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Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale & Chicken Run

Evening, Drinkers!

Tonight we’re back with another beer from Anchor Brewery and continuing with our recent trend of discussing American values in cinema (4th of July slasher, death racing as an American pass-time, Team America: Fuck Yeah!). On tonight’s menu? Chicken. And Liberty.

Get ready.

Tonight’s movie is a bit of a throwback, but I think most of you should remember it. Back in 2000, the incredible creators of Wallace & Gromit took a break from their famous characters to bring us Chicken RunUtilizing their unmistakeable claymation style, Peter Lord and Nick Park recreated the classic film The Great Escape with chickens. It’s a little odd, but that’s kind of what these guys do. In short, the chickens of Tweedy’s Farm work to escape the confines of their farm/prison by enlisting an escaped American circus rooster (improbably voiced by Mel Gibson) to train them to fly. In between the silly setup and the film’s high-flying dramatic conclusion, there’s the usual slew of amusing antics that one would expect of a bunch of British lady-chickens trying to fly. And that’s kind of what this film is. Antics. And it’s great. Sure the plot is a bit predictable and the movie is a bit short (a speedy 82 minutes), but that’s not really why you see this film. If you’re like most viewers, it’s mostly a quick, fun distraction that satisfies both parents and kids. It’s goofy enough for the little ones and has enough sly, British humor for the adults. Not to mention you have Mel Gibson pretending to be funny and carefree. That’s always a hoot. But simplicity or not, you still have to appreciate the creativity and labor that went into this film. As I’ve said with other stop-motion films, just the sheer amount of work that goes into creating one of these feature-length films is alone worthy of praise. But on top of that, you have distinct characters and a plethora of witty chicken-themed puns. What more could you ask for?

You could ask for a chicken dance scene, but they have that already.

Onwords to beer! Now the strangely astute and the hopelessly bored may notice that I’ve actually discussed Anchor’s Liberty Ale in last year’s holiday recap. However, since my review was about three sentences long and my opinions towards IPAs have changed pretty dramatically since then, I figured I owed it to this beer to give it a second shot. And I’m glad I did. This San Francisco IPA is arguably one of the maltier IPA’s I’ve had. It’s actually hard to classify it as an IPA, as the floral bitterness from the hops is very well-balanced caramel-y malts. You also get some fruity hints in there, which takes some of the weight out of the beer, making it perfect for a warm Los Angeles evening. Pouring a hazy gold with a thick, lacy head, this brew is at once easy to drink and multi-faceted in its flavor profile. And while I wasn’t the biggest fan of Anchor’s summer wheat, I have to admit that the Liberty has inspired me to check out some more of this brewery’s creations.

So that’s our evening of Liberty, folks. There were chickens running wild, beer was flowing and I was laughing by myself in my darkened living room. So it was a pretty typical Wednesday for me. Zing!

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And, as always, keep drinking my friends!

Tonight’s Tasting Notes:
Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale:
-Hazy gold color with 2-inch lacy head
-Sweet, floral hoppiness
-Well-balanced maltiness

Chicken Run:
-The Great Escape as performed by clay chickens
-Sharp, British humor
-Mel Gibson plays a douchey American. Shocker.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager & The Patriot

Hello Drinkers,

Tonight I’m brushing up on my American history by sipping on the classic Sam Adams Boston Lager and watching Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot. Now for those who don’t recall this hit film from 2000, it stars two of the most American actors from the past decade: Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger. Taking a break from his usual science-fiction-meets-explosions milieu, director Roland Emmerich brings us back to the American Revolution which Mel Gibson is solely responsible for winning. Oh and Revolutionary America was totally down with racial equally. The more you know.

Historical accuracies aside, the movie is pure entertainment and nothing else. While there is plenty of human drama and tender father-son moments to tug on those heartstrings, what this movie really lives for is the extended, slow-motion action scenes. Ever want to watch Mel Gibson fight dudes with a hatchet for 10 minutes straight? Watch this movie. Not taken very seriously, this movie can be fun and might even spark a few patriotic feelings as characters spout off generic American-isms like “stay the course” and “a nation where all men are created equally under God.”  But on to more serious things.

Moments before he stabs a horse with the flag. America. Fuck yeah.

Sam Adams Boston Lager is probably one of the most popular and widely consumed “craft” beers in the United States. I’m basing that off of zero recorded data but that’s the sense I get. Boston Lager has got a rich amber color, a lovely head and has a hoppy, almost nutty flavor. It’s got a satisfying flavor without losing it’s smoothness and is very easy to drink. This is particularly beneficial when you’re watching a 165 minutes movie starring Mel Gibson. So if you ever find yourself feeling patriotic, grab a Boston Lager (or two), pop The Patriot into that Revolutionary-era VHS of yours and settle in for an easy night.

Tonight’s Tasting Notes:

Samuel Adams Boston Lager:
Rich, hoppy flavor.
Surprisingly smooth.
Easy to drink.

The Patriot:
Australians make great Americans.
Mel Gibson isn’t racist.
We used to be friends with the French.

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