Last year, we wrote an article matching food with Christmas dinner. Check it out here for a great guide to your booze requirements (some of the products are not available anymore, but it is a good framework). This year, we thought we would look at the other main activity other than eating at Christmas; films. Every year, however long you get off for Christmas (we work in retail, so not long!), there is always time to watch a few films. But what should you drink and what should you watch?
A Christmas Carol: We’re going to go with the Muppets version with Michael Caine. Sure it has comedic parts, but it still tells the story well. Michael Caine plays the miserly main character Mr Scrooge, who only cares about money and has to be persuaded to give his employees Christmas day off (the scoundrel). On Christmas Eve, he is visited by 3 spirits (you may see where we are going with this) who try to persuade him to change his ways.
What to Drink: 3 spirits of course! We would recommend Seale’s 10 year old rum (rich & warming), Hine H Cognac (perfumed & delicious) and Bowmore Tempest Batch 5 Islay Whisky (a tasty, smoky dram). To be drunk when each spirit appears. Alternatively, you could go for a coastal single malt gift pack.
Die Hard: Policeman John Maclean visits his estranged wife on Christmas Eve at her works Christmas party. A group of terrorists storm the building, take hostages, and John realises he is the only one who can save them.
What to Drink: St Andrew’s Yippee IPA which was named to pay homage to John’s catch phrase “Yippee Kay Yay”. Probably best to have a couple of bottles to enjoy while watching this action packed classic. It’s a big, herbal beer with plenty of earthy hop notes.
Batman Returns: Another film that is set at Christmas time, although not really about Santa. Penguin, Catwoman and Max Shreck (played by the excellent Christopher Walken) try to destroy Batman.
What to Drink: The Hanging Bat Bar (see what we did there) Road Runner IPA. The Hanging Bat guys have created a beer infused with plenty of new world hops. Perfect movie beer (well that or an imperial stout, since this is one of the darker Batman movies). We thought it was a truly excellent Pale Ale, with bursts of fruity hops, mixed in with balanced malts and a herbal note.
Elf: Directed by John Faverau, starring Will Farrell & James Caan, Elf has quickly become a Christmas classic. It is the story of a human that gets brought up as one of Santa’s elves (Will Farrell) who goes in search of his human dad (a perennially grumpy James Caan).
Rare Exports: For something a bit unusual, we would recommend the Finnish Christmas fun-horror film “Rare Exports”. Santa’s burial site is discovered, but it turns out he isn’t dead. Essentially Santa is an evil being who uses elves to capture and kill naughty children (a rather literal take on his task of punishing the bad and rewarding the good).
What to Drink: Finland’s finest Kyro Oak Aged Spirit. We really love this stuff, and it is a dram you can enjoy while watching some folks hunt Santa.
Happy film watching!