Sips & Spoilers: Community

This week, I celebrate the eventual return of Community. #sixseasonsandamovie

The show: Community

A quick summary: When Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is disbarred as a lawyer because of a less-than-reputable degree, he enrolls at Greendale Community College in order to get a quick fix solution. In order to pass his general electives, he teams up with an eclectic group of people. They all quickly become friends and Jeff discovers he may want something more out of life than just his old job.

The beer: Founders’ Centennial IPA
I wouldn’t call myself a fan of IPAs, but I’m trying to expand my tastes. Founders’ Centennial was one of my first IPAs and probably the first one I wholeheartedly enjoyed. Like most IPAs, it’s incredibly bitter. But unlike a lot of IPAs, it’s refreshing. You don’t have to sip it, either. It’s a beer that can be enjoyed in a few hearty gulps.

The pairing:
Community and IPAs share a common thread: they’re both hard to get into. Dan Harmon’s style of humor caters to a sharp crowd, which explains the show’s consistently low ratings/cult internet following. But once you’re invested, it’s easy to see why it’s loved as much as it is. The characters are lovable and the writing is brilliant. Similarly, IPAs are catered to beer lovers. But it’s easy to see why they’re popular. They’re distinct, flavorful and easy drinking. And like I mentioned earlier, IPAs can be enjoyed in big gulps. Community, with it’s 20 minute format, can be taken in large doses, and is best enjoyed when doing so (I’d recommend 3 episodes at a time.) Luckily, Community’s future looks bright. A movie is in the early stages of development (#sixseasonsandamovie!), and Dan Harmon has said he wants the show to run for multiple seasons afterward. That leaves you (and me) plenty of time to get used to the bitter, but tasty, world of IPAs.

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