With the current abundance of good will towards craft beer, opening a brewery seems a bit like printing your own cash. Though there are a zillion of them already (I counted), its rare to find a brand-new brewery having difficulty moving beer or filling taproom stools. According to the Makers Association, 615 craft breweries opened in 2014 nationally, and simply 45 closed. Naturally, breweries are not immune to the monetary and governmental difficulties pestering every business. And in Blood, Sweat, and Beer, a documentary that premiered in your area during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, that battle concerns the huge screen.
The film follows two breweries as they enter the roiling waters of American craft beer. Though filmmakers Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin hail from Washington, DC, one of those breweries is Braddocks have Brew Gentlemen. The couple met founders Asa Foster and Matt Katase at an exam to become beers comparable of a sommelier. They were the youngest individuals we had ever met who were starting a brewery, says Irvin. Once Hiden and Irvin learned of the Brew Gentlemens objective to revitalize the stunning mess up of Braddock, they were hooked. We understoodWe understood we had our story, adds Irvin.
The filmmakers followed the Brew Gentlemen, shooting the long hours of planning, building and stressing that go into opening a brewery. (Brew Gentleman opened last Might.) They likewise tracked the story of Danny Robinson, whose Maryland brewery Shorebilly became stuck in a trademark claim. All in all, Hiden and Irvin shot more than 500 hours of footage, consisting of interviews with the nations leading brewers, and whittled it down into a stylish, 70-minute peek into the world of American craft beer.
Blood, Sweat, and Beer simply covered a run at Rowhouse Cinema. The response to the screening was fantastic, said Irvin. We had loadslots of positive feedback. If you missed it, not to worry: Follow the project online (bloodsweatbeermovie.vhx.tv) for future screenings and news on the official release, slated for late 2015.