Ultimate 6er | Super Trooper Sixer
ABV: A LOT
IBU: Not bitter at all really
In college, after a night of fun, my roommates and I came home to a choice of two movies. Caddyshack or Super Troopers? Always a difficult decision, though I can say Super Troopers took the advantage by about 120 or so watchings. Between this time spent burning the script, verbatim, into my head, and the relatively equal time spent doing the same with my brother, its not unreasonable to state that 75% of the words exchanged between myself and my brother are 1 liners from Super Troopers. So, when the rumor mill started churning about a sequel, I may have gotten excited.
Once the rumor was replaced with fact, the chaps of Broken Lizard (the guys in the movie) told the world that the studio would produce it but not pay for it. So they launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with a goal of $2 million in 30 days. And they hit that goal in ONE DAY. With perks like “one of the cop cars from the movie” and tickets to “join us at Beerfest,” it’s not exactly surprising.
The Lizards note that on a daily basis they are asked the question “Who wants a mustache ride?” Though Super Troopers was a low budget, indie film, there is clearly a rabid fan base here. So, in honor of the Troopers rocking success ($3.2 million as of this writing), today’s Ultimate 6er will be wrapped around the characters that made the first movie so damn funny.
Thorny – Hofbrau Munchen
Played by Jay Chandrasekhar, Thorny is the fearless leader of this troop of clowns. With a ludicrous caterpillar of a mustache, he is famed for offering mustache rides to a couple of Germans that were arrested for speeding. However, I think a more appropriate quote of his to use for these purposes would be “I AM ALL THAT IS MAN!”
What manlier beer is there than a stein of Hofbrau served at Oktoberfest in Germany? You may not be a manly man, but when you’re drinking those vats of glory and singing Oompah songs, you definitely FEEL manly.
Mac, played by Steve Lemme, is the loose cannon of the crew. He is probably best known for the opening scene where he pretends to lead the crew on a high speed chase. But how about when he asks Thorny how well he’s shooting at the range? You know, so Mac can find out how well his bulletproof cup works.
Mac: “How you shootin’ today Thorn?
Thorny: [holds up target with bullet holes] “Dead on all morning!
Mac: [pointing at the bullet hole in neck of the human outline target] “What about that little fella?”
Thorny: “That little guy? I wouldn’t worry about that little guy.”
Mac: “Good enough for me!”
Anyone willing to get shot in the groin to test out some bulletproof equipment deserves something a little crazy. A little intense. I vote for Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller. When the Southeast Asian civetcat does its business after eating the finest coffee berries on the planet, workers gather up this business and use the newly made coffee beans within to brew their coffee. Which is then used to brew this beer. A little crazy indeed.
Rabbit – Schlafly Pale Ale
Erik Stolhanske plays Rabbit, the rookie cop. He’s a goofball who’s learning the ropes. Easily my favorite scene of his is right in the beginning when he and Thorny are screwing around with the carload of stoners headed to Canada.
Thorny: Smell that, Rabbit?
Rabbit: *sniff sniff*…FEAR.
Why the Schlafly Pale Ale for Rabbit? Well, he’s new to the game, so he needs something easy to put down. And Schlafly’s Pale Ale, while only 4.4% ABV is a far cry from being watery or flavorless. It’s got just a hint of fruit and is very smooth. Perfect to keep Rabbit moving up the state trooper and craft beer ladder.
Foster – Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
Foster, another lunatic, is played by Paul Soter. The scene where he and Mac make an effort to say the word “Meow” ten times in a conversation with a pulled over motorist is top shelf. But the pinnacle of this scene is when he asks the confused driver if he looks like a cat and whether or not he’s drinking milk from a saucer. I can’t even write that sentence without starting to laugh. The first beer that comes to mind is Left Hand’s Milk Stout Nitro. It’s got the word ‘milk’ in it and it’s just so damn good. That’s the only reason. Because I want to go watch it cascade right now.
Farva – Schlitz
Farva, the most abused character in Super Troopers is played by Kevin Heffernan. In the film, Farva is on suspension for attacking a bus load of children. He plays terrible pranks and thinks they’re funny. He says awkward things that make his fellow cops cringe. Farva is That Guy. Why Schiltz? Too easy. Just watch.
Captain O’Hagan – PBR
The Captain of the Troopers, O’Hagan (played by Brian Cox), is superb. His lines. His delivery. His sense of humor. Nails it. This is a tough one. There’s so many scenes to pick from. But perhaps the best is when his troopers try to explain the cartoon character, Johnny Chimpo, that’s affixed to all the drugs from a recent bust.
Captain O’Hagan: What’s the significance of this John Chimpo fella?
Foster: You know those really cheap Japanese cartoons? No? This is basically a cheaper, Afgahni knockoff. It’s this monkey that basically travels around the world, doing nasty things. His butler tries to keep him in line, but, uh… no.
Rabbit: It’s really funny, Cap. It’s Afghanistanimation!
Captain O’Hagan: The monkey has a butler? Great. Is that what they do in Arabia, Thorny?
Thorny: How the hell should I know?
O’Hagan is cool and he doesn’t even know it. He was drinking beer before anyone else on the force was born. That’s why he drink’s Pabst. He mentions his love of the Old Fashioned in the movie, but I think if you asked him to choose a brew, he’d go with a PBR. Not because it’s hip to do so, but because it’s what he’s always had.
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