“The Shawshank Redemption” Paired With Stroh’s Bohemian-Style Pilsner

“The Shawshank Rdemption” is a 1994 drama written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on Stephen King’s story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”.  It stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Salder, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore.  The movie follows Andy (Robbins) an accountant who was convicted of murdering his wife and her lover.  While a prisoner Andy befriends a few of the other inmates including Red (Freeman) and he ends up becoming part of the Prison Warden’s money-laundering scheme.  The film contains a scene where Andy negotiates with the guards for some of the prisoners to be able to drink some Bohemian Style Beer which is fondly remembered by Red.  The film did not make back the money it cost to make it upon its initial release, but once nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Freeman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Darabont), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Score it went on to be a moderate success.  Its reach was widened with great video sales and a deal that allowed it to be broadcast regularly on the TNT network.  In 2015 it was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its significant impact.

The Beer Drinking Scene

The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with Stroh’s Bohemian-Style Pilsner by the Pabst Brewing Company.  This beer has an ABV of 5.5%.  It pours a clear golden amber with an off-white head.  It smells of grains, grass, and malts.  The taste has a crisp refreshing taste of bread with a touch of hoppiness to it and a slightly bitter finish with notes of citrus.  It is a very enjoyable beer.  I picked this beer because it looks like the beer they are drinking in the film.  The beer was being made during the period the film is set in, as well as the time of the filming of the movie.  It is a picked by the lead character’s in the film, so you should pick up a bottle and see if it is a good match yourself.

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