Cinematic Cocktails: Panther Pilsner Beer

>> Saturday, April 11, 2009

In Beer Barrel Polecats (1946) we receive instruction on the art of home brewing from brewmeisters Moe, Larry, and Curly. Following (more or less) the recipe set forth in the manual “How to Make Panther Pilsner Beer by J. Panther Pilsner,” the Stooges share much of the recipe with the audience:

MOE (reading): In order to make ten gallons of beer, pour one can of hopes…
LARRY: Hops.
MOE: Hops… and a can of malt into a large crook…
LARRY: Crock.
MOE: Crock! Then fill crock with hot water.
CURLY: Hot water! Hotsy totsy!

Moe opens the malt and Larry opens the hops. Unfortunately, they put Curly in charge of the hot water, which results in Moe receiving a burned back as he continues reading the recipe: “Mix ingredients. Refer to page 27--Yow-wow-wowwww!”

After the boys mix the ingredients, Moe continues: “Put in three cakes of yeast.” He orders Larry to add the yeast, but Larry is called away to the phone. Consequently, Moe adds the yeast himself. When Moe is also drawn away to the phone, Larry returns to the brew and adds the three cakes of yeast as previously instructed. Curly also adds the yeast when Larry leaves the kitchen to grab the beer bottles. However, Curly doesn’t bother to first remove the paper wrapper from the cakes, and he throws the shopping bag into the crock for good measure. One assumes that there were additional steps to the recipe, but we’ll never know, because the Stooges were too distracted contending with the overflowing, yeasty mixture to continue reading the instructions.

One final note--After bottling the beer, be sure to keep the bottles far away from heat or an open flame, because Panther Pilsner Beer is highly explosive.

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Unknown April 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM  

Hello! Ever visited Peterman's Eye? Today's discussion is on cocktails...drink up!


addie April 18, 2009 at 7:15 AM  

I like this review. It took me years to appreciate the, "Stooges." I finally started finding them funny after seeing, "Disorder in the Court."

I am very new to your site and just wanted to ask, after preusing your list of movies, have you never seen, "Best Years of Our Lives?" I recommend it, especially for you:)


garv April 18, 2009 at 10:21 AM  

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES is one of the few classic films that I've never seen from start to finish. I have seen parts of it, and it is on my "to watch" list.


Otto Mannix April 22, 2009 at 10:36 AM  

I just stumbled onto your site (burp), and i like the theme. I prefer the unapologetic approach to drinking in movies, like IT'S A GIFT, to the crybaby message movies like LEAVING LAS VEGAS. But one hilarious movie is SARAH T: Portait of a Teenage Alcoholic, with Linda Blair (she always has some demons to exorcise!)

Another movie i don't see on your list is SOME CAME RUNNING, 1958, directed by Vincente Minelli. There is plenty of booze going down in that one. Check it out, you might like it. I once saw it a theater and afterwards half the audience went to the bar across the street!

I will put a link to your blog on my blog, which unlike yours has no central theme, just random interests.

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