Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Not to be confused with Beerfest Asia
, the rocking beer festival that occurs every year in Singapore, Beerfest is a 2006 comedy film that teaches us that drinking beer isn't just a social activity among friends, it is something you grab by the balls and dominate or die trying. For any beer-lovers who have not caught the film yet, what on earth are you waiting for? Meanwhile, you may entertain yourself with these Beerfest trivia.
1. In order, the drinking games played in Beerfest are: Volume Chug, Beer Pong, Trick Quarters, Long Pour, Mexican, Volume Funnel, Bat Spin, and Depth Charge. The championship round includes Distance Quarters, Monkey Chug, Beirut, Beer Pong Round 2, Thumper, Turbo Quarters, and the Line Chug ending with “Das Boot”.
2. The scenes that showed the actors chugging down their beers are real! They did drink beer on-set, but of course it was non-alcoholic O'Doul's beer.
3. When scenes called for darker beers, the film-makers simply added Diet Coke.
4. Although the movie was set in Colorado and Germany, the cast didn't really go there at all, instead Beerfest was filmed in Albuquerque.
5. The kick-ass brains behind Beerfest, the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, were all fraternity brothers of Beta Theta Pi at Colgate University (though the troupe’s original name was “Charred Goosebeak,” a troupe which still exists at Colgate to this day). In addition to Beerfest, the troupe has made four other movies: Puddle Cruiser, Super Troopers, Club Dread, and The Slammin’ Salmon. The film adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard is an unofficial Broken Lizard movie; it features all five members and was directed by member Jay Chandrasekhar (who also directed Beerfest).
6. When Jan Wolfhouse (Paul Soter) and Todd Wolfhouse (Eric Stolhanske) are being led to the underground Beerfest party, the remaining members of Broken Lizard make cameos as the weird group of people bothering them before they enter. Kevin Heffernan is the old woman, Jay Chandrasekhar is the blind sheik, and Steve Lemme is the creepy dancing guy.
7. Chandrasekhar intentionally made Jan and Todd’s shadowy journey down to Beerfest look similar to scenes from one of the comedy troupe’s favorite movies – the Jean Claude Van Damme classic, Bloodsport.
8. The underground stadium where the Beerfest games take place was actually shot in an abandoned car dealership’s warehouse.
9. The actors who played the hilariously named Hammacher and Schlemmer were both veterans of the Mr. Universe contest. Ralf Möller previously appeared in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, while Beerfest marked Gunter Schlierkamp’s film debut.
10. The actors actually played beer pong for real. Every beer pong shot in the movie, except for the inal acrobatic shot by Jay Chandrasekhar, was a successful beer pong shot made by the cast.
11. “Das Boot” really translates to “the boat” in German, not “the boot.” Actor Jurgen Prochnow, who plays the evil Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen in Beerfest, appeared in Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 submarine thriller film Das Boot as the Captain. Oddly enough, the joke involving the submarine in Beerfest was in the script before Prochnow was cast.
12. Actor Will Forte was in his fourth year at SNL when he played Otto, one of the evil German brothers in Beerfest. Another brother, Rolf, was played by actor and writer Nat Faxon, who later went on to win an Academy Award for co-writing the screenplay to the film The Descendants.
13. Steve Lemme who plays Fink in Beerfest had to keep his perm for up to three months even after the film wrapped up just in case there were any scenes that needed a reshoot. He had the same three inches of his head shaved every day too to make it look like he had a receding hairline. His character's hair was humorously inspired by Sean Penn's character from the film Carlito's Way.
14. The disclaimer that kicks off the movie was added after production wrapped when the studio demanded it.
15. At the end of Beerfest, there was a joke about a sequel called Potfest. There initially was no intention of making a sequel but due to huge demand, they have decided to turn the joke into reality. Director Chandrasekhar has stated that fans have clamored for the film to such an extent that Broken Lizard is actually developing the movie. Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Cheech Marin have all reportedly agreed to appear in the potential sequel.