We’ve recently been working on a pretty cool event here at We Brought Beer and, whilst we can’t say too much about it right now, we’re so excited about it we thought we’d give you a sneak preview. We asked Kelli, our marketing intern and resident film buff who’s written for magazines such as Sight & Sound, to write a little bit about some of her favourite beer scenes in films. Be warned, it is highly likely that after watching them, you may feel compelled to crack open a couple of bottles yourself.

Here’s Kelli:

“Far from merely a delicious tasting beverage, the more discerning beer drinker recognizes the power of beer to bring people together. Beer often finds itself the centre of celebrations, family and friendly gatherings, dates, and other social events. Beer has the ability not just to bring people together but bind them emotionally and transform an ordinary moment into something unforgettable.”

 Below are three films that showcase the beauty of drinking together.

Django Unchained (2012)

“Alas. Now we must act as our own bartender.”

Early in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the charming bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) serves the newly freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) his first beer. A series of winning cinematic techniques showcase the pouring of beer as the art it is, before the camera pulls back to present the beginning of friendship: two men sharing a beer as equals.

Old School (2003)

“Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!”

A comedy about three friends who decide to start a fraternity would be incomplete without a scene of a drunken night or two or three. One pivotal scene sees one of the uptight founders, newly married Frank (Will Ferrell) lower his inhibitions for the first time when he chugs a tube of beer. More chugs follow, earning him the loving moniker Frank the Tank.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

“I think a man working outdoor feels more like a man if you can have a bottle of suds.”

While this film flaunts less in the way of ghosts and demons than most other Stephen King adaptations, The Shawshank Redemption threatens something more real, and therefore, in some ways, more scary: the destruction of the human spirit. Andy Dufresne, a former banker falsely accused of murdering his wife and her lover, spends the film finding ways to maintain his humanity in spite of Shawshank’s transformative walls and one such ploy includes brokering three beers a piece for his fellow inmates. In one of the most heartwarming cinematic scenes, Andy watches his friends drink and forget, if briefly, their circumstances. In that moment, they are all free men.