I've been a bartender for four and a half years, specifically providing service for events of all shapes and sizes, including many whiskey-related parties – tastings, product launchings, etc. I more recently started in at a new bourbon bar. I know a little something about whiskey. When bourbon – or whiskey in general (because our ultimate topic today is not bourbon, after all) – ages in its barrels, there is evaporation of the product over the years. (This is part of why the older a bottle of whiskey, the more expensive it is – the same initial production cost yields less product.) This is called the angels' share, the idea being that the evaporated whiskey has been taken as tribute by heavenly beings who appreciate a good drink.
Today's topic: Scottish film The Angels' Share by filmmaker Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley). Paul Brannigan stars as Robbie, a fellow just sentenced to 300 hours of community service. He is also a new father and determined to turn over a new leaf (and by the way, where does that expression come from? it's kind of weird). Meanwhile, he and his friends visit a whisky distillery (notice the lack of “e” - that's the Scottish spelling) and form a plan to start their lives anew: they will jack a barrel of very rare and valuable Scotch which is coming in for auction.
Village 8 presents The Angels' Share as the newest installment in the Louisville Exclusives series. The film is scheduled to run until next Thursday, May 23. Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.
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