“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is a 1966 Spaghetti Western (films made in Italy, in Italian with an Italian style about the American west), directed by Sergio Leone. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Vann Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The movie is about three men competing to find a fortune in buried gold during the Civil War in 1862. The trio battles each other and ends up on one side and then the other side of the North and South conflict as they search for the gold. This film is the third installment of the “Dollars Trilogy”, which includes A “Fistful of Dollars” and a “For a Few Dollars More”. The film did well at the box office, but the reviews were mixed. Westerns were played out by this time and the critics had moved on, but not the ticket buying public.
The Beer Lover’s Guide to the Movies pairs this film with Silver City Brewery’s Panther Lake Porter. This dark beer has an ABV of 6.0%. The beer is a dark brown with your nose picking out coffee, caramel, molasses, raisins, and some spice. It tastes of dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. It has a tart hoppy flavor, dry, with a little bitterness to it. It has a medium mouthfeel and less in the way of carbonation than other beers. I chose this beer because it is such a good beer. It is like that slightly over roasted cup of Starbucks coffee that we all drink and go back to and blended well with the right amount of hops to make it very good.