For this month’s boo, uh, brew review, I thought it utterly appropriate to pair a few Halloween-themed beers with a corresponding classic horror movie. Since it’s always been my ritual to spend every single day in October watching classic horror movies, I bring you the following and apologize for all the dumb puns in advance.
Shipyard: Pumpkinhead Ale
In this review, this is the only Maine beer featured and it is eagerly anticipated every September by those who love its pumpkin taste with promises of cardamom, nutmeg and clove. Lately, bartenders are trying to tinker with too much with it by including cinnamon or sugar on the rim. However, it pairs well with Pumpkinhead, the 1988 supernatural movie with a cult following that features a legendary monster who avenges anyone who was wronged. Try to stop Pumpkinhead and you become the next victim. Try to stop bartenders from putting cinnamon on the rim of your glass or your pint becomes the next victim.
Reaper Ale: Deathly Pale Ale
The fact that I get to write about beer and Johnny Depp in one sentence makes me want to do cartwheels. This beer has a very pleasing dry hop taste, which pairs nicely with Tim Burton’s classic retelling of Sleepy Hollow. It’s the reaper’s job (in this case the Headless Horseman) to collect heads and the head on this pleasing beer with its complex blend of citric fruitiness and floral overtones disappears quite nicely.
Rogue: Dead Guy Ale
A deep honey color and a rich hearty flavor pairs well with Shaun of The Dead’s apocalyptic uprising of zombies. In the movie, Shaun’s best deadbeat (ha!) friend is Ed, a couch-squatting tub who smokes pot, plays video games all day and drinks a lot of beer. In fact, much of the plot revolves around taking refuge in a pub. My kind of horror movie. You can just imagine Ed at the end of the movie (who is now a zombie) sitting on the couch playing video games as he takes a sip of this ale and groan, “GRAIIIIIIIIIIINNNS.”
This month’s Brew Review takes us away from the World of Craft beer and back into the kind of good-old fashioned Americun workin’ class beers that have gotten our nation through tough-economy times. I’m talking Café Miranda’s White Trash Selection, which you can drink by the can or the pitcher. As for cost you can’t beat it: the motto is: “two fifty pretty nifty — two and a half don't laugh.”
Narragansett: The local favorite of all the old folks around here affectionately known back in the day as “the ‘Gansett” or “Nastygansett” has apparently dubbed itself “the Official Beer of the Clam.” Question: When did bi-valves get a vote on this? What about the mollusks’ rights? One sip of this crystal clear workin’ brew with its golden straw color and tinge of malt notes and you’ll be transported back to the shrubs behind the high school in 1985 all over again.
Colt 45: The real star of the joint is the 40-ounce Colt 45 sold in a paper bag, which is really slumming it in terms of White Trash Selection as anybody who has gagged down this malt liquor can attest. According to 40ouncebeer.com you’ve got to “throw it in the freezer for 30 minutes then drink it quick, because once it starts getting warm it tastes like Chewbacca's ass.”
Genesee Cream Ale: Your dad’s “Genny Cream Ale” was cool before you knew what cool was, you room-temp PBR swilling hipsters. With its, light hop and easy drinkability, this was the brew your dad drank in 1978 kicking back on his Charlie Brown striped sofa in piped gym shorts and tube socks, not because he was trying to impress some chick with his “ironical” beer, but because a six-pack cost $1.49*
*Inspired by the blog http://dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com
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