Sips & Spoilers: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Happy True/False weekend, everyone! For those who weren’t aware, this weekend in Columbia is one of the world’s greatest little film festivals, and I’m loving all the great documentaries so far. But for Sips & Spoilers this week, I’m slowing down my film binge to start on one of Netflix’s most anticipated original comedies of the year: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The show: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

A quick summary: Kimmy Schmidt is one of the famous “Indiana mole women”, a group of women led to believe the world had ended and they, along with their captor, are the only humans alive. When they’re rescued from their underground, Kimmy decides to take a leap of faith: from captivity to New York City. With just a purple Jansport backpack and her new roommate Titus, Schmidt is out to show the world just how unbreakable she is.

The beer: Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Colette Farmhouse Ale  

The pairing:

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s hard to doubt the combination of Tina Fey’s mind and Ellie Kemper’s charm, but the trailer looked…corny. And the pilot didn’t dissuade my doubts. At first, Unbreakable is a bit much. The energy and positivity comes off as almost oppressive and not genuine. But the show normalizes almost immediately. And when it does, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with. The jokes are relevant and quick; as one would expect from a Fey production, the show doesn’t pull punches. And the characters are rich, original and almost eternally endearing.

Colette is just like Kimmy Schmidt: Midwestern (Kimmy is from Indiana, Great Divide from Colorado), bright and bubbly. As I’ve chronicled before, Farmhouse Ales and Saisons are just about my favorite style of beer on earth. And Colette is about as solid a Saison as there is. It’s not super dry, but the fruity palette isn’t too much; it’s got great balance. You can enjoy it with and without food. And it’s a satisfying session beer. Only trying to have one drink? Colette will satisfy your beer needs.

So head down to your local craft beer store (Columbia, Missouri residents: check out Craft Beer Cellar on Cherry Street) and curl up to enjoy what is sure to become a comedy staple in this great era of original television.

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