Disney reveals lineup of Star Wars-themed beers and wines coming to Galaxy’s Edge
After a long day exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s no better place for an ice cold Gold Squadron beer or a nice glass of Imperial Guard red wine than Oga’s Cantina, the wretched hive of scum and villainy at the center of the remote outer rim spaceport.
A set of trademark patents recently filed by the Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm reveal the lineup of Star Wars-themed beers, wines and cider that will be on tap at the intimate spaceport tavern when Galaxy’s Edge debuts at the Anaheim theme park.
Oga’s beer lineup will include a White Wampa wheat, Bad Motivator IPA, Gold Squadron lager and a pair of scary-sounding ales. The wine list will feature an Andoan white, Toniray teal and a pair of fierce reds.
Oga’s Cantina will be located at the center of Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre themed lands coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
The cantina favored by space creatures, bounty hunters and starship pilots will be run by Oga Garra, a local crime boss who controls the underworld in Black Spire Outpost, according to the backstory created for the cocktail bar.
“The locals all know her,” Walt Disney Imagineering creative producer Brian Loo said. “They all fear her. They have legends all about her. Some have seen her, some haven’t. But everyone knows that you don’t cross her, otherwise you may never be seen again.”
The backstory for Galaxy’s Edge intertwines Star Wars stories from the movie franchise, novels, comic books and video games. At Oga’s Cantina, the Star Wars storytelling even extends to the alcoholic beverage lineup. Each of the beers, wines and cider in the cantina will have a thematic connection to the galaxy far, far away.
White Wampa Ale
The White Wampa Ale served in Oga’s Cantina will be a wheat beer, said Disney World food and beverage concept development director Brian Koziol.
A furry abominable snowman-like Wampa attacked Luke Skywalker on the Star Wars planet of Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Wampas show up in several places throughout Galaxy’s Edge. A 12-foot-tall taxidermied version of the beast lurks among the souvenir spoils in the upper balcony of Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities shop. Kids can pick up a wailing Wampa interactive toy in the Creature Stall alien pet store.
Gold Squadron Lager
The lager served in Oga’s Cantina will have fruit tones, Koziol said.
The Gold Squadron lager takes its name from the rebel starfighter squadron first seen in the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie.
Gamorrean Ale & Trandoshan Ale
The two ales on tap in the Black Spire tavern take their Star Wars origin stories from scary-looking alien beasts.
The intimidating boar-like Gamorreans with large snouts and upturned tusks were used as palace guards by Jabba the Hutt and other underworld kingpins.
The reptilian Trandoshans with scaly skin and long arms were known as fierce warriors.
Bad Motivator IPA
The Bad Motivator IPA will be a hop-forward style beer with fruit tones and exotic hops, according to Koziol.
The India Pale Ale coming to Oga’s Cantina takes its name from R5-D4, the red droid with a bad motivator that Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen almost purchases on Tatooine.
Disney’s culinary team offered tastes of the Bad Motivator IPA during a media event at Disneyland in February. The hoppy beer had hints of citrus with a deep gold color.
The Bad Motivator IPA was not among the trademarked names filed by Disney and Lucasfilm.
The Galaxy’s Edge cantinas in California and Florida will have the same beer lineup, Koziol said.
Each of the five beers served in Oga’s Cantina will come from a different brewery, according to Paste Magazine.
The Toniray wine poured in Oga’s Cantina will have a teal color with citrus and orchard fruit flavors, Koziol said.
According to Star Wars lore, Toniray is a teal-colored bubbly wine served chilled in a slim flute. Toniray was produced on the planet of Alderaan, which was destroyed by the Death Star in the original 1977 film.
Andoan white wine
The white wine served in Oga’s Cantina comes from the Star Wars planet of Ando, home to the Aqualish alien species. The semi-aquatic Aqualish have large eyes, curved tusks and whiskery manes on their necks.
Imagineering and Lucasfilm have been seeding Star Wars movies, novels and comic books with references to Batuu, Black Spire Outpost and Oga’s Cantina. A passage in “Thrawn: Alliances,” a new Star Wars book by Timothy Zahn, finds Padme Amidala walking into a Black Spire cantina where she orders a drink.
“We know what Padme ordered at the cantina,” Imagineering managing story editor Margaret Kerrison said. “And guess what, that Andoan white wine is also served in our cantina.”
Imperial Guard & Corellian Red wines
The two red varietals on the wine list at Oga’s Cantina will both have thematic connections to the darker side of the Force.
The Imperial Guard red wine will be a robust Cabernet Sauvignon, according to Koziol. Clad in red robes and masked helmets, the elite Imperial Guard unit serves as bodyguards to the Galactic Emperor.
The Corellian Red wine pays tribute to the Star Wars planet of Corellia, home to the shipyards used to build TIE fighters and Star Destroyers for the Galactic Empire.
The wines served in Oga’s Cantina will be from California’s Sonoma region, Koziol said.
Spice Runner hard cider
Spice Runner will be a gluten-free cider with a dark red color, Koziol said.
Spice was an illicit substance mined on the Star Wars planet of Kessel by Wookiee slaves and transported by smugglers along a dangerous hyperspace route. Han Solo famously “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs” aboard the Millennium Falcon.
In addition to beer, wine and cider, Oga’s will also serve a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic “potations” cocktails.
Oga’s Cantina will be the first location to serve alcohol to the general public at Disneyland in the theme park’s 64-year history. The private Club 33 in New Orleans Square serves alcohol to well-heeled visitors who pay a lofty annual fee to maintain their membership.
Oga’s Cantina will take walk-in guests only. There will be no reservations. Alcohol won’t be allowed outside the bar in Galaxy’s Edge or Disneyland. Some drinks will be served in collectible novelty glasses.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuts on May 31 at Disneyland.