“Groundhog Day” paired with Budweiser Beer

“Groundhog Day” is a 1993 comedy directed by Harold Ramis, with script by Ramis and Danny Rubin.  It stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott.  This film tells the story of Phil Connors (Murray), a selfish television weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, who becomes trapped in a time loop that forces him to relive the same day again and again.  Connors grows from selfish to selfless over the course the film.  The tone of the film shifts from dark to lighthearted throughout the movie.  It struggles with its tone by being either a bit nihilistic or too optimistic.  The film does have a thoughtfulness to it that makes it interesting.  It is funny, and warm-hearted movie.  The Library of Congress elected the film for preservation in Nation Film Registry in part because of its impact on the culture.  It was adapted into a 2016 musical.

The Beer Lover’s Guide to the Movies pairs this film with Budweiser Beer.  This American lager has an ABV of 5%.  It smells of rice and grains with some slight hoppiness to it.  It tastes the same without the flavors being punched out in any one direction.  It has a well-balanced mouth feel to it without much in the way of a hop taste to it or bitterness.  It is an extremely consistent beer.  This is beer that you can serve with everything.  This is a beer that Americans reach for day after day after day.  It goes with the film because the beer is so reliable and will be there for you when you are feeling a bit pessimistic or too positive.

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