A coworker said to me yesterday, “So a new Terminator movie and a Jurassic Park sequel are being released in theaters, and Clinton and Bush are running for President. What year is it?” That got me thinking about the redundancies that occur right under our nose, and how sometimes we don’t even notice. This week’s Brew and View follows this same theme. Summer movie season is upon us and next week is a big one for the movies as it leads into the Independence Day holiday. Now some people just don’t have time to hit the movies during the holiday week. They don’t have time to see the humans versus robots conflict in Terminator Genisys, and they don’t have time to see the living teddy bear named Ted’s quest to be deemed a real person in Ted 2. What if I told you all of this is basically a cinematic redundancy? That one film from 2001 offers all of this and more, and you can watch it from the comfort of your own couch with a brew in your hand? That’s right, Steven Spielberg’s first film of his “Running Man” trilogy is that film, and it’s called A.I: Artificial Intelligence.
Here, instead of Terminators, the robots are called Mechas, but they are still human inventions gone wrong. What about that bear you say? Well the David, the Mecha played by Haley Joel Osmment has a Mecha teddy bear named Ted. Oh and don’t worry about that subplot from Ted 2 about something formally thought of as property looking to be called human. A.I. has got that covered too as David is on a quest to find the “Blue Fairy” in the hopes that she can change him from Mecha to a real boy, Pinocchio style!
A film like this needs a carefully paired brew. One that while familiar, also has an air of “Never too much of a good thing.” That’s why this week’s brew is Dogfish Head Brewery’s Herbed/Spiced beer Midas Touch. Made with ingredients found in drinking vessels over 2000 years ago, this beer fits with the redundancy premise. It’s a pretty unique beer for having such an old foundation. You might experience the sensation of drinking mead while drinking Midas Touch, with hints of grape and honey. King Midas may not be here to turn this summer’s movies into gold, but enjoy the beer named in his honor by watching a better film that has all the same stuff in it!
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