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Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale & Easy A

Hello Drinkers!

We’re back,  feelin’ saucy and using a lot of apostrophes, so we’re drinkin’ Lagunita’s Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale and watching the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A. Right off the bat I’ll tell you that neither is something I normally go for, but hey, no harm in trying new things, right?

So let’s talk about Easy A. Like any self-respecting high school movie should be, the actors are too old, the characters too narrow and the emotions overstated. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Sure most of the characters of Easy A speak in sharp, erudite witticisms a’la Juno and Emma Stone’s screen parents are too cool and might overshare a bit, but that’s all part of the fun. While some of the cast can’t seem to keep up (re: Amanda Bynes), Emma Stone seems perfectly at ease and really carries the film, which is a good thing considering she’s the star. So what if Easy A is a tad hyperbolic (do you really expect us to believe that Emma Stone would really pass through high school completely unnoticed? Come on.), the movie does not try  too hard and does quite well for itself. It’s fun, it’s funny and Emma Stone wears a bunch of corsets, so what’s not to love?

Yeah, no one notices the hot girl in highschool.

So how about a Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’? Well, for better or worse, it’s not what I expected. Its got a very fragrant, almost floral smell to it, but when you take that first sip, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. The first sensation is actually quite mild and smooth, but after a second or two, deep, bitter hoppiness comes rolling across your tongue before it fades. I’m not one for super hoppiness but this beer actually has some charm to it. It doesn’t beat you over the head or linger around unwantedly. For those who are not fans of the bitterness in your beers, or you’ve never tried a bitter beer, give this one a shot. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

So what did we learn tonight? Sometimes, giving your night that extra Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is worth your while, even if you’re a virgin.

Tonight’s Tasting Notes:

Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale:
Floral scent. 
Bitter, but not unbearable.
Good gateway beer.

Easy A:
Overstated in all the right places.
Movie high school is way more awesome than real high school.
Emma Stone is a looker. What a surprise.

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Out of Touch

Hey Drinkers,

Sorry I haven’t been posting recently. I’ve been on vacation with my family and I’ve got a wedding coming up as well. And while of course I’ve been drinking beer, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and go through the whole experience. That being said, I will try to get you a new combo by next week. Again, I’m sorry. But if you’re really that hurt, just take a breath, grab a beer and relax. Because really, I am really worth it?


(secret answer is yes!)


Keep drinking!

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Birra Moretti & The Italian Job

Hello Drinkers,

It’s beer and a movie #10, which means it’s time for a celebration. And you can’t celebrate without beer, am I right? Well tonight I’m celebrating with the Italian beer Birra Moretti (actually brewed and bottled by the Heineken company) and watching the original 1969 The Italian Job starring a much younger Michael Caine who still sounds old and British.

Initial things to bear in mind about The Italian Job: First, there is no Mark Wahlberg or Ed Norton. So sad. Second, you really have to remind yourself that this movie was made in 1969. I point this out because just looking at visual style and production value (the bang for your buck), this movie seems to rival most other contemporary heist movies. About 5 or 6 very expensive cars get destroyed on camera and entire Italian cities are shut down. No tricks. With broad, sweeping shots the camera literally shows entire sections of the city clogged with staged traffic. Five cars (3 mini coopers, 1 jaguar and one other schmancy lookin’ one) are filmed crashing down cliffsides. No cuts. No computers. Just a car and a cliff and gravity.  But I’m getting away from the actual substance of this movie.

This heist movie is ostensibly about a heist, though the build up is a bit vague and confusing. We’re not given a real explanation as to why they are stealing this money or why they’re financial backer lives like a king inside a British prison. Seriously, the amount of leniency they show this guy in prison makes me want to go to England, commit a crime and go to prison just so I could upgrade my living situation. He’s got a private bathroom, table service at dinner and wears a very fine suit. But again I digress. This movie doesn’t really make much sense but that’s not the point. The point is to watch 3 mini coopers drive through places they should not be driving. That and to see Michael Caine bang about a dozen women in the opening 15 minutes of the movie. Ballin’.

Inconspicuous getaway cars and casually matching jumpsuits.

What The Italian Job did big, Birra Moretti stayed quiet. Not to say that the beer was bad, it just wasn’t all that good. Birra Moretti is a lager, meaning it is lower in alcohol and has a lighter body, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like nothing. If Moretti had a flavor, I would describe it as light and sweet, but that’s a bit of a stretch. Its more distinguished characteristic was its light and fine carbonation which made a uninspired beer a bit more exciting. All this being said, Birra Moretti claims to be hail all the way back from 1859, which is impressive and for that I give them a small raise of the glass (filled with another beer however.)

So that’s how we ended beer and a movie night #10. There were some disappointments, some surprises but most importantly there were explosions. And that’s all we can really ask for.

Tonight’s Tasting Notes:

Birra Moretti: 
Light, mild flavor.
Fine, refreshing carbonation.
Not actually brewed by an Italian company.

The Italian Job:
British prison really isn’t that bad.
Watching cars get tossed off cliffs is awesome.
Everyone but Michael Caine is a getaway driver. Literally every character in this movie.

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