Beer Movies: 3 to Stream for National Beer Day

It's 5 o'clock somewhere so sit back, relax, crack open a beer, and enjoy these beer movies we've picked out for National Beer Day.

By Jesse Conner

Beer Movies to Stream for National Beer Day

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With things continuing to progress as more and more vaccines are being distributed, we think that's cause for celebration. And what perfect timing since today is actually National Beer Day. Everyone, no matter who you are, deserves a cold beer (as long as you're of drinking age) and with it we'll be serving up a few of our favorite beer movies.

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We know you might have a hangover from New Beer's Eve, but we're still pretty confident that once you watch a couple of these beer movies, it'll be hard not to fill up at least one glass. Plus, it's been a tough year so at least today we have a legitimate excuse to drink (unlike how we usually just drink for no reason). Regardless, check out our picks below.

  • 1Beerfest

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    This film is NOT for kids, especially the unrated version which involves some brief nudity. That said, this may be the best film about drinking in existence. Critics didn't like it so much, but beer drinkers loved it! It brings to life what every beer drinker dreams of...Octoberfest. From there, we're taken into a super-secret drinking tournament with teams from many countries. To get into this tournament of beverages, you'll need to know the secret yodeling password at the door. This movie is so outrageous and crazy that it's a perfect pick for today's holiday.

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    Comedy / 2006 / R

    Two brothers (Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter) from America happen upon a secret and centuries-old beer-games competition during a visit to Germany's Oktoberfest. After losing badly, they return to America, assemble an impressive team of brew-lovers and return to Germany for a rematch.

  • 2Strange Brew

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    This Canadian comedy film is probably the most ridiculous pick on our list, similar to a "Dumb and Dumber" style of comedy. The movie follows the lives of drunk brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie. Their master plan is to put a mouse in a beer bottle so they can blackmail the company to get free beer. This brilliant idea gets them into a situation they weren't planning on. But to be fair, they don't plan anything other than drinking. Their stupidity is what got them into the mess, and it may be the thing that saves their lives and the lives of everyone else who drinks Elsinore beer.

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    Strange Brew

    Comedy / 1983 / PG

    In their quest for free beer, bumbling Canadian brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas) wind up working at the Elsinore Brewery. The hapless lads uncover a sinister mind-control plot spearheaded by Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) and must stop the scheme, which also involves Uncle Claude (Paul Dooley), a member of the Elsinore family. As Bob and Doug try to prevent Smith from taking over the world, they also manage to drink plenty of their favorite sudsy beverage.

  • 3Beer Wars

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    If you're looking for more of an education on the beer industry, then this will be your favorite of our recommendations. This is a documentary film that explores the American beer industry. It outlines the differences between large corporate breweries and smaller breweries that you'll definitely recognize. Learn how these breweries are constantly battling it out to have the best beer on the market. Oh, and good luck not wanting to drink at least one cold one while watching all of that liquid gold being produced.

    Now streaming on: Tubi, Pluto TV, VUDU, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, iTunes, Google Play, & YouTube

    Beer Wars

    Documentary / 2009

    Independent brewers challenge corporate behemoths in the U.S. beer industry.

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