As a beer lover, I often find myself selecting out a brew to fit my mood. And as a movie lover, most of the time the two go hand in hand. So I decided to share some pairings of film and beer that I think go great together. Take a look at my pick of the month and hopefully you will enjoy it.
Tröegs Nugget Nectar
Tröegs has the fine distinction of being the first brewery to appear in Beer and a Movie twice. Featured this round is their Nugget Nectar, a delicious Imperial Amber ale. It is assertively hoppy with a malty sweetness that really balances out to become a very well made beer. It showcases the Nugget hop and the aroma coming from this ale is fantastic. Nugget Nectar is one of, if not the most, sought after beers from the Mid Atlantic being released once a year in February. Tröegs does a good job of getting it on the shelves in their local area, too. There is a lot of demand for the beer and it is relatively easy to find compared to other beers of its kind.
Slither is a horror-comedy film by James Gunn and stars Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Rooker. In Slither, a race of alien slug-like parasites come to Earth and start to take control of humans by entering their bodies and abducting them. The story centers around some citizens and the mayor of a small town as they try to find safety among the invasion. This movie uses a lot of humorous elements, but they don’t take away from its core, which is an overly campy horror film. It takes itself not being serious very seriously.
Both Nugget Nectar and Slither do a great job of creating a good balance within their respective products. Nugget Nectar is bitter and hoppy in the front, with a slight sweetness in the end that encourages you to drink more. Slither is one of the first horror movies I saw that took the horror aspect of itself seriously while still managing to get some genuine laughs into the story. There are a few movies I have seen since then that do this (though Shaun of the Dead comes immediately to mind), but Slither is the first I remember doing it this well. I would like to see more horror movies take this route versus the number of parody movies that have been released lately. If you check out Slither in the coming weeks, try to grab some Nugget Nectar to go along with it.