So, dinner and a movie is such a common date night move that it’s become a cliché. Go out for some food, and then, depending on how comfy the movie theatre seats are, either try to stay awake until the credits roll or shift awkwardly in my seat so many times that the person in front turns around to glare. (Just me?)
Now that many of us have Netflix in our lives, the “dinner-and-a-movie” concept is now in-sourced (is that the opposite of outsourced?). You can have a meal and show without ever leaving the confines of your house, apartment, whatever. Key for Canadian winters. Anyway, this allows for my favourite movie-watching companion to tag along – beer. Seriously, how good is it with popcorn?
Anyway, because I’m trying to make this fancy (since I do my Netflix watching in sweats or pajamas) why not match my beer to the movie I’m watching? A beer and movie pairing, if you will.
Starting with a few classic sports movies (note: your definition of “classic” may vary) because sports and beer already go together like, well, sports and beer, so adding a movie and your PJs is just gravy. And I know that two of these are technically kids’ movies, but what’s the point of being an adult if you can’t kick back with an ‘oldie-but-goodie’ and a glass of beer, I ask you?
The Cutting Edge
Olympic figure skating, complete with Russian “bad guys,” a dangerous skating trick, montages set to 90s music, D.B. Sweeney and a will-they-won’t-they plot. This movie has something for everyone. As the two main characters are complete opposites (movie trope!), I’ve selected a beer for each of them.
Kate, the spoiled ice princess: Rosée d’Hibiscus, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
A little different, a lot floral, somewhat difficult to pair with.
Doug, the tough but lovable hockey player: Steamwhistle Premium Pilsner
A classic pils, refreshing and sessionable, with abit of a working-class allusion from the whistle imagery
Kids playing baseball all summer long, dealing with scary things, like the beast of a dog on the other side of the fence, and even scarier things, like girls. As a salute to facing up to those things you fear (whether woman or beast), I recommend La Maudite, a beer with enough flavor and spice to make you forget that it’s 8%.
The Mighty Ducks
The underdog team that pulls together to maybe win the championship and redeem their coach is nothing new so I’m picking a beer that’s innovative. Rogue Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale: The ingredients are as Canadian as hockey and strange to find in a beer. Although you might want to find a team of your own to help you finish the big pink bottle.