Now that the dust has settled and the holidays are winding down, it’s back to the grind… and this means buckling down and keeping things low-key. If you didn’t get a chance to get caught up on your favourite Netflix series while you were off because you’re ‘uber’ popular and went to so many parties, you should have no problem doing so now. That’s why our staff has put together their recommendations for the best series on Netflix for you to watch.
To add a Toronto’s Festival of Beer twist, we’ve thrown in the brews our team thinks you should sample while watching them. Cheers to the new year from our TFOB family to yours!
Black Mirror is sharp, suspenseful and even sometimes satirical drama that focuses on techno-paranoia. It’s has been referred to as the present day version of The Twilight Zone that is peppered with modern day influences and even sometimes futuristic theories. Once you start watching this show, you will be on the edge of your seat because every episode fully immerses you in the story and you can’t help but get drawn in. You will start asking yourself questions like “what if this happened in real life?” – it’s a brilliant show that has all the bells and whistles for a solid binge worthy series.
Davide’s Pick: Wellington Brewery – County Brown Ale
Since most of the episodes in this show take place in Britain, why not pair it with Wellington Brewery’s County Brown Ale. Inspired by traditional English brown ales, this delicious ale is a rich mahogany brown in colour with deep red accents. With roasted malt, nut, and toffee notes this enticing malt-forward ale is balanced with a mild hop finish. It’s also an award-winning brown ale that is a testament to the fact that the classics never go out of style.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a hilarious comedy about a police precinct in Brooklyn. The show mainly follows Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) but also includes an incredible supporting cast portrayed by the likes of Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Cruz, Jo Lo Truglio, Andre Braugher and many more.
Each character is a misfit in their own way but you quickly fall in love with each of them and their quirky shenanigans. The cast also has an incredible chemistry which makes this show one you should watch.
Stacey’s Brew Pick: Brickworks Ciderhouse – BATCH: 1904
Why: This refreshing cider is the perfect pairing for a comedy like Brooklyn Nine Nine. Ciders remind us all of the summer time and good fun so why not bring that familiar feeling to life while you have some fun watching these goofy characters shake up their precinct.
Dark is one of the newest dramas to fall under the Netflix original series catalogue. The show follows a similar setting to Stranger Things, but what’s cool about this show is that the story is written in an even darker way. The show takes place in a small town in Germany where a number of disappearances shock the town and strange things begin to happen that no one can explain.
Davide’s Brew Pick: The Napanee Beer Co. – Blacklist Black German Lager
Why: This beer is great because it encompasses a few different aspects that relate to this show. First and most obviously, is that it’s a German Lager and the show takes place in Germany. Second, it hails from the small town of Napanee Ontario which relates to the small town setting in the show. German Lagers are also slightly heavier which pairs perfectly with the dark ambiance that this show has from start to finish.
If you haven’t watched Mind Hunter yet and you’re into intense crime dramas like us, you need to get on this right away. The show takes place in the 1070s and follows a young FBI agent who becomes fascinated in learning how some of the most notorious criminals think. As you follow his character along, the show helps you understand the psychology of why these people commit such heinous crimes. The show is produced by David Fincher, who also directed legendary films like Seven and Fight Club, so you know you’re in for a story-line that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Jon’s Brew Pick: Labatt 50
Why: Labatt 50 is a staple beer from the 70s era which makes this a no-brainer to pair with this incredible show. Make sure you buy it in a stubby bottle though which will take you back to that time and give you the true feel of what a FBI agent would have been drinking as they delve in to the crimes that shook the time.
Master of None
Master of None is a very funny Netflix comedy that is written by actor and comedian Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The show is loosely based on Ansari’s real-life experiences.
Ansari plays the role of Dev, a New York-based actor who is struggling to identify what he really wants, both personally and professionally. The series also reveals glimpses of Dev’s younger years, and explores current aspects of his life, including modern etiquette through texting and social media, and being young and single in the big city.
Les’s Brew Pick: Guinness
Why: One of the many benefits of drinking Guinness is that it has been show to be good for your virility (Source). Since the show has a strong focus on Dev’s dating life, this might actually be the perfect beer for you to delve in to when understanding Dev’s character.
The 2018 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices and live entertainment each day. We also added a Thursday Night to our already legendary Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 4 days of glory! Pick your day below and we’ll see you in July. It’s all about the #BeerLove