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Genres: Documentary
Actors: Norman Adami , Anat Baron , Roberta Baskin , Jeff Becker , Simon Bergson , John Boehner , John Bryant , Betty Buck , August Busch III , August Busch IV , August Busch Jr. , Sam Calagione , Peter A. DeFazio , George Hacker , Steve Hoch
Director: Anat Baron
Country: United States
Year: 2009
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 (601 votes)

A contemporary David and Goliath story that takes you inside the cutthroat world of the big business of American beer.

Film Review

As a homebrewer for 20+ years, and big movie fan, it's hard to express how excited I was for Beer Wars – and how immensely letdown I was. A bumbling bitter tragedy of execution.There is such an exciting and amazing story left to be told about the burgeoning culture of craft beer, particularly on the US West Coast. What a missed opportunity – a complete "whiff" as far as I'm concerned.She chose to create a self-focused resume (a Dog Fish love letter) with the journalistic integrity and perspective of a weasel – an East Coast weasel – an East Coast whiny Liberal weasel. It's hard to imagine someone doing less with such a bountiful wide-open subject. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I actually despise that woman for her disservice to the craft of beer making.The irony is that every bumbling lunge at the beer industry big 3 is matched shot for shot with envy and jealousy by the groveling new players who want nothing less. The movie is not…

This documentary changed my views as to how my family and I should spend our money on beer. Avoid Anheuser-Busch because they do what is in their power to stop these small time brewers like Dogfish Head. They can control how the self's at stores are stocked; they bring lawsuits against brewers that are struggling to survive. As soon as a type of beer becomes a hot commodity they snatch it up and eliminate all of those opposing. I think the documentary did a great job of highlighting this and definitely changes my position on support certain companies. I will not support the following brands do to their affiliation with Anheuser-Busch Company, Rolling Rock, Widmer Bros, Bacardi, Wild Blue, Busch, Bud Light, Budweiser, and Natural Ice. Watch it and I am sure you will join me.

When this film begins, it's a bit misleading. I can forgive this, but the narrator talks as if the USA is THE beer-drinking capital of the world. And, while the USA has a huge corporate presence, American's, on average, are NOT that big on drinking beer–at least compared to several other beer-guzzling nations. No, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Germany FAR surpass the States when it comes to beer consumption. So, I am sorry, but although the craft beer industry has grown remarkably and Miller and Budweiser are big-name beers, we just aren't that into beer as a country. Two sources find the USA #13 in per capita beer consumption (Wikipedia and CNBC). So, take the opening remarks with a grain of salt.Now where the film gets it right is discussing how much of the US beer market is dominated by mega-corporations that market the heck out of their products. And, that there is a much, much smaller and less advertising-savvy craft beer market–but the deck is clearly stacked …

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