Beer Birthday: Anat Baron

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Today is the birthday of filmmaker Anat Baron, whose Beer Wars movie started people writing and talking about the beer business, from all sorts of angles, four years ago, and while it’s slowed down, the discussion has yet to have completely gone away. Or as Alan from A Good Beer Blog puts it, “joined to the long standing discussion about the beer business and added an interesting interpretation.” Love it or loathe it, it has certainly managed to capture people’s attention, and if that’s all it’s done, that’s still a huge positive to my way of thinking. But it’s also opened quite a few minds to what those of us who’ve been embedded in the beer business have known forever, which is how the business operates, where it’s fair and unfair, and what you can do as a consumer to support the beers and breweries you love. Join me in wishing Anat a very happy birthday.

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Anat behind the bar.

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Publicity photo for Beer Wars.

Beer In Film #66: Beer The Musical

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Today’s beer video is the trailer for Beer: The Musical, which is apparently a 30-minute animated musical that was created by Marshall Slayton in 2008. Here’s the description from YouTube. “Two friends locked in an epic struggle to fight the evil powers that seek to over tax their sole source of solace…beer. Oh yeah… there are songs too…” ANother sourcs says it’s “about two friends who are fighting against a corporate slum-bag’s attempt to overtax alcohol and bring their favorite pastime (drinking) to an end.” Ever heard of it? Me neither.

Beer In Film #65: The Big Lebowski — Lookin’ Out My Back Door

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In case you didn’t know, today is “The Day of the Dude,” a holiday in Dudeism, in honor of the cult classic, The Big Lebowski, so today’s beer video is a scene from the film. It’s one of the few in the movie in which Lebowski (played by Jeff Bridges) is drinking a beer, in this case the fictional Meichtry Draft Beer while driving and smoking a joint. The soundtrack to the scene is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” Abide.

Beer In Film #36: The Brewery Show Visits Blue Point

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Today’s beer video is a tour of the Blue Point Brewing Co. in Patchogue, New York by The Brewery Show. Given the announcement today that ABI is buying the brewery, I thought readers might be interested in seeing the brewery and learning more about it. It’s from season 2 of The Brewery Show and runs about twelve minutes.

Beer In Film #35: Beirut to Brooklyn

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Today’s beer video is short film of Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy explaining the reasons he left his job as a journalist to make beer. STeve also recently published his second beer book, The Craft Beer Revolution, this one on the history of craft beer from an insider’s perspective. The film was created by Transient Pictures for the brewery’s 25th anniversary.

Beirut to Brooklyn: The Origins of Brooklyn Brewery from Transient Pictures on Vimeo.

Beer In Film #21: Prohibition: The Forgotten Crusade

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Today’s beer video is a short film about prohibition and its effects. Entitled Prohibition: The Forgotten Crusade, it was created by Jared K. Productions. They originally uploaded it in 2007 but because it uses old footage, it looks much older than that, so when it was actually produced I can’t say.

Beer Film #18: The World In A Glass

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Today’s beer video originally aired on the History Channel, and appears to be part of a series, although I confess I don’t remember it at all. This episode of World in a Glass tackles beer. I’m not sure when it was produced, but it was long enough ago that Don Barkley was still working for Mendocino Brewing. It’s in English, although it’s subtitled throughout in, what is that: Greek? Enjoy.