“Cadillac Records” is a 2008 biographical film written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def, Columbus Short, Eamonn Walker, and Beyoncé. The film follows Leonard Chess and a few of the musicians who recorded for his Chess Records label in the 1940s through the 1960s. The movie captures the greatness and the demons of the artists who recorded at Chess Records. It features studio session performances by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, and Chuck Berry, which were loved by the film critics. However, a few were disappointed by some of the omissions in the stories of the artist – I think they wanted a Netflix series to dive deeper than you can within a 2-hour movie. The film is entertaining and shows the rise and fall of this record label. The soundtrack features the single by Beyoncé of Etta James’ “At Last” which Beyoncé sung at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball in 2009.
The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with Fremont Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout. To create this beer, they take Fremont’s Dark Star and aged it in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The beer has an ABV of 13.1%. The beer is a dark brown color with a tan head which clears quickly leaving some lacing behind. It smells of vanilla, sweet caramel and cocoa. It tastes of chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and it sweet enough to offset the dark roasted malt’s bitterness. It is full-bodied and gives you a real chocolate finish. This beer tastes so amazing. You will appreciate this beer in the same way you will cherish the recording studio performances of the legendary songs being recorded in the film. Sip slow, sit back and savor the experience.