Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Top-25 Beer Drinkin' Movies of All-Time

There was a gigantic panel of 1, albeit an experienced one, that came up with this top 25. Many films missed the list for various reasons. Some were left off because they just stink("Beer(1978)" and "Beer League"). Others because they were about other alcoholic beverages with little beer quotient("Arthur", "Cocktail/close!", "Tree's Lounge"). The list is heavy on movies of the last 3-4 decades, and for good reason. Beer, once a taboo subject for filmmakers, gained 'steam' in the 80's with the party/boob comedies of the era. The '70s broke the ice, but the '80s put beer front and center.

Great beer scenes, beer plots, a reverence for beer, and overall quality played a factor in these rankings. The movies must have been enjoyable( I think?) and even more enjoyable to drink along.

So, without further ado, let's look at the Top-25 Beer Drinking Movies of All-Time.

let's start with a just missed(in no particular order):PCU, Fraternity Vacation, Cocktail, Hot Dog:The Movie, The Hangover, Project X, Bachelor Party, Diggstown

25. Bachelor Party 2:The Last Temptation
Not a terrible effort for a sequel that was produced decades later with different actors. This film has a little more focus on the suds with characters and extras than the original did. I'm not saying it's a better movie, because it's not.  Movie Rating 5.5/10 Beer Rating 8/10 Trailer:

24. Office Space
Fantastic comedy isn't all that beer heavy, but there's more there than you might remember. Love the Molson Ice! Plus, the whole anti-establishment vibe is perfect for relaxing with a beer. Movie Rating 10/10 Beer Rating 3/10 Scene:

23. Smokey and the Bandit
The entire plot is centered around the transportation of beer. A young, hot Sally Field, and a black legendary Firebird also help the cause. Movie Rating 7/10 Beer Ratings 4/10 Scene:

22. A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Lots of beer, loads of sex and nice New England Summers.
Movie Rating 6/10 Beer Rating 4/10 Trailer:

21. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
75% of the film is shot in a pub. It's a fun little movie to enjoy with a pint.
Movie Rating 6/10 Beer Rating 4/10 Trailer:

20. 22 Jump Street
SUre, the hazing scene is probably what catipulted this average at best flick onto the list, but it's a great scene. Movie Rating 5/10 Beer Rating 6.5/10 Trailer:

19. Drinking Buddies
Not as light-hearted or funny as some of the other entries, but it's better that most movies who's entire plot is centered around the subject of beer. Movie Rating 5/10 Beer Rating 7/10 Trailer:

18. Slap Shot
I left Goon off the list because it didn't have quite as much beer drinking as Slap Shot. Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 3/10 Scene:

17. Spring Break
Wet-T-shirts, Beer-Chugging, etc. Not the best movie, but it's still loads of fun with beer.
Movie Rating 4/10 Beer Rating 8/10 Clip:

16. 21 and Over
Miles Teller is very funny in this one. This flick is not only heavy on the drinking theme, but it's also a fantastic drinking-game flick - take a swig every time they mention the name "Jeff Chang". Good luck.
Movie Rating 6.5/10 Beer Rating 6/10 Scene:

15.I Love You Man
One great scene catapulted this comedy onto the list. Movie Rating 6/10 Beer Rating 7/10 Trailer:

14. Every Which Way But Loose
The beer quotient on this little late-70's flick is MUCH higher than you would imagine. Some fighting, an orangutan, and a surly beer carrying Clint. There is a beer in the screen for nearly half the film.
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13. Old School
It isn't quite as heavy on the beer drinking as it appears, but it IS a funny/good movie and that helps its' rating a bit here. Blue! Movie Rating 7/10 Beer Rating 6/10 Scene:

12. Bad New Bears
Walter Mathau carries a beer through 90 minutes of the movie, and a good movie at that. Movie Rating 7/10 Beer Rating 7/10 Scene:

11. Dazed and Confused
Any movie that fills the trunk of a 70's hot-rod with beer is just fine with me. At first glance it appears to be more about another drug, but the beer is all over this funny film. One of many themes of "the search for beer" on the list. Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 7/10 Scene:

Here's a great little film from over the pond with easily the best beer plot of the lot. Pub-goers must stay drunk to stay unappealing to the flesh eating monsters that have invaded their seaport town.
Movie Rating 6/10 Beer Rating 9/10 Trailer:

9. Revenge of the Nerds
The beer-tri-cycle race is perhaps the greatest scene in the history of film. A belching contest. Beer-chugging on the horse-keg. This deserves a top-ten spot. Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 8.5/10 Scene:

8. Superbad
This film moves-up the list based on the sheer effort involved in scoring some beer underage. It captures the essence of that plight and the reward is just as fullfilling. Funny movie. Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 8.5/10 Scene:

7. Animal House
The quentessential party film? Certainly the first great one.
Movie Rating 8.5/10 Beer Rating 8/10 Scene:

6.Up the Creek
Ah, the sound of cascading empty beer cans can be heard throughout this Oscar-worthy film. When empties fall out of the cherokee doors every time they open - you know you've found yourself a hardcore beer-drinkin' film.
Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 9/10 Scene:

5.Ski School
There is an unbelievably emotional scene when a beer spills. Marshak is a God.
Movie Rating 7/10 Beer Rating 9.5/10 Promo TV Teaser:

4.Let it Ride
Here's a film that oozes with beer reverence. From "Here Trotter, have yourself a nice beer", to "the head of the beer contains everything you need for survival, your a's, your b's, your c's.". Plus, it's just a blast to drink a few and watch this movie. Good things come to those who drink beer.
Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 8.5/10 Scene:

3.The World's End
Four High School friends embark on a mission to finish the Golden Mile, a 12-pub, 12-pint crawl across their English hometown. Beautiful British Beer! Grab yourself a cold Fuller's ESB and hit play on the bluray. Movie Rating 7.5/10 Beer Rating 9.5/10 Opening:

2. Beerfest
The opening disclaimer tells you all you need to know,"WaRNING: if you attempt to drink this much, you will die". Hilarious movie! Under-rated. Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 10/10 Scene:

1.Strange Brew
"as we spent most of our time searching for beer, eh". Strange Brew is a side-splitting, beer-drinking movie of the highest caliber. Mice in beer bottles, dog bowls filled with beer, working at a brewery, drinking off the line, laced-beer mind-control hockey, putting out a fire with piss,..  I mean this is the Holy Grail of beer drinkin' movies.
Movie Rating 8/10 Beer Rating 10+/10 Scene:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

20 Great, In-House-Date-Night Sleeper Flicks

Sure, we run to the redbox and pick-up two crappy new movies because we've seen everything else, and those crappy movies don't work for the in-house date-night because they stink, and because they're depressing, or cater to one or the others tastes.

Here's a list of sleeper flicks that fit perfectly for a date night. It may be a little chick-flick heavy because the hens rule the roost, but it's not ALL rom-com, and even the rom-coms should have a little for the fellas. I'm gonna make all these lighter-fare without too many seriously heavy themes or scenes. That should help everyone go to bed with smiles on their faces.

Lets go ahead and go better to best, #20 to #1.

20.Indian Summer(1993)
Indian Summer is a great date movie. It's a big-hearted comedy-drama that isn't too sappy or "millenial" for the older crowd, and not to old for the younger crowd either. The late Bill Paxton, Diane Lane, and Kevin Pollack star. IMDB rating 6.5 Rotten Tomatoes 66%(audience) Jeremy 6.5/10

Here's a neat little foreign film that should appeal to both men and women. It's a story about a poor-single father, and the little toy that the father brings home to his son. This film carries many different emotions, and has a great ending. IMDB 6.5 RottenTomatoes 53% Jeremy 7/10
Trailer(in english):

18.Love Actually(2003)
Follows many different characters in London, and their relationships, prior to Christmas. Went under the radar a bit. Worth checking-out if you missed it. IMDB 7.7 RottenTomatoes 72% Jeremy 7/10

17.How to Be Single(2016)
Here's a chick flick that works for both sexes. It's not you're cookie-cutter chick-flick. We don't know what's going to happen with the relationships in this one, and there's a little bit of style to the latter half of the film that, imo, sets it apart from similar films. A little bit of crass comedy bridges the generation and gender gap. IMDB 6.1 RottenTomatoes 47% Jeremy 7/10

16.Find Me Guilty(2006)
Easily the best performance of Vin Deisel's career. "Find Me Guilty" has some good relationship dialog and it's an interesting story based on true events. We all love a little courtroom thrown-in as couples too. IMDB 7.1 RottenTomatoes 62% Jeremy 7/10 Trailer:

Big-name stars headline this rom-com. The film is funny enough and overall the script is pretty good. Aside from the military subplot falling on its' head, the rest is aces. Has a lot to say about relationships. Obviously, I think this is better than the ratings on these sites. IMDB 5.4
RottenTomatoes 28% Jeremy 7/10 Trailer:

Keri Russel stars in this film about a good down-home southern girl in a bad situation. Easily the most "chick-flick" of the chick-flicks on the list, but still a good movie that the guys won't hate.
IMDB 7.1 RottenTomatoes 74% Jeremy 7/10 Teaser Trailer:

13.Just Like Heaven(2005)
Here's a tidy little romantic comedy with two good performances from Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon. It probably fell under the radar for most, but that makes it a perfect date night movie.
IMDB 6.7 RottenTomatoes 75% Jeremy 7/10

12.Just Before I Go(2014)
Here's a crass comedy, but one that tackles a lot of tough sublots and serious subject matter while doing so. Just Before I Go is a hilarious film. If either of you are easily offended by language/etc I would avoid-it, otherwise, check it out! IMDB 6.4 RottenTomatoes 58% Jeremy 7.5/10 trailer:

Ha, I got you on this one, didn't I? You read through these and were like, "I've seen all these"...   NO You haven't. This extremely low-budget film is really solid. Great concept and good execution consdering the lack of resources. Both of you should love this little film. IMDB 6.7 RottenTomatoes 72% Jeremy 7.5/10 Trailer:

10.Mr. Nobody
Another great little sleeper here. This sci-fi/dram-com went vastly unseen by American audiences. It's in english, and it's loads of fun. Worth seeking out. It's a wee-bit over-rated by IMDB, but it's still a solid sleeper-date-night-flick. IMDB 7.9 RottenTomatoes 76% Jeremy 7.5/10 Clip:

9.Before We Go
Captain American(Chris Evans) wrote and directed this smart, heartfelt, adult dram-com. Alice Eve and Evans are both great. No Hollywood ending, just a nice realistic adult dram-com.
IMDB 6.9 RottenTomatoes 54% Jeremy 7.5/10 Interview with Chris about the film:

8.Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
 I don't understand how this escaped a larger audience. Well, maybe it was because these "Hollywood themed" films always seem to be over-rated by the critics. And maybe because one of the main characters is gay? Either way, this film, starring Robert Downey Jr, Michelle Monaghan, and the gay private detective(Val Kilmer), is an absolute blast. Stylish, fast-paced and smart.
IMDB 7.6 RottenTomatoes 87% Jeremy 8/10 Clip:

7.St. Vincent
Here's a film with a gigantic heart, and solid adult themes.  Bill Murray is fantastic. The kid is fantastic, and Melissa McCarthy is also great. Feel-good, realistic movie. IMDB 7.3 RottenTomatoes 79% Jeremy 8/10 Clip:

6.Let it Ride
Here's one that caters to the fellas a bit more. A film about a cab-driver, gambling-addict who's "having a good day". The race-tracks seedy characters and smokey bars are dead-solid-perfect, and Dreyfuss is just awesome in this light-hearted comedy that should appeal to just about anyone.
IMDB 6.9(travesty) RottenTomatoes 75% Jeremy 8/10(raises just about every time I watch it) Clip:

5.Mr. Destiny(1990)
James Belushi stars in many good, under-rated little flicks. I probably should have included "Taking Care of Business" on the list too.  Here's a great little comedy/drama that co-stars Linda Hamilton and the late, great Michael Caine. IMDB 6.3(travesty) RottenTomatoes 57% Jeremy 8/10 Clip:

Jean Pierre-Jeunet is a master at whimsical. He's a master of cinematography and the use of color. This is the same director that brought you "A Very Long Engagement", which I left off for being a little too "heavy".
IMDB 8.4 RottenTomatoes 94%!! Jeremy 8.5/10 Trailer:

3.Before I Disappear(2014)
This is Tarantino/Cohen Brothers light.  "Before I Disappear" starts a little serious but the comedy quickly reminds-us that it's all in good fun, and the film oozes style and excitement. Awesome little flick that probably flew under both your radars.
IMDB 7.2 ROttenTomatoes 66% Jeremy 8.5/10 Clip:

2.Before Sunset(2004)
We all remember "Before Sunrise" with Ethan Hawke. The talky romantic/comedy/drama that ended with us all wanting more. Well, here's the more.9 years later. The sequel has more to say about relationships and fate than the original. It's actually my favorite of the three films, but if you can remember the first, "a story about two lay-over lovers who only have a couple of days to be with each other", or if that's ALL you remember, then PERFECT, you're in-line for a GREAT date-night movie that is well-written and acted. If you feel so inclined watch all-three, great, but this one is the best, and stands very well on its' own. Many of us left these two on the back burner after the 1995 original, shame. IMDB 8.0 RottenTomatoes 91% Jeremy 8.5/10 Trailer:

John Favreau, writer/director of Ironman, Swingers, SPy Kids, and many more, directed this fantastic film with a huge heart. At heart it's a father-son road-trip film, but it's decorated with good writing, beautiful color for the foodies, and good music. IMDB 7.3 RottenTomatoes 85% Jeremy 9/10 Clip:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ten Beers for "Women Who Don't Like Beer"

First off, I do know that women-beer-snobs and hop-heads do exist, just not on this planet:) I know they exist in small numbers. I said I could name 10 beers that women who don't like beer might like. I didn't say it was going to be easy to find them. It may be easier to just find a chick who loves to pound Foster's Premium Oil Cans. You don't necessarily have to default to "Blue Moon"(not a bad option) or for goodness sakes "Michelob Ultra"(eeek) if you're trying to turn a non-beer-drinker onto beer. So without further ado here's 10 beers that may change your girls opinion of beer. The idea isn't to give them a beer that doesn't taste-like beer, it's to give them styles and higher qualities of beer that they may have never encountered. You have to remember how many beer-haters think all beer tastes like warm budweiser. Come aboard and think long-term on the benefits of turning your girl into a beer-drinker. "Honey, pick-up some of that Helles beer that YOU like so much and relax when you get home". Huh...   huh...

We'll  go in order 10th best to the best.

10.Velas Helles
Here's a brew that you can only get while you're visiting the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, but numbers prove that many of us do just that. It won't be the last Helles style lager on the list. Helles lagers usually have a bit more flavor than your usuall adjunct mass-produced swill, and tend to be a little sweeter and fruitier. This is a light offering that pairs well with just about any food you put in front of her face. Price 9.99 six-pack, or a big mug(26oz) at the brewery for 5$.
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9.Terrapin Moo-Hoo Stout
This Terrapin offering is seasonal, but here in North Georgia and Tennessee you can find it laying around almost year-round and it has a good shelf-life at over 6%. The abv is well-hidden too, but its the smooth, velvety chocolate that could be a hit or miss for that beer hater. If this strikes out then you can cancel out any porter or stout for all-time. Also comes white chocolate and machiato spins(even harder to find). Price 8.99-10.99/6
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8.Mothership Wit
New Belgium's "Mothership" witbier is about the most poundable beer on the planet. It's light, even for the style, and has a nice velvet texture to it even though it's lighter bodied and lower on the abv. If she doesn't like this witbier, you're not likely to have too much success with the catagory. Price 7.99/6
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7.Weihenstephaner Original
I mean they've only been brewing since the freaking 9th century. This is an easy drinking beer with a little mineral/fruit taste that could be enough of a curveball for your average beer-hater. Price 10.99/6
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6.Chimay Red
Sure, the bottles will set you back about the same amount of money as that bottle of decent chardonnay, but the payoff could be YUGE. These monks can convert anybody. This stuff has a super-complex flavor of bright citrus and dark-fruit, subtle floral bittering hops, and awesome hard water brings it all together. The higher abv means it could serve a dual purpose. Was that politically incorrect? Price big bottle 10.99-13.99
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5.Stoudt's Gold
Here's one of my favorite beers in the United States, and unfortunately they are having trouble keeping or wanting to keep up with demand. It's a characteristic of good budding breweries, but not one that always agrees with my desires. It's brewed in Pennsylvania, and is easier to find in those parts. Soutdt's Gold is the best summer lawnmowing beer that has ever been brewed. It's the perfect helles. Subtle lemon hint, detecable hops, and a super-clean finish. Price 8.99/6
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4.New Glarus Rasberry Tart
Do you have anyone you know in Wisconsin? If so you need to request their transportation services. New Glarus has two perfect beers for women who don't like beer, but they don't distribute outside of the state of Wisconsin. You could also join a number of beer sites that have "trading communities". 11.99/6 big bottle 12.99
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3.Ayinger Brau Weisse
Here's a Crystal-Weisse that is what you imagined a "champagne of beers" would taste like before Miller butchered the concept. It's sublime. Near-clear, fruity, low-abv, and perfect on a hot summer day. If she doesn't like this she may not like kool-aid. Price 4.99-5.99 for a midsize bottle

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2..Augustiner Brau Lagerbier Hell
First off, if you have access to this, SEND ME SOME! This is the Helles of all traditional Helles lagers. If it doesn't work you'll be out about 5-6 bucks a bottle:(, and you'll know you married a complete moron.
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1.New Glarus Belgian Red
It's the most decorated beer in mid-size brewery history, and taste so unlike beer, that unless you told the person they were drinking beer, they may not even realize it. They pack 2 lbs of cherries into each bottle. Yes, 2 lbs.  The beer is absolutely fantastic, and the dream transition beer for the hater. Price 11.99 for a 6 or 12.99 big bottle
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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Best Cheap Beers!

Top Ten Cheap Beers!

I was going to call-it my top-10 American-swill beers, but I think the point is the best bang for your buck, right? It just so happens that there was one affordable foreign beer that I just couldn't leave off the list(besides that 'foreign beer' is actually brewed in Texas now). So the rule is that I have to be able to procure at least 72 ounces(6-pack) of beer for less than 5.99(pretax). So without further-ado let's start the countdown. There are two ways to do a list like this..  the first is for people WHO DON't like the taste of beer, the other(this way) for those who do.

Let me note a quick just missed list.
Matt Brewing(Saranac) just misses the list due to price, but BARELY, and they would have had 4-5 beers on this list if the threshhold would have been 6.99 instead of 5.99. Old Tankard from G Heilman,  MGD, Old Style, and budweiser just missed the list in terms of meeting all the qualifications.

Now this stuff is CHEEEAAAP! Not entirely off-putting.
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9.Grain Belt Premium
If you happen to live in the region where this is available, then you don't have stoop to the Milwaukee's Best/Busch level to get a decent affordable cheap adjunct brew. August Schell brewing is capable of making some decent craft beers, so an affordable/cheap adjunct lager on the shelfs of Minnesota from the brewery is better than most of the an insipid offerings  from the bigboys.

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8.Miller High Life
The tough thing about High Life is that it can be pretty damn good or really bad, and that can hinge on the storage, temperature, and freshness of the beer. The beers clear bottle is a skunked-beer waiting to happen, and the beers sour-tinge is only amplified when it isn't cold or fresh. When you get a good, cold, fresh one, it can be a very poundable, refreshing brew.  Know where you're buying it(turnover), and get it ice cold.  There's also a nice barley taste backbone in there. Much like PBR, try to stick with the bottles, they seem to taste better imo. WIth 32 oz cans for 1.99, who's complaining? Actually the gas station up the street from me has 2-32oz cans for 3.69!!!
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Coors, the banquet beer, is a nice staple for a couple of reasons. The beer has good body, and enough kick to up the ante a little on the value line. A pretty good balance of sweet and tart.  Most beers on the list really are better with some salty snack, but Coors, imo, is one of the best all on its' own. In some parts of north Georgia you can find 6 packs of 16OZ's for 4.99!!

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6.Grain Belt Nordeast
Grain Belt(August Schell) makes a 2nd(deserved) appearance on the list. Here's a cheap amber with a little craftiness to it. Not much, but a little. Nordeast has some floral hops and amber dark fruit notes with a metallic aftertaste, but it ain't bad.
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Like High Life, go for the bottles not the cans. Less metallic and off-putting. Also the 16oz cans warm up a bit faster and you don't want any beer on this list warm, trust me. Grainy, but clean lager that has a pronounced sweetness followed by a little bit of a alcohol booziness in the finish.

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Goldmine is super-cheap(4.99/6), and it's decent. It has a prominent fruitiness and almost blonde-ale-like quality, but it ain't perfect. I tend to love the first one and then get a little tired of it, but overall I think it deserves this spot because of the taste/price ratio. Fools gold, but you may not be able to tell the difference. For my CHattanooga peeps, you can procure this little gem at Whole Foods on the North Shore for about 4 bucks a 6-pack!
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3.Miller Lite
Miller Lite has a few things going for it. One, it's 97 freakin' calories. Two, you can taste some hops in there, I swear I think that's what they are. It's utterly poundable.  A bit on the dry side, but who's nitpicking at this price. Speaking of, Bud and Miller are getting close to not qualifying at this price.
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2.Narragansett Lager
Gansett is a sour, salty, but creamy lager. It pairs fantastic with sushi, chinese/thai,  bbq, or obviously, shellfish..  It's different and poundable.

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1.Foster's Premium Ale
Here's why I had to rename the list. When I think of value in cheap beers - I think of a beer that tastes like beer, that drinks like beer, and that smells like beer. THIS IS IT! Foster's Premium Ale Oil Cans 'can' be had for 1.79-1.99 for 25.4oz. It's much better and smoother than HG Heilman's Old Tankard. Metallic, but has some nice dark fruit notes and detecable hops.  If you wanna smell like beer all day, drink this.  GREAT VALUE! The only Ale on the list. I made the distinguishment in the opening about cheap beers for people who don't like beer versus cheap beers for those who do, and this beer is the reason why...   this DOES NOT taste like water. It tastes like a strong ale. If you spill a bunch of natty light on you, people may come up to you and say, is that beer you smell like? If you spill Foster Premium on you they say, "Dayum! You SMELL like beer". Ain't a bad thing.

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