First of all, a brief but necessary confession; I’m no beer connoisseur. This is due in no small part to the fact that I have only been able to legally obtain said beverage for a little over a month. It is also due to the fact that, being the pretentious white liberal that I am, I much prefer a few glasses of wine.
Nonetheless, I can appreciate a good brew every now and then, and I can certainly appreciate the desire to match one’s eating and drinking choices to the movie one is watching””I am, after all, the guy who forced my mother to keep “Star Wars” cookbooks around the house. So, in an attempt to aid those who enjoy both a good beer and a good movie, here are some films that go rather well with your beverage of choice.
1)Lone Star“”Directed by the eternally underrated John Sayles, this one stars a staggeringly young Matthew McCounaghey as a sheriff attempting to solve the death of his predecessors. It is the rare hybrid movie (mystery-romance) that handles both its genres equally well. It is set in a sweltering Texas town, and Sayles makes the Texan landscape and climate so palpable that you will want to crack open a Coors Light.
2) Inglourious Basterds“”Is this is a ham-handed attempt to get one of my favorite filmmakers onto this list? Kind of. But not only is this Jews vs. Nazis revenge flick one of Quentin Tarantino’s strongest pieces of work, it is also a picture with a real love for beer. In a brilliantly executed sequence set wholly in a German tavern, Tarantino lets us sit in on a rowdy drinking game, and makes sure to put in plenty of shots of foamy, lovingly poured beer. Of course, the scene soon erupts into violence, but the brew-heavy build up will likely make you thirsty.
3) Animal House“”Because this film is a fictionalized version of my life. Okay, not at all. But this is THE college film, and so it is not the least bit surprising that it cries out to be viewed with a good beer.
4) Almost Famous“”Classic rock and beer go together, at least in my mind. This is, without question, the best film ever made about classic rock scene, so the connection is obvious. Plus, there’s an absolutely epic Elton John sing-along. What’s not to like?
5) The Room“”On the other hand, there is a lot not to like about this “film”. I am not entirely sure it even counts as a movie. Directed by foreigner and reigning Creepiest Man Alive Tommy Wiseau, this steamy, shoddily scripted drama is often considered the movie ever made. If you find yourself near it, having some alcohol handy is probably not a bad idea. Having spoons handy is also a good idea, for reasons I do not have time to explain.
So, there you have it. Drink responsibly. And watch as many movies as you can.