Atlanta’s Second Self Beer Company has crafted a spirited tribute to the classic video game series.
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If you didn’t already know, Nintendo’s long-running high-fantasy, action-adventure game The Legend of Zelda isn’t actually about a character named Zelda. Instead, it follows Link (and his many incarnations) on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda and her kingdom of Hyrule. Through a series of puzzles, explorations, and battles, gamers playing as the young Hylian, fighting to release the princess from the clutches of Ganon (or Ganondorf depending on his form), a dark lord and Link’s archenemy. Originally released in 1986, the game has become a quintessential part of gaming culture, nearly a right of passage for young gamers, and an endless source for pop culture references.

All of which is probably why Second Self Beer Company, an Atlanta-based independent brewery that encourages you to embrace your passions (and your side hustles), is celebrating one of history’s most beloved gaming franchises through a new, signature brew. Sharing the same name as an in-game relic, the Triforce IPA is a liquid embodiment of the set of important, divine golden triangles: power, courage, and wisdom. Described by the Georgia beer maker as “slightly hazy,” this 6.1% ABV features a triforce of malts (oats, wheat, and barley) and hops (Mosaic, Amarillo, and Cascade), as well as flavors of papaya, mango, and other tropical fruits. When combined, it forms a “unique IPA that has the hoppy aroma… with a soft, flavorful mouthfeel.”

Second Self Beer suggests pairing its new IPA with tacos, barbecue, fresh vegetables, ceviche, fromage blanc, and of course, magical potions. Triforce IPA is available on draft and in cans at the brewery taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318) and at various locations throughout Alabama and Georgia.

If you’re looking to do a little more than drink while you play (though that’s always sufficed in the past), you can get involved Second Self Beer Company’s “Triforce Quest.” The social media and bar-hopping challenge encourages you to locate items from the game for a chance to win a series of prizes. Those include a Triforce t-shirt, six pack of the brew, and even a video game night with the Second Self crew at the brewery “for you and 4 Zelda loving friends.”