Well, it was bound to happen at some point ladies. I knew the day would come when no bottle of Veuve or glass of Pinot Noir would suffice. Previously, I’ve been pairing female flicks with wines made by women – but this month – we done gonna have a beer ladies!
This month I have paired up a fiery feminine flick with one of the first female-owned craft breweries in California. Both ran successful Kickstarter campaigns to turn their dreams into a reality. Both exemplify the true power of what hard work can accomplish. This is a pairing I am super excited about.
May’s Movie: “FARAH GOES BANG”
“NO ONE GAVE US PERMISSION TO MAKE A MOVIE.
WE DID IT BECAUSE WE COULDN’T STAND THE THOUGHT OF NOT DOING IT.”
– Laura Goode
FARAH GOES BANG isn’t just your normal coming of age film. It’s more of a THELMA & LOUISE meets HAROLD AND KUMAR, and it definitely wins in the category of refreshingly comedic take on sexual & political feminism, as evidenced by its win of the inaugural Nora Ephron Award at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The films follows three twenty-something best friends in 2004 as they hit the road on historic Route 66, hot on the campaign trail for Presidential candidate John Kerry. Along the way, if Iranian-American Farah can pop something more than just her political “cherry”, she would be utterly ecstatic. The sexually and politically charged ladies search for a better future while trying to find meaning in their present. Writers Laura Goode and Meera Menon take us along the touchingly humorous journey in a surprisingly unladylike way. Filled with friends and flatulence, you almost have to step back and remind yourself that this is not a documentary. But a documentary, it is most certainly not. In 2012, Goode and Menon launched the $75,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of FARAH GOES BANG, which exceeded its goal to raise a total of $81,160 and became one of Kickstarter’s 50 highest-grossing film campaigns to date. Not bad for a couple of chicks, eh?
“IT’S MORE THAN BEER. IT’S COMMUNITY.”
– Lynne Weaver
THREE WEAVERS BREWING COMPANY started from home brewer Lynne Weaver’s passion to combine her great loves in life – beer, family, and friends. She is all about getting the job done, and thus, left no stone unturned when launching her Kickstarter campaign to open the first female-run brewery and tasting room in Inglewood, California. She teamed up with Alexandra Nowell, who at the time was only 28 years old, but was already fast becoming a brewer to watch, becoming Los Angeles’ first award-winning female brewmaster. Together, they surpassed their $25,000 Kickstarter goal, and opened Three Weavers Brewing Company, named after Lynne’s three children. It is here that Lynne and Alexandra are able to focus on quality of ingredients in order to brew beers with a varied seasonality. It is here that these ladies can give their community a reason to get together and share. This is why I chose their Deep Roots ESB as the perfect pairing this month. When you hear them term “ESB” (Extra Special Bitter), you think you’re going to fall into this pale ale abyss of bitter malt. Three Weavers gives us a surprisingly balanced and delicately complex beverage. English hops add earthy and woodsy notes, which combine perfectly with the toasty caramel malts. The beer is medium-bodied with a slight crispness, and the finish is dry, yet layered with flavors. Delightfully UN-bitter, Deep Roots is easy to sip…and sip….and sip.
…..Perfect to pack for that long road trip.
“FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHIN’ LEFT TO LOSE.”
– Janis Joplin
Elyssa would like to send a special thanks to Molly, Chris, and the gang over at Three Weavers Brewing Company for their generous hospitality. And for their delicious beers. Check out the Three Weavers website for tasting room hours and to see which beers they have on tap. www.threeweavers.la . Find out more about FARAH GOES BANG and how you can help the future of this film at www.farahgoesbang.com.