Welcome to New Belgium's film and beer pairing, "Great Couples." You can check out our previous peas-in-pods here, here and here.
This might seem like a large undertaking, and you know what? It is. "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy is among the most ambitious, epic film commitments ever undertaken. Coming up with a beer that didn't get lost in Frodo Baggins' metaphorically-large-yet-actually-very-small shadow was difficult.
We mulled over a few — Paardebloem? Na. Sunshine? No, no. Middle Earth is far too dark. Giddy Up? Maybe an injection of caffeine would have sped things up for the Fellowship. Seriously, three movies to reach a silly mountain borders on the absurd.
What's not absurd, though, is the match that had been sitting before our very eyes — LOTR and Trippel.
Let's state the obvious: there are three LOTR films, and Trippel is pronounced Triple. That's some surface-level similarity, but the bond between these two goes much deeper.
As previously stated. the LOTR trilogy was a seriously ambitious undertaking. It took 274 days to film, had a budget of $281 million and has more than 20 main-ish characters (not to mention all the orcs and walking trees that are little more than things to kill off in super spectacular battles).
It's a big, big film series.
Trippel is a big, big beer.
Tripel-style beers use a huge amount of malt compared to other brews. This makes for, among other things, a complex beer heavy in mouthfeel, aroma and (typically) high in alcohol content. When well crafted (ahem, Trippel), that complexity takes a back seat to an easy yet captivating drink.
It's a bit like LOTR, which, while being engrossing, complex and wholly fantastic, is still fun to watch. Often the greatest creative endeavors — the Mona Lisa, skyscrapers, nanotechnology, etc. —are a delicate mix of the highly complex and the easily swallowed.
So grab a Trippel and throw on "The Fellowship of The Ring." Think about how complex the two of them are. Or don't, and watch a bunch of orcs die while drinking beers. The beautiful thing is that, evaluated both ways, LOTR and Trippel still pass with flying colors.
Cheers until next time — Nic The Intern