Weekend Pairing

“Fight Club”
+ a Beer

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club

Without many new films opening this weekend, I’d advocate rewatching old classics, under-appreciated gems or just films that provide more upon seeing them again. Fight Club, David Fincher's sweaty adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel, makes the cut one way or another. Considering it's been over two decades, I'll assume any and all spoilers are safe (but, if not, stop reading now).

The first time you see the film, it's more of an indictment of consumerism paired with an identity crisis and a somewhat troubling love triangle between our narrator (Edward Norton), the wild Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and Marla (Helena Bonham Carter)—an unhinged chain-smoker. But upon knowing that Tyler is merely a figment of the narrator's imagination, you can appreciate all the ways Fincher hints to this throughout the film. Just try counting all the Easter eggs hidden throughout the story.

Another thing you notice when rewatching this film as a fully-formed adult is that it's not about about breaking out of a conformist mold, but rather about the horrors that lie within the fragile male id. And the destruction said id can create, if left unchecked. That's not always what's remembered about this film. And maybe that's okay, because it's still a damn good movie filled with stunning visuals, an impeccable cast and some pretty trippy music.

Your Pairing:

Beer in Fight Club movie

This isn't the kind of film to be appreciated with a gentlemanly cocktail. Tyler Durden would want you drinking a beer. And hey, there's something to be said for the no-frills pleasures of macro-brewed beer. It's affordable, goes down easily and really quenches your thirst. What could go better with a movie you probably watched in college than the beer you likely drank back then too? Me, I'll be cracking open a bottle of Budweiser.

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