And The Beer Goes To…

It's Oscar time!  When you sit down to see who dazzles or fugs up the Academy Awards red carpet this weekend and place your bets on the winners, make it the best three (or four) hours of your life by pairing a delicious beer for each Best Picture nomination. Since this year there are 10 nominees instead of 5, this will certainly be a way to make this Oscar party better than the beer-less fêtes of years past.

We Beer Chicks admit that when Oscar fever hits Los Angeles, we get swept up in the heat.  We see all the flicks, check out the pre-show with Joan, pick our favorite gowns, and hope Jack says something extra weird this year.  But one thing's for sure, we have our winners by our sides: The best beers to accompany the best movies of the year.

So here are our nominations for best beer parings for this year's Oscar-worthy films.  We chose the beers based on name as it relates to film, flavor components as they connect to the movie's plot, and/or alcohol percentage, and sometimes all three.  And the winner is…..?

Avatar: Troegs Mad Elf Barleywine, Troegs Brewing Co., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Those otherworldly blue beings look like mad elves once their tree is ripped apart by the bad guys; us.

Up In The Air: Vagabond Ale, Allagash Brewery, Portland, Maine -  A vagabond of the skies, with no home to speak of Ryan Bingham stands on the precipice of change.  This rare, classic, aged ale with notes of Port is the perfect Clooney in a beer.

Inglourious Basterds:
Arrogant Bastard, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, California  – We hate to be obvious but, is there really any better beer to describe the intensity of this film and boldness of the Bastards?!

The Blind Side
: Budweiser, Anheuser-Bush, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri – What can we say, it's a football movie.  This is America's favorite past-time, and probably what you'd be drinking at the game.

District 9
Brew Free, or Die! India Pale Ale, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA – The bitter 'Prawns' are determined to attain freedom from their jail-like slum.  And this beer comes in an aluminum can, perfect for those long trips to outer space.

The Hurt Locker
Hercules Double India Pale Ale – Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, Colorado – Dealing with IEDs in Iraq takes a Herculean effort, and this big strong bitter ale is what you'll need afterwards to ease the tension.

An Education:
Cantillon Kriek Lambic, Brasserie Cantillon, Belgium – Because losing your cherry may lead to certain complexities, and the protagonist of this film finds love a bit sour in the end.

Precious:
Raison d'Etre Belgian-style ale, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware – Precious is searching for meaning in a life full of suffering, a 'reason for being,' and finds inspiration in her own mind.

A Serious Man:
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale, Shmaltz Brewing Co., San Francisco, California – This Kosher Ale exploring religious roots is a perfect beer for a movie retelling Jewish origin stories in a modern Coen brothers setting

UP: Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen, Belgium – A sour funky old Belgian style that only gets better with age.  The complexity of flavors; citrus, sour fruit, earthy yeast with a hint of oak, is a journey in itself.