“Fruitvale Station” is a 2013 biographical film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. The movie depicts the story of 22-year old Oscar Grant, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan. The film follows Grant on the last day of his life till he is fatally shot by BART Police in the Oakland area in the early morning of January 1, 2009. The BART officers, while Grant was restrained, fatally shot him in the back. The film opens with cell-phone video of the actual Oscar Grant and his friends while they are being detained. The film uses real video from the shooting as well. The movie ends with a captioned sequence of what happened in the aftermath: the protests that happened, the BART officers were arrested and later found one of them guilty of manslaughter at trial and served 11-months. The film’s final frames are of a gathering of Grant’s actual friends to celebrate his life on January 1, 2013. The film was acclaimed by the critics.
The Beer Lover’s Guide to the Movies pairs this film with Two Beers Brewing Company’s Pilchuck Pilsner. This Czech-style lager has an ABV of 4.7%. It is light and sweet on the nose and tastes of mild hop spiciness on the tongue. I picked this beer to counter the weight of the film’s ending. This beer is done in an old style and is refreshing, while the film is Coogler’s first time directing and the film is tragic. It is good juxtaposition.