to return to a galaxy far, far away.
In the meantime, a few local dining establishments and other venues are celebrating “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which blasts into theaters this week, with themed drinks, screenings of the past “Star Wars” films — and even an art exhibit. Here’s where you can go for some out-of-this-world fun.
The Round Rock theater and brewery is once again introducing themed “Star Wars” beers, including a hazy IPA that lead brewer Carlo Garcia has become known for making. Flix had released four “Spaceballs”-themed beers in 2015, tied to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
This year, starting on Dec. 14, Flix is tapping a trio of “Star Wars” suds: the Blaster Brown Ale, with notes of toffee and raisin; the First Order Peppermint Porter, with a backbone of chocolate; and the Blue Milk Blueberry Milkshake IPA. The first two beers will go on draft on the 14th, while the latter hits the tap wall on Dec. 15.
Blue Milk is a fairly obscure reference from “A New Hope,” the movie that started the franchise in 1977. Also known as bantha milk, the blue-colored liquid is rich in flavor and used to make ice cream, butter and yogurt. Though not actually blue in appearance, the Blue Milk brew at Flix will also be very tasty. It was made with more than 50 pounds of blueberry puree.
“We've been seeing some successes at Flix over the past 9 months with Carlo's hazy IPAs (I know, it feels like everyone's trying them, we hope we're considered near the top of the pile when it comes to the style around here),” Flix’s director of sales and marketing, Greg Johnson, said via email. “So we're building on that success... It's going to be a fruity, full-bodied hazy beer that we are really looking forward to.”
The blueberries actually gave the beer a pretty pink hue, not blue. Nonetheless, it’s probably going to be pretty popular, especially for fans going to see “The Last Jedi” the first official day it’s on the big screen. Buy your movie tickets at flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock.
The Neapolitan-style pizzeria, a Dallas import, is apparently run by a bunch of “Star Wars” obsessives, to our benefit. On Dec. 15, the staff will be decked out in “Star Wars” T-shirts, the restaurant will host a marathon of the past films, and there will be themed beer, pizza and cocktails to boot.
On tap that day is Dallas brewery Noble Rey Brewing’s Yub-Nub Imperial Sweet Stout, made with coffee and caramel and named after a John Williams song that accompanies the Ewok celebration with the Rebel Alliance following the destruction of the Death Star in “Return of the Jedi.”
Cane Rosso will also have a couple of themed cocktails and a special C-3PO pizza featuring 3 cheeses of mozzarella, provolone and goat. The $9 cocktails are called the Red 5 (with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, Aperol, simple syrup and lime juice) and Cloud City (with Old Forester Bourbon, Rothman & Winter Pear Liqueur, Aliseo Blood Orange Juice, lemon juice and simple syrup) — both names also “Star Wars” references.
Cow Tipping Creamery
Once you’ve had the C-3PO pizza and Red 5 cocktail at the South Lamar pizzeria, head next door to this ice cream shop for a sweet treat only available from Dec. 15-17. The Death Star by Chocolate has black ash soft-serve, brown sugar hot fudge, triple fudge brownie chunks, cocoa cookie crumbs and is topped with a Death Star cookie.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Star Bar loves “Star Wars.”
The West Sixth bar is hosting a celebration on Dec. 12 that will offer the chance for you to win tickets to see “The Last Jedi” in 3D. The party will have a Darth Vader piñata and have beers from Sierra Nevada, Victory Brewing and Great Divide Brewing, including the seasonal Chai Yeti. The drawing for tickets will be held at 10 p.m., and the winner must be present. “Star Wars” costumes, as always, are encouraged.
Art on 5th
The new, well-timed exhibit “The Fine Art of Star Wars” features pieces related to the blockbuster “Star Wars” franchise, with original canvas works, limited-edition giclees, vintage film posters and other collectibles that any fan would salivate to see. An RSVP is required to attend. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 7 at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.