Happy Friday, ya'll! If you’re lucky, you bravely face another weekend of relaxation. But how ever will you chill?! We know, it's tough! But we've got you covered with the second installment of our craft beer and indie film pairings. Thanks to our “beery best pal” (see what I did there?) Jayme G., a Warehouse Supervisor at Southeastern-based Distributor Advintage, you're looking at a mighty fine weekend ahead, indeed. The theme this month? Nuts. Lots of them.
Folks, let's get real with each other. I need to be honest. Sometimes ... just sometimes ... documentaries are lost on me. Not all - just some. I mean, many of my favorite films are docs. It's just that box of cliches you gotta sort through to find the real gems - it gets tiresome. It’s always the same Ken Burns effects, talking heads, narrators, historical fact-spewing, regurgitated mumbo jumbo. I crave (a beer, sure, that's a given) a reality that's truly different.
Color me surprised when I finally caught Penny Lane's newest doc and Sundance hit "Nuts!" on Vimeo on Demand a few weeks ago. The film follows the (self-proclaimed “mostly true”) story of Dr. John R. Brinkley. A true eccentric and so-called genius, Brinkley is credited with building an "empire" in early twentieth-century America. How? A goat testicle impotence cure, of course. This doc about a “quack doc” uses a mix of re-enactments (superbly animated), a few interviews, and creatively sourced archival footage. Good goat testicles, a powerful radio station, kinda becoming the Governor of Kansas ... “Nuts!” has it all. Lane shows us the rise and fall of Brinkley in only the most suiting of ways for a story of this nature. And it all builds up for an amazing twist.
It's weird, odd, absurd, quirky, bizarre ... where's my thesaurus because I could keep going. Most of all, it's just freaking plain delightful and a real hoot and a half. Watching this feature length doc is a refreshing taste of something new (and I don't mean goat nuts new)! Winner of the 2016 Sundance US Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing, you can catch the film across multiple VOD platforms now, including iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo on Demand, Amazon, Vudu and BitTorrent. Seriously, it's splashed out there AND making a splash. You have no excuse not to see this inventively woven tale. So, why not enjoy this film with an equally as nutty beer - literally!
Beer: River Rat's Peanut Butter Porter!
Jayme's beer recommendation happens to come from one of my local hometown breweries: River Rat Brewery. The Brewery was founded in 2013 in Columbia, SC, getting its name from the three rivers that run through the city as well as the working-class men who labored on the canal over a century ago. It was in their honor that River Rat set out to create craft beers that would be thirst quenching and satisfying after a long day's work. We're quite sure Brinkley would have thrown down a pint or two in his day after a grueling few hours of goat nut handling.
So, which River Rat beer would suit a film like "Nuts!”?? Only River Rat's finest Kerry's Peanut Butter Porter. With limited availability, it’s one to seek out and find.
"Only as heavy as a Porter should be, despite what you may think something like peanut butter would do to a beer. It has the familiar, pleasant taste of the peanut butter without being too sweet," Jayme says of his quite literally nutty pick. Just like Brinkley sweet talked and conned his way through life, let this smooth beer sweet talk its way … right down your throat. No worries, it's just delicious peanut butter. No animals were harmed or castrated in the making of this beer.
Honorable Mention for Design: Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock
Come on, this one is a given. And good. Very good.
Remember, it's never too late to start supporting your local breweries as well as some amazing little indie films on VOD - let this nutty pairing be a fruitful start on that trek!
Stay tuned for next month, when we jump into delicious Fall and get our Oktoberfest on! Enjoy!