Anarchist Amber Ale & DMZ

Author: Colin Enquist

Date: June 18th, 2015

AnarchistDMZWhen Cannery Brewing's Anarchist Amber Ale hit the shelves in Winnipeg I knew instantly it was made for a book pairing in a futuristic dystopia or book set during a revolution. In the last decade we've seen an increase of books in those settings. With technology changing faster than ever and cultural changes being felt within the younger generations, the backdrop for a story to examine these ideas is perfect for either of these settings.

Enter DMZ, the comic book series by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. Set during the Second Civil War, the book takes a stark look at Middle America and imagines how they would handle leading an uprising, but from the perspective of a photojournalist. Wood writes fantastic dialogue and is backed by Burchielli's muddy artwork, which forms a dreary framework for a demilitarized zone.


"With overseas wars bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the United States. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, sparking a second American civil war, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand - Manhattan. Or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.

Matty Roth, a naive aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war correspondent into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he's only seen on television.

There, he is faced with a choice: try to find a way off the island, or make his career with an assignment most journalists would kill for. But can he survive in this savage war zone long enough to report the truth?"

The pairing is pretty simple: if Matty Roth, or another character from the Free States of America or United States of America were to drink a beer, while maybe discussing a truce, or finding that rare moment to relax, they would be drinking Cannery's Anarchist Amber Ale.

The good news is that the story has 12 volumes, meaning you could easily buy a case and enjoy one with each book. Plus it's been around for almost a decade itself so you can probably find the volumes at your local library.