The Perfect Pairing
A choice selection of whistle whetting options for your next Wes Anderson marathon.
Bottle Rocket (1996) – LDS MCR NCL Double IPA (8.5% ABV) by Track Brewing x North Brewing Co x Wylam Brewery
Anderson’s debut boldly asks the question “What if three below-average people joined forces to elaborately attempt something unspectacular?” Instead of this question, ask yourself: “What if three fast-rising breweries joined forces to make an amazing beer?” The answer is the Track Brewing, North Brewing Co and Wylam Brewery collaboration LDS MCR NCL. This opaque double IPA hides its 8.7% ABV behind a tropical juice hop flavour that’s easily enjoyed by novice and experienced beer lovers alike.
Rushmore (1998) – On the Bounty Chocolate & Coconut Stout (5.8% ABV) by Neptune Brewing
Rushmore is a high-brow comedy taking place at a high-brow academy where an adolescent and full-blown adult become friends before attempting to destroy each other in a variety of remarkably childish ways. Take it all in while sipping on Neptune Brewery’s On the Bounty, which is a high-brow adult stout pumped full of cacao nibs and coconut essence. These flavours show that a high-brow beer can deeply satisfy your inner child.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – DH Table Beer (3.5% ABV) by Wylam Brewery
The Royal Tenenbaums follows a family of reunited geniuses and prodigies. Together, they wreak havoc as they say goodbye to a father they never loved, dying of a pretend cancer that he doesn’t have. Since this movie is at its core a film about family, enjoy Wylam’s DH Table Beer, a dry hopped table beer with a low enough ABV for the whole family to enjoy.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Geyser Gose (5.5% ABV) by Two Roads x Evil Twins
Zissou clads Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and the rest of the cast in the most unflattering shade of blue you’ve ever seen while filming a documentary of themselves hunting for a shark. Explore the sea like you’re part of the gang with the Two Roads and Evil Twins collaboration Geyser Gose, a gose (sour wheat-style ale) made with Icelandic moss, sea kelp, and birch smoked sea salt. Unfortunately, Jaguar shark essence could not be obtained.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – Storm in a Teacup Earl Grey Infused IPA (6% ABV) by Wild Weather Ales
The Darjeeling Limited focuses on the familiar Anderson trio of Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman as brothers attempting to become reacquainted after their father’s death while exploring India. Wild Weather Ale’s Storm in a Teacup is an Earl Grey IPA whose taste may not take you to India, but will help calm your soul when you realize that your brother has tricked you into confronting your mother in the Himalayas.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) – Rooting Around (7% ABV) by Wild Beer Co
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story for all ages adapted from the Roald Dahl book of the same name. Mr Fox and his band of animal friends must save their burrow from three vengeful farmers in order to preserve their way of life in the most stop motion animatedly way they possibly can. Celebrate all that is nature with one of the seasonal versions of Wild Beer Company’s Rooting Around, an ancient gruit style beer made with leaves, roots, and anything else that happens to be lying around that time of year.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – Campire Strannik Imperial Stout (10% ABV) by Northern Monk
Moonrise Kingdom highlights Anderson’s ability to be both over the top while remaining so subtle that you’re not sure whether to cry from laughter or genuine dismay. Sam and Suzy try everything to escape police, parents, and social services in order to allow their young love to blossom. Moonrise Kingdom takes place in multiple campgrounds as well as in the cove from which the movie receives its title. Northern Monk’s Campfire Strannik is the perfect beer for this film, a smoke and marshmallow 10% ABV imperial stout.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Lollihop West Coast IPA (6.6% ABV) by Sibeeria
Grand Budapest Hotel is a hilarious comedy in which (spoiler alert) every character you care for dies. This movie puts an Eastern European twist on art heists, prison breaks, and forbidden love, so enjoy it with Lollihop by Prague’s Sibeeria, a familiar west-coast style American IPA with a Czech Republic spin.
Isle of Dogs (2018) – Samurais and Unicorns Imperial Pilsner (7.1% ABV) by The Great Divide and Breakside Brewery
Isle of Dogs tells the story of exiled dogs on Trash Island in Japan helping a young man attempt to find his long lost bodyguard dog Spots. Although unsure what to make of this film yet, it obviously demands a beer of Japanese influence. The Great Divide and Breakside Brewery collaboration Samurais and Unicorns is a 7.1%ABV imperial pilsner that is easy to enjoy and almost impossible to fully comprehend. Just like your favourite Wes Anderson flick.
Words By Dan Orley