“Just Mercy” paired with Elysian Immortal IPA

“Just Mercy” is a 2019 drama directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, from a script by Cretton and Andrew Lanham.  The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, and Rafe Spall.  This movie retells the true-life story of Walter “Johnny B” McMillian.  McMillian (Fox), an African American in Alabama in 1988, was wrongfully convicted based on police coercion.  Bryan Stevenson (Jordan), a young defense attorney, appeals the murder conviction.  The film takes a hard look at real injustices with a strong directorial vision and reliable performances.  It is emotionally hard at times as those wrongs are played out on the screen.  The film is based on Stevenson’s memoir.  The film was praised by the critics.

The Beer Lover’s Guide to the Movies pairs this film with Elysian Brewing Company’s Elysian Immortal IPA.  The beer is an American India Pale Ale with an ABV of 6.3%.  It is a golden copper color with an aroma of citrus, pine, and malts.  The flavors are balanced and tastes of sweet caramel, pine, a small amount of citrus and bitter finish.  I suggest getting just one bottle of this beer to drink at the end of the film.  The film’s ending pays off with a much-needed release and you will want the beer then.  You should reflect on the film and think about what justice is, as you sip this beer.

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