Beer Matinee: The Princess Bride

The princess brideThe tale that has it all…action, love and plenty of one-liners. Rob Reiner’s classic 1987 film The Princess Bride captures the essence of William Goldman’s 1973 book of the same name. Each pairing follow this spectacular adventure so prepare for a night of sword fights, revenge and true love as you taste beers that follow the quest of these unforgettable heroes and enemies.



Instructions: Gather some buddies and these great beers and prepare for an evening of intoxicating fun. Each pairing is designed to go with a specific point in the movie. Select one, a few or all of them! Drink the brew at the designated time. Feel free to substitute beers and play around with the ideas! Enjoy…

The Princess Bride | Introduction

Anchor Steam
When I was your age television was called books. And this is a special book…

Anchor Steam was the beer that began the craft beer movement and it is where we start our story today. Steam beers are a hybrid beer style and they tie together the fruitiness of an ale with the light character of a lager; creating an experience that is easy for any palate to understand. These simple, appealing flavors and Anchor Steam’s influential role in the beer world sets the tone for the versatility of this tale. So raise your anchor and get ready to set off on an adventure that contains fencing, fighting, torture; revenge, giants, monsters…chases, escapes…true love!…miracles.

Left Handed | 22 min

Troubador Magma

People in masks can not be trusted…

Our main characters have been introduced and the adventure is ready to begin. The Man-in-Black faces his first challenge: an epic duel with Inigo Montoya, master swordsman. The battle begins with Troubadour Magma; created by Brouwerij de Musketiers, named after the Musketeers. This Belgian Triple IPA has an ambidextrous fruit character that balances the strength it brings to the fight. On one hand you have the fruity esters that come from Belgian yeast, and on the other hand you have the rich grapefruit and tangerine peel notes originating from the American hops that are used. Magma’s heated alcohol tones and lively bold flavors can match the lyrical clang of forged steel as these two troubadours play their song.

Sportsmanlike | 26 min

Stone Brewing Ruination

Finish him! Finish him! Your way…

Our Man-in-Black has bested Inigo however he must now face a stone-crushing giant, Fezzik. Yet despite Fezzik’s brute force and elephantine size, it is hard not to like this gentle giant. The same could be said about Stone’s Ruination. This gargantuan brew is elegant enough to at least try and kill your palate like a civilized person. Ruination, an intense double IPA, is said to be “a liquid poem to the glory of the hop,” which fits Fezzick’s great gift for rhyme…at least some of the time. And as insurmountable as this beer seems, it somehow can be triumphed. Your palate may be a bit sore afterward, but in the meantime, rest well and dream of large women because the next beer challenge is not far off..

An Impasse | 30 min

Brasserie Caracole Troublette

So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.

Our mystery man has defeated the giant and has finally caught up with Vizzini. The battle of wits is about to begin. Troublette, a Belgian witbier, is light and effervescent and in stark contrast to the size of our previous foe. Its buoyant citric tones and bright fruit character matches the banter of these two minds as they talk to the death. At first glance the name, Troublette, looks like “Trouble” however it does not mean what you think it means. It is a term for hazy, or turbid, referring to the beer’s opaque color and reminds us that Vezzini must think clearly if he is going to win the battle of the wits. As easy drinking as Troublette is, don’t get too comfortable with this hazy brew because Prince Humperdink can track a falcon on a cloudy day and he is closing in on our kidnapped princess.

The Fire Swamp | 41 min

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace

But Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s?

Reunited with Buttercup, Westley has found his pearl. But their celebration is short-lived as their  pursuers are not far off. Into the Fire Swamp they must go. Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace contains elements of the Fire Swamp’s three terrors. The beer is brewed with oysters and this gives it a slight smokey note reminiscent of the flame spurts; making the other flavors seem “singed a bit.” Despite its darkness, the beer is only 5.5% ABV and can go down like lightning sand. The last terror, R.O.U.S.’s are gigantic rodents that can soar through the air like a Flying Dog.

The Pit of Despair | 51 min


The Pit of Despaaaiiirr…

No beer. How’s that for despair?.

To Blathe | 1 hour 10 min

Magic Hat #9

I’ve seen worse…

Death can not stop true love and our Westley is still slightly alive. Like the song Love Potion #9, Inigo and Fezzick must resort to the supernatural if love is to triumph. #9 is described as a “not quite pale ale” and this description seems fitting for someone who is not quite dead. Made with apricot puree this beer has a delicate, pulpy body and a magical aroma of apricot and pears sparkling above the liquid. And with the right amount, miracles may just happen.

Assets | 1 hour 15 min

Uinta Brewing Sea Legs

Let me sum up…

The Man-in-Black is back. But before he can storm the castle to retrieve his beloved Buttercup, the Dread Pirate Robert must regain his Sea Legs. This Baltic Porter has the sophisticated flavors of Westley’s brains, an alcohol content as robust as Fezzik’s strength, and a finish as sharp as Inigo’s steel. It is the beer we need if our heroes are to defeat 60 men and stop the wedding.

As You Wish | 1 hour 21 min

Mission Brewing Amber

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die…

The Spaniard is about to face his lifelong Mission. He must be both strong and quick to catch the six-fingered man and this brew is brisk and sturdy enough with its clean, crisp flavor to catch its prey. An alt style beer, the Mission Amber has a touch of fruit in the nose and caramel malts with a brief note of toasted grain. These flavors bring the sweet, warm feeling of seeing our lovers ride off into the eve’s opalescent amber skies as our tale comes to an end.

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