We are back with yet another pairing. This time I have chosen one of the better rom-coms in my book and one of the more underrated and underappreciated holiday beers available today. Hope you enjoy!
December 7th Four Christmases
I’ve always thought Four Christmases went a little under the radar. After being initially skeptical it would be another cookie cutter Vince Vaughn movie (*cough The Internship cough*), I was surprisingly amused by the film. Four Christmases is essentially the Christmas version of Meet the Parents, in a way. But in another way, it is all new and original. Four Christmases follows a young couple, Kate, played by Reese Witherspoon, and Brad, played by Vince Vaughn, who are forced to go visit their divorced parents, each with their own families, all for Christmas. Still with me? To go along with this, the families are all uncomfortable in their own way, including Brad’s mom, who is married to his former best friend. This film is both a practice in absurdism and also realism in the same breath. Absurdism in the best friend wanting Brad to think of him as a father figure, and realism in the presentation of unhappy holidays, which seems to be a theme more talked about than actually explored. This movie is both uncomfortable and also hilarious, and I would definitely recommend it.
Similar to Four Christmases, when I was thinking about trying Shiner Cheer for the first time I thought it would be a cookie cutter Shiner beer. This may be sacrilege but I have always viewed Shiner in the same category as a Michelob Ultra. Different from Four Christmases, I hated Shiner Cheer when I first had it. That’s right. I hated it. The strange flavors mixed with the nutty bock of the Shiner was not a great combo for me. So I stuck my remaining Shiner Cheer in back of the fridge (beer purgatory) for all times…until I decided to try it again. After talking to the Shiner rep at the Houston Brew Fest, he told me it was much better after it had been aged. So I thought back to that bottle of Cheer that had been sitting in my fridge for over a year and decided to give it another go, and boy am I glad I did. The fruitiness really popped and mellowed that nuttiness I was so hung up on before. It was terrific. Similar to Four Christmases, I really didn’t think very highly of it when I got my first taste, but when I was given more info about the beer I decided to try it again and loved it. Shiner Cheer is the ugly duckling of beers.