28/02/2018

The picturesque villages and valleys of the Huddersfield area are no strangers to TV and film and have provided a backdrop for many productions over the last 30 years or so. Last summer a crew from 20th Century Fox descended on the area to film a feature-length comedy based on the Saturday afternoon World of Sport TV favourite of the 1970’s- professional wrestling.

The film, Walk Like A Panther, is the long-time brainchild of Dan Cadan, a Huddersfield lad, lifelong film obsessive, and one of my best mates from school.

Dan got in touch last year to tell me about the film and ask if they could use the brewery as a location for one of the scenes in the film, and we were of course only too happy to oblige.

This is probably a good point for Dan to tell you a little about the film in his own words…..

“Although the underdog story of WALK LIKE A PANTHER could work practically anywhere on the planet, West Yorkshire was the only place I could shoot the film. I grew up (well got older in age at least) in Huddersfield. Born in in Meltham, moved to Birdsedge at 11 before tying the spotted hankie on a stick and heading to London at 22. But I knew I had to return to my roots to make Panther. It’s a film about community, acceptance, loss and family – all things that we wrestle with, in one way or another, on a daily basis.

I wanted to give the film a slightly heightened reality and it could not be yet another ‘it’s grim up north’ story. It needed to be a true representation of my home county and so it had to be bright, colourful and aspirational. I would also need to collaborate with old friends and locals. Meltham, Marsden, Huddersfield Town Hall and West Nab would all provide locations and backdrops to make the story authentic. Kirklees Council went above and beyond, Dixons Ices were invaluable and my old pal Richard Burhouse and his entire crew at Magic Rock Brewing gave us something quite spectacular. Aside from the brewery playing host to our sinister villain, Paul Peterson (Stephen Tompkinson) in a pivotal scene with Trevor Bolton (Dave Johns), Richard and co have created an iconic beverage that he will now tell you more about…all as I can say is that we tasted it and our batch didn’t last long.”

 

As the film has a beery element to its story and to celebrate our brewery’s film debut, we thought it’d be a nice idea to brew a commemorative beer to launch the film in style and were delighted that Fox were just as excited as us with the idea.

Panther Pale Ale is the resulting beer, a one off easy drinking pale ale with a subtle maltiness and a ‘grapple’ of UK and US hops. The beer, packaged in 330ml cans, features 4 different peel-able labels with 70’s style billboard adverts inside advertising some of the wrestling characters from the film.

The film premieres in Manchester on March 9th and to say we’re excited would be an understatement. The trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEIFP6XvKjU
see if you can spot the brewery….

Panther Pale Ale is available in 330ml cans from our Taproom and online via our web shop from Friday 2nd March at 9am , until it runs out. Tasting notes and recipe information is below.

If you’re an independent cinema/bar/beer shop or local business who’d like to stock the beer please get in touch!

Panther Pale Ale: Pale Ale 4.5%

A collaboration with 20th Century Fox, to celebrate the release of ‘Walk Like a Panther’. House Golden Promise is joined in the ring by T50 Crystal, Wheat and Dextrin malts to give a smooth and rounded body. A grapple of UK East Kent Goldings and US Cascade hops tag in for a refreshingly zesty citrus bite. The beer was fermented with US ale yeast for a clean finish and easy drinkability.

Malts : Golden Promise™, T50 Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Dextrin Malt
Hops : T90 Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria. Whole leaf Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Mandarina Bavaria
Yeast : WLP001 American Ale Yeast

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