We’re back with another pairing today. I have chosen the Godfather because it is a classic that I think, because of the family implications, is perfect for the Christmas season. To go with it is the Left Hand Milk Stout, which is one of my favorite beers for the holidays. Keep an eye on this blog as we continue our 25 Days of Christmas movie and beer pairings all the way to Christmas Day.
December 5th The Godfather Part I
Left Hand Milk Stout
Oh man. Where to start…The Godfather is my second favorite movie after Empire Strikes Back. It truly is a dense moviegoing experience that must be gone into with a dash of patience and a love of gangster movies. This is practically a perfect film. The scenes of the wedding of Don Corleone’s daughter drags for a bit, but according to Italian traditions, the father of a bride cannot refuse an official request on his daughter’s wedding day. This whole sequence sets up the Don’s personality and his place in the society as a Don of the powerful Corleone family. This movie follows the story of Michael Corleone from innocent bystander to the moment he becomes Don of the family and basically becomes his father, including alienating his wife. I have chosen this film in part because of a pivotal scene during Christmas when Michael finds out his father has been shot, and also because of the theme of family, which is so intertwined into this movie.
The perfect beer choice to pair with this movie is the Left Hand Milk Stout. With this beer’s intensity and dark, smooth, relatively easy finish, this beer gives you an offer you cannot refuse (I’m so sorry for that). The innocent, whipped cream-like consistency of the head of this beer, in my opinion, symbolizes the innocent whipped military man that Michael was. The intense and rustic finish symbolizes the darkness that crept inside of Michael even when he couldn’t recognize it himself. All in all, this beer so closely compares to this movie in that it just doesn’t deliver what you expect, but that is what makes it a classic. Likewise, The Godfather lacks a sugar-coat or sweetness, but that is part of what makes it a beautifully crafted film.