Crashing + Black & Tan

Judd Apatow continues to farm highly relatable comedic talent in Pete Holmes. For the past two seasons Pete’s eponymous protagonist struggles to reconcile his faith with modern society, reality, and his dream of becoming a comedian.

What makes Crashing stand out from Apatow’s other HBO series Girls, is the focus on comedy as religion. Legendary comics are akin to the founding members of religious sects. Artie Lange is the ruler of the house of gritty, vulgar humor. Bill Burr is the reigning champ of brutally honest humor. And you have Pete, who has an affinity for good clean fun. In the series finale we see a war between two sects. Pete’s PG humor goes toe-to-toe with his new girlfriend Ali’s go-for-the-jugular comedic style in an epic roast battle episode.

Thank you Pete Holmes for creating a formidable comedic opponent and love interest with depth, strength, and weakness. Always refreshing to see a well developed female character. Aaron Sorkin, take note.

Crashing makes for a good binge-watch. You’ll wince at Pete’s naive exploration of the New York comedy scene, laugh at his ridiculous life obstacles, and celebrate his slowly evolving victories.

The Pairing

Pete is constantly battling between two worlds. Hailing from a zealous Christian family, he did everything the right way. He didn’t have premarital sex, never drank, never smoked, and yet he still has to deal with the ugly consequences of modern life.

Pete’s wife cheats and leaves him in the first episode. His plunge into crashing at various pads in New York City is rife with negative influences. He finds that someone’s tough exterior does not equate to a lack of morality. Life is shades of grey.

Photo by Olivia Larson {Twin Elephant Brewing}
Photo by Olivia Larson {Twin Elephant Brewing}

A black and tan is a beauty of a drink. You get to try shades of beer from two opposite sides of a tapline’s spectrum: a pale ale and a stout. Just like Pete learns; you need all shades of color in your life to truly live a fulfilling experience. A black and tan offers you various shades of beer in one delicious drink.

Traditionally made with Bass Ale and Guinness, this drink is an easy and rewarding beverage to experiment with. It’s also a way to liven up a fridge beer line-up that’s lacking freshness. We created a stiff batch with Sixpoint’s C.R.E.A.M. as the stout component and Sixpoint’s Hi-Res as our ale choice.

Black and Tan

|Ingredients|

  • 8 oz pale ale
  • 8 oz stout

|Directions|

  1. Tip your glass at 45 degrees as you carefully pour in 8 oz of pale ale.
  2. Set the glass upright and let it settle.
  3. Slowly load the stout on top. If you want to get fancy, pour against the back of an angled spoon to prevent mixing.
  4. Enjoy!
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