A few days from now, in a city far far away (San Clemente), the beer flowing through Pizza Port’s beer taps will be pumped full of sweet-sweet Jedi juice and the pizzeria-pub will transform into a mock Mos Eisley Cantina. For the seventh year in a row, the 15-year-old Pizza Port is back with “It’s a Tap!” Star Wars day, complete with a special intergalactic beer menu worthy of a Darth Vader feeding tube . . . seriously, how does Vader even drink ales? No wonder he’s crabby.
From previous years, most guests tend to wear Star Wars T-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops, but don’t be surprised to see some Halloween costumes get dragged out for the event. Occasionally a truly great cosplayer comes out of the woodwork, like a Princess Amidala of the Nabooze, Darth Malt, or even Han Solo Cup.
For the ultra-fans, trivia is always fun and full of beery prizes, and the Wookiee impersonation contest is always hilarious.
In the past, featured beers included: Nerf Herder English mild/brown ale, Boba Fett IPA, Red Leader Rebel Red, May the Port Be With You Imperial Porter, General Grievous Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter, Bantha Poodoo Scotch ale/wee heavy, Luke Sky Guy Pale Ale, Where’s My Light Saber, Irish stout, Delusions Of Grandeur IPA, “I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This,” American imperial stout with habaneros on cask, Dark Forces Baltic porter, and Hop Vader black IPA.
Don’t come solo, not even you—Han.
The Seventh Annual Star Wars It’s a Tap! is at Pizza Port, 301 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Greg Nagel has been writing about beer since 2011, is an avid homebrewer of wine, cider, and beer, is a certified Cicerone Beer Server, a podcaster with the Four Brewers Show, and runs a yearly beer festival called Firkfest.