Homer Simpson once asked, “Beer. “Is there anything it can’t do?” he said.
Apple pie, baseball, and hot dogs are all iconic American foods, and beer is no exception. Beer may even be the most popular activity in the United States. You haven’t had apple pie in a long time. Thanksgiving? The last time you had a beer was probably a long time ago. Given that the average adult drinks roughly 10 ounces of beer every day, you presumably have a pilsner in your hand right now.
Homer is accurate that the possibilities of beer are unlimited, but one thing we can say for sure is that adding beer to a movie is always a good idea.
If you’re looking for a film about the history of beer or a comedy about the joys of beer consumption, this list of the finest beers movies is for you. Watching one of these films while sipping any of the best beers of the year isn’t a bad way to spend an evening.
1. Beer League (2006)
One of the best beer movies is also one of the most underappreciated comedy of all time.
Among Beer League’s authors, Artie Lange takes on the role of Artie the loser, who has nothing going for him save for a job and a girlfriend. Artie’s life revolves around three things: beer, friends, and softball. This is a team sponsored by Ed’s Bar and Swill, which is kicked out of their league for continuously provoking fights. Artie and his mates play on this squad.
They must overcome Manganelli Fitness, who are unbeaten in the league, in a game they must show up for in order to get back into the league.
2. Take This Job and Shove It (1981)
Then Get Rid of It. The first time a monster truck appears in a film, it’s not simply because of the booze. You’ll never forget that tidbit of trivia you just learned.
As Frank Macklin, an up-and-coming business leader sent back to his hometown of Iowa to turn around a failing brewery, the film stars Robert Hayes (Airplane). Many of Macklin’s childhood buddies, whom he left behind for a better life years ago, now work at the brewery.
Take This Job And Shove It, sung by Johnny Paycheck and written by country outlaw David Allan Coe, may be the movie’s main star other from the giant truck and the beers.
3. Beerfest (2006)
After the cult hit Super Troopers, it took the Broken Lizard team seventeen years to make a sequel. They also made a great beer movie in between.
When two American brothers visit Germany at Oktoberfest, they are surprised to discover a centuries-old competition called Beerfest, which involves beer drinking activities. After a humiliating defeat, the brothers return to the United States to build a world-class squad of athletes (and alcoholics) in order to compete in Germany once more and take home the trophy.
Beerfest is certain to get any guy in the mood to binge drink, participate in a variety of drinking games, and watch Super Troopers for the nth time.
4. Drinking Buddies (2013)
If you like films about microbreweries and realistic depictions of modern dating, you’ll enjoy Drinking Buddies. However, the film is much more than your usual rom-com.
As coworkers at a Chicago brewery, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson engage in playful flirtation during the day and intoxication throughout the night. They have chemistry, but romance is out of the question because both are in long-term relationships.
If you’re watching Drinking Buddies for the first time and don’t know it, the entire film was improvised. No script was offered to the actors or crew, simply a general plot idea and the order in which important scenes would take place.
5. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Brew, car chases, fantastic classic rides, and delightfully out-of-date 1970s comedy are all present and correct in Smokey and the Bandit.
Burt Reynolds plays “The Bandit,” a hired gun hired to keep the cops away from a beer delivery van carrying Coors. Selling Coors east of the Mississippi required a license. It is agreed that Bandit will accompany the beer truck from Texas to Georgia within 28 hours, and he will block the cops from approaching the delivery vehicle.
It’s true that Smokey and the Bandit is a glorified Coors Light ad, but that doesn’t make it any less of a beer movie.
6. Strange Brew (1983)
In the original theatrical version of Strange Brew, the roaring MGM lion is replaced with a belching lion. This film, written by Second City alums Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas and based on Second City TV characters, only gets stranger and funnier.
A pair of unemployed Canadian brothers named Bob and Doug McKenzie gain jobs at the brewery that creates their favorite beer. A brewery owner’s conspiracy to take over the minds of everyone on Earth is discovered by two brothers who split their time between foiling the wicked scheme and getting drunk enough to pass out.
7. Beer Wars (2009)
In Beer Wars, an insider’s view of the all-out battle to deliver beer to the American people is revealed. Two aspiring brewers, Sam and Rhonda, find it difficult to compete in a market dominated by large corporations with seemingly limitless resources.
This is the story of independent brewers striving to gain a foothold in the American market while constantly battling the big beer companies for market share and shelf space.
8. Crafting A Nation (2013)
Breweries from start-ups to the largest craft breweries across the United States were shot for Crafting a Nation to show the highs and lows of brewing an empire.
In a press release at the time of the film’s release, the directors stated that the characters chosen for this film “are all picked for their enthusiasm and dedication.” The Black Shirt Brewing Co. and the two brothers who are trying to start the firm from the ground up are the primary focus of the film.
More than just a great beer movie, Crafting a Nation is a cultural touchstone. In addition, it serves as a visual guide to all of the breweries in the United States that you should stop at on your next cross-country road trip.
9. Beer (1985)
Having a title like Beer, one could suppose that this film is about the growth of craft breweries in the US or the early days of the largest names in brewing.
The woman from M.A.S.H. appears in this 1980s comedy alongside David Alan Grier, who had yet to become a household figure thanks to In Living Color when he was slapped across the face twice.
An ad exec is trying to come up with a fresh marketing strategy for the faltering Norbecker Beer firm in Beer. The Norbecker ad exec decides to make the three men the new faces of the company after they stop a heist at their favorite watering place and become renowned.
10. The World’s End (2013)
Beer movie The World’s End has the air of a genuine story. There are exceptions to this, of course, including the second section of the narrative.
It’s been twenty years since a group of five friends reunited to repeat an epic bar crawl that ended at a popular pub called The World’s End. They try to mend fences and become friends again while they travel. It comes to an abrupt halt when the fivesome is confronted with the literal end of the universe.
11. Blood, Sweat, and Beer (2015)
The documentary Blood, Sweat, and Beer is a must-see for craft beer enthusiasts and entrepreneurs alike. The film follows two separate breweries as they deal with the challenges they confront in their respective industries.
Shorebilly Brewing Co. is being sued by a shirt company that makes the same-named garment. Legal fees alone might bankrupt the brewery. Second brewery, Brew Gentlemen Beer Co., is a start-up founded by two college friends who want to resurrect their once-thriving community.