“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
Perhaps it’s because I have a baby on the way, or perhaps it’s the time of year (football season, the month of October and Homecoming always get me reeling), but I’ve become more nostalgic lately. Nothing has quenched my thirst for childhood like the Netflix show, Stranger Things. It has been a breath of freshly familiar air. A show that is thrilling, terrifying, fun as hell, unapologetically in love with the 80s (thus helping me obtain my nostalgia fix), and perhaps most importantly for me, it has enough complexity to be considered art.
You see, for those of you who don’t know me very well, I think people who only eat at chain restaurants, lack imagination. I abhor people who only listen to top 40s hits and read nothing but cheap crime thrillers or romance novels. Don’t get me wrong. All of those escapes have their place. (Full disclosure: I have a strange place in my heart for romantic comedies and boy bands.) It’s great to completely unwind sometimes and allow the mind to “veg. Out” at night. But all too often, my mind grows bored, catching the formula too soon, and I’m left searching for more.
The best part about Stranger Things is that the show has the perfect balance of both worlds: a viewer could completely engage and hunt for allusions to other 80s hits,r as well as deeper meaning, or he or she could just dive into scenes with shocking monsters, angsty teenagers, and relatively clueless adults (which the shows creators, the Duffer Brothers, perfectly juxtapose on purpose!!!).
After all, who doesn’t relate to a mother struggling to understand her adolescent child, looking for anyway to communicate with him? Sure the show does this in an incredibly creative way, but the situations, and feelings it evokes are universal.
And who doesn’t love to see Eleven redefining gender roles in the most kick-ass way possible! Giver her the Eggos!
I’m pairing this incredible show with a beer that’s name and label are as wildly entertaining as the beer is complex. Sounds a lot like Stranger Things, doesn’t it? The beer is called the Blaecorn Unidgragon, and it is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Clown Shoes Beer Company. The beer is a malty, hoppy storm of complexity. The nose gives off hints of dark chocolate, pepper, and licorice. The taste brings on the same dark chocolate appeal, along with coffee, roasted malt, subtle smokey tones, and a nice hop bite to clean up the palette. The mouthfeel, while heavy and syrupy at first, finishes dry and thin.
Whether you’re watching Stranger Things for the first time, or rewatching it, the Blaecorn Unidragon will stand up to its thrills and complexity… a worthy partner indeed.
Cheers! Prost! Salud!