Friday, January 13, 2017

Spanish Beer Dinner Kicks Off 4th Annual Dark & Stormcloudy Film & Beer Series

Written by  Paul Starr
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Stormcloud Brewing Company and The Garden Theater are partnering for a fourth year to present the Dark & Stormcloudy Film and Beer Series. The series pairs award-winning foreign films with small batch darkbeers, handcrafted specifically for each movie by Stormcloud Brewing Company.
New this year, each film and beer pairing will be center stage at a special Beer Dinner featuring cuisine inspired by the film's country of origin. Stormcloud’s owners say the beer dinners will offer an evening of fine dining with international flavors for attendees of this year’s series.

“The Dark & Stormcloudy series has traditionally brought visitors to downtown Frankfort for a taste of great beer and engaging cinema,” says Rick Schmitt, Stormcloud Co-Owner. “This year we wanted to raise the bar by showcasing the incredible cuisine of the country each film originates from. Our beer dinner guests can expect to enjoy an exceptional and intimate dining experience.”

The first beer dinner takes place Tuesday, January 17 with a pairing of Spanish cuisine and Stormcloud’s handcrafted ales. All three beer dinners will be held at Stormcloud Brewing Company’s pub in downtown Frankfort. The film, beer and food pairings continue in February and March with a second and third film, beer and dinner. Each beer dinner includes admission to the corresponding film.

Each film will be shown in the historic Garden Theater, next-door to Stormcloud Brewing Company in downtown Frankfort. Admission to each film is $7 per person. Plus, each movie ticket purchaser receives a $5 Stormcloud token. Please note, beer will not be served inside The Garden Theater. Both film and beer titles and descriptions are outlined below and can be found at

January Film: Spy Time, an action-comedy from Spain. Adolfo is a dull security guard who loses his girlfriend, becomes the target of a dangerous criminal, and learns his father is a secret agent. Forced to work with his dad, Adolfo attempts to win back his girl while trying to stay alive.
Winner of Best Director at the Seattle International Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the Miami Film Festival, Best Film and Best Actor at the Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival.
January Beer: Anacleto. A dark ale brewed with Spanish Paprika, Cayenne Pepper and a touch of Oregano.
January Showtimes: Tuesday, January 17 at 4:30pm; Thursday, January 19 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 22 at 2pm; Thursday, January 26 at 7:30pm.
Official Movie Website:
January Beer Dinner: Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30pm. Four-Course Beer Dinner at Stormcloud Brewing Company pairing Spanish cuisine prepared by Stormcloud Executive Chef Joe Meyers with Stormcloud’s handcrafted beer. Beer dinner menu and reservation information.

February Film: A Man Called Ove, a comedy-drama from Sweden. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing neighborhood rules and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove's mailbox while moving in, earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the reminder that life is sweeter when shared. Winner of Best Actor at the Seattle International Film Festival, Best European Comedy at the European Film Awards, Best Actor and Best Make-up at the Guldbagge Awards.
February Beer: Sonja. A dark ale brewed with chocolate, raspberries, and bright Swedish smiles.
February Showtimes: Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30pm; Thursday, February 16 at 7:30pm; Sunday, February 19 at 2pm; Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm.
Official Movie Website:
February Beer Dinner: Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30pm. Beer Dinner at Stormcloud Brewing Company pairing Scandinavian cuisine prepared by Stormcloud Executive Chef Joe Meyers with Stormcloud’s handcrafted beer.

March Film: The Brand New Testament, a comedy from Belgium. God exists, and He's a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new "laws" to torment humanity and He's a petty tyrant to His wife and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her Father's abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world the only thing He has over them: their inevitable death date. Ea, after escaping and with her Father in pursuit, gathers apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Winner of Best International Film at the Haifa International Film Festival, Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Original Score at the Magritte Awards, Belgium.
March Beer: Ea & The Goddess. A traditional Belgian Dark Strong Ale brewed with ingredients inspired by the Last Supper.
March Showtimes: Tuesday, March 7 at 4:30pm; Thursday, March 9 at 7:30pm; Sunday, March 12 at 2pm; Thursday, March 16 at 7:30pm.
Official Movie Website:
March Beer Dinner: Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm. Beer Dinner at Stormcloud Brewing Company pairing Belgian and French cuisine prepared by Stormcloud Executive Chef Joe Meyers with Stormcloud’s handcrafted beer.

About Stormcloud Brewing Company

Stormcloud Brewing Company opened in June 2013 just two blocks from Lake Michigan in the coastal city of Frankfort, located in northwest lower Michigan. A small brewery specializing in Belgian-style brewing, Stormcloud offers 16 taps in addition to a full menu of flatbread pizzas, small plate appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, and specialty popcorn. In August 2016, Stormcloud was named the Best New Brewery in Michigan by MLive Media Group. Visit Stormcloud online at

About The Garden Theater

The Garden Theater, located at 301 Main Street in downtown Frankfort Michigan, was originally built in 1923 and renovated beginning in 2008. The Garden shows first-run, independent and foreign films, and is home to the annual Frankfort Film Festival. The Garden Theater is available to rent for private and corporate gatherings, charity fundraisers, wedding receptions and other special events. Learn more by visiting

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.