Who hasn’t dreamed of being a cowboy at some point in their lives? Riding the open plains, looking for outlaws, or even being a outlaw. Upholding or breaking the law. Getting drunk in bars, enjoying the company of a young lady on the 2nd floor of a saloon, or even shooting the gun at the feet of someone yelling at them to “Dance!”
In the case of cowboy/western films, there are three eras of great westerns. In the 1950s and 60s you had the John Ford and John Wayne epics. The late 1960s and 70s ushered in “The Man with No Name” trilogy and the cowboy anti-heroes in “The Wild Bunch” with it’s ultra-violence being the trademark. After the late 1970s, the western genre was dead, until the early 1990s with a little film called “Unforgiven,” a modern classic that dissected westerns from the 60s and 70s and re-ignited people’s love for classic Westerns.
Now, it’s no mystery that drinking is a huge part of Westerns, case in point, William Munny from “Unforgiven.” It’s not until he goes back to the bottle during the climax of “Unforgiven” that you see the “real” William Munny.
So in this edition of Cinema and Suds we have the modern classic Western, “Unforgiven” and the classic classic Western “The Wild Bunch.” and a big bottle of Ranger Creek Mesquite Smoked Porter, which is plenty for this double feature.
Enveloped with Texas Mesquite, this smoked porter, which clocks in at 6.8% ABV, is bold beer with an old school taste perfect for a former-gunslinger.
Check out the video companion above for a more fun and cowboy-like hijinks!