Friday, February 25, 2011
Posted by Bull E. Vard
I absolutely love British movies like "Snatch", "Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels" and "Sexy Beast". One of the great things about them is just the Britishness of them. The SNL trailer above for "Don' You Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro" is an absolutely spot on spoof of these movies.
What does that have to do with anything? Well, virtually nothing, just wanted to set the mood for the Britishness that is the documentary "Beertickers: Beyond the Ale". Never heard of 'beerticking'? I hadn't either, it's basically writing down the name and ABV of every beer you have and trying to collect 'em all. One of the characters in the movie is a seemingly normal older Brit who has 40,000 unique beers.
The American equivalent to the people featured in this movie can be found nightly at the Flying Saucer trying to get unique beers for their saucer on the wall. While the Saucer people are just fine, they're, for the most part, not British, therefore inferior for my viewing pleasure.
If you're interested in British beer culture and the wide array of beers they drink (and a large majority of them are cask or "real ale"). I really enjoyed the documentarian trying to get a Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale at a beer fest for a beertick, one of only 4 American beers mentioned in the movie.
"Beertickers" isn't a real easy movie to find however. It's not available yet on Netflix or even more mainstream outlets to an old fogey like me. You can download it on your XBox or Playstation machines or on ITunes. I liked it much more than I thought I would. It took me a couple of weeks to give it a shot after I got the email with the free download code from Phil the documentarian and star of the show. But, it was definitely worth the little over an hour that I spent with it.