The last few months, Mike and I have been watching a set of related movies as part of our beer reviews. After all, when you’re drinking beer, it helps to be watching a good movie too. We started off with Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, then watched Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, and concluded with Walter Hill’s Last Man Standing. For those who aren’t familiar with all of the films, they’re all the same story, just re-cast in different eras.
This week’s beer for movie night was the Stone Brewery’s Levitation Ale. It’s a rather heavy ale, with a bitter edge to it. Strong ales are not my favorite beer, so this one already had a lot to overcome to get my recommendation. In the end, I thought it was a nice example of an ale, with a lot of character and a nice malt flavor to it. While it’ll never be a favorite, I could drink this beer again, which is more than I say for a lot of ales.
It was Mike’s turn to pick our reading material, and he suggested D. B. Jackson’s ‘Thieftaker’. I’d seen a few blurbs about it on the web, and the general premise seemed intriguing. I found it to be a fast-paced read, with interesting situation and some compelling characters.
Usually Mike and I do a restaurant review, but the last month or so has been so busy for both of us that we couldn’t find an evening in which everyone was free to dine out. In large part this situation was due to both of our families taking vacation trips. So, Mike and I agreed that we’d each individually review some of the places that we ate during our trips.