This past weekend one legendary celebrity stoner (Brad Pitt of Honey Bear bong fame) tossed a beer to another legendary celebrity stoner (Matthew McConaughey of naked bongo playing fame), and the tabloid world was there to breathlessly cover every moment.
McConaughey was hanging out on the balcony of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, which just happens to be across the street from Pitts’ New Orleans home. Pitt wandered outside, and a balcony-to-balcony bromance budded, which wound up with Pitt tossing McConaughey a can of beer.
While I don’t usually get into celebrity gossip (especially when it involves pretty dudes), this story instantly caught my attention because as a beer geek I needed to know one thing – what kind of beer did Honey Bear Boy toss to the Bongo Kid?
This matters, because it impacts how I judge these guys, or at least Pitt who was the giver of the beer. I like the acting work of both (especially McConaughey lately, who seems to have discovered he’s more than a guy who looks good in a towel) but the beer that was shared could change things.
There’s a lot of silver and blue on that can – was it a Natural Light Tallboy? Because that makes Pitt a man who prefers mass-produced frat beer to well-crafted artisan beverages. What kind of self-respecting artist would do that?! I couldn’t blame McConaughey for drinking it, because refusing Pitt’s projectile would make him look rude and out of touch with the common man.
Was it an Abita, the hometown beer of New Orleans? There was a movement to elect Pitt as the mayor of New Orleans a few years back, and supporting the local flavor would only make him more lovable to his fellow Nolinians (I may have just made this word up). And we all know how much McConaughey’s character Rust Cohle on True Detective enjoys his Lone Star, so I’m sure the real world McConaughey would happily knock back the New Orleans equivalent.
Was it a craft beer? This was my hope from the start, that Pitt air mailed a finely crafted beer with a dank and sticky hop profile that his balcony buddy would enjoy. I want to live in a world where cool people drink cool beer (and throw it around balconies in a cool city).
A little forensic photo analysis has revealed that the beer was…Hopitoulas from NOLA Brewing!
Well alright, alright, alright!
Here’s how the beer is described on the brewery’s website:
This 6.5% ABV ale is a West Coast style India Pale Ale that combines six malts and six hops with additional dry hopping for three weeks. It takes about a month and a half to make each batch and we think it is worth the wait. Hints of pine and citrus with a powerful, yet balanced hoppy flavor, Hopitoulas packs a punch that you won’t forget. Available on draft and in 16 ounce cans.
So there you have it – the perfect beer! West Coast IPA for that sticky resinous flavor! Locally brewed for Mayor Pitt! A tallboy can – extra hipster cred (not to mention extra beer)!
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was so happy to find out the bros were sharing an honest-to-goodness craft beer instead of some industrial light lager. Not only does it make me appreciate their taste (or at least Pitt’s for buying the stuff), but it also warms my heart to see craft beer making inroads everywhere in our culture, even at the top of the pop culture food chain.