Sorry for the delay but beer and a movie is back from a quick trip to England with Bass Pale Ale and Guy Ritchie’s 1998 shoot-em-up comedy of errors Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Both offer small surprises of their own but are equally easy to digest and understand.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a hilarious web of interconnecting crooks, drugs dealers and murderers that can be hard to follow at first. While the film’s voiceover provides quick anecdotes as to the nicknames of each character, it does little to explain how all of these different personalities, ranging from a small-time card player to a hatchet wielding sex-toy king to Sting, all relate to one another. As the film progresses however, these connections are all sufficiently explained before they are neatly wrapped up in one of a series of bloody gunfights. The film is smart, fun and visually exciting. Thick British accents aside, the movie is easy to follow despite the many twists and turns it takes.
Without stretching too far, Bass Pale Ale is quite similar to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Point of origin aside, Bass Pale Ale is both deceptive and simple. Although it is, ostensibly, a pale ale, Bass sports a dark copper color and is rich in flavor. Flavor in the singular at least. Bass’s primary taste is nutty. Not zany, gun-toting British thug nutty; just nutty. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a strong and delicious flavor, but there are only traces of other things going on in this beer. As I said, it’s deceptively simple and I appreciate that. It perfectly achieves what it wants to be and quietly accompanies any movie you might happen to be watching.
Bass Pale Ale is a good beer for anyone who wants a reliable foundation. It’s rich, refreshing and smooth without being overly complex. And the same can be said for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It’s fun, exciting and dishes out its fair share of stylish visuals. As a bonus, it features a pre-badass Jason Statham. Overall, it won’t take multiple viewings (or tastings) to understand these two but they are always there for a good time.
Tonight’s Tasting Notes:
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels:
Simply a complicated story.
Funny and sharp.
Jason Statham used to act.