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Beer Pioneers™

Beer Pioneers

Beer Pioneers

Beer Pioneers (f.k.a. The American Craft Brewing Revolution) is a feature-length documentary film directed by Jay Sheveck about the recent history of beer in North America and the United Kingdom. The film reveals the candid and personal stories behind the revival of craft brewing (the return to traditional brewing methods and use of classic ingredients) through the resurgence of microbreweries. The narrative examines many of the milestones of good beer movement by re-visiting dozens of historic breweries and exploring the people, places and events of historic significance. Through intimate interviews, the successes and struggles of the early pioneers are re-told on-camera by many of the Pioneers themselves.

The Story

By 1933 the United States and Canada had both repealed their Prohibitions of beer and wine. Sadly, the new beers hardly deviated from one style: an effervescent pale lager that was light in body, color and flavor. There was hardly anything that distinguished one beer from another. By limiting variety large brewing conglomerates and national brands dominated the markets in the U.S. and Canada, and though not as severe, in Great Britain as well.

THE REVIVAL: In 1965, a small brewery in San Francisco was rescued from closure, and by 1968 it reintroduced its flagship beer as a 100-percent malt beer. The brewery was the Steam Beer Brewing Company, and the beer was Anchor Steam. America finally had its first distinctive traditional beer since Prohibition.

THE RENAISSANCE: From the late 1970s through the 1990s beer experienced a renaissance: full-flavored "boutique" ales and lagers appeared on the landscape...hand-crafted in small batches by artisans in tiny breweries. Began by Anchor's model approach to its traditional beers, along with the resilience of Jack McAuliffe and his hand-built "micro-brewery" called New Albion, and an ever-growing number of homebrewers on the home front, and influenced by Campaign for Real Ale movement in the U.K., the good beer movement gained momentum.

This new craft beer wasn't an easy sell. Early craft brewers struggled to change the public's perception of American beer and the big breweries protected their territory. Even so, craft brewers fought the uphill battle, and found their audience. During this craft brewing revolution: microbreweries reappeared, homebrewing was legalized, and brewpubs were born and flavorful real beer was re-introduced to the consumer in nearly one hundred different styles.

THE REVOLUTION: Today, craft-beer and microbreweries have been fully integrated within modern culture, even if still at a drop of the Big Brewers' market share! More breweries have opened (and have stayed open) since the last peak in the late 1800s--and most of these newcomers today are producing traditional or experimental beers!

The Documentary

So, who brought flavorful beer from relative obscurity to the masses? What do we really know about the early trailblazers? How did they create this movement? Who are these beer pioneers?

Looking back at this special time in history, Beer Pioneers™ explores the history and evolution of craft brewing in North America and the United Kingdom, from the earliest pioneering ventures like: Anchor, Traquair House, the Campaign for Real Ale (CamRA), New Albion, Merchant du Vin, the American Homebrewers Association and the Maltose Falcons, to the modern incarnations and spin-offs like micro-pubs, brewers guilds, brew-on-premises and beer hotels. The documentary takes an in-depth look at the people, places and events behind the early grassroots efforts of the good beer renaissance and today's thriving craft brewing revolution.

Filmed over a 21-year period, director Jay Sheveck interviewed many of the early pioneers and revisited dozens of historic breweries and events that helped shape the modern day craft brewing industry. In all, Jay filmed over 117 interviews and 300-plus hours of footage on broadcast-quality Betacam and HD. Archival photos, films and breweriana compliment the narrative, shedding even more light upon the earliest days.

Beer Pioneers™ reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the Craft Brewing Revolution unlike anyone has before. The final feature-length documentary will debut in 2016 and travel on the film festival circuit thereafter.

It's about the beer!

The Cast

Final billing for the theatrical release is still pending, but 117 people were interviewed for this film!

Quick Sheet

Title:Beer Pioneers
Alt Titles:The American Craft Brewing Revolution, The Craft Brewing Revolution
TRT:Approx. 180 minutes
About: Beer Pioneers is a documentary film about the history of craft brewing in North America and in the U.K. as told by the Pioneers themselves.
Status: In Post-Production / Additional Photography
Delivery Date: October 2016
Format:HD Video
Directed by:Jay Sheveck
Written by:Jay Sheveck
Dir of Photog.John Frontuto
Edited by:Darren Ayres
Cast:Bert Grant, Bill Owens, Byron Burch, Charles Finkel, Charlie Papazian, David Hummer, Fred Eckhardt, Fritz Maytag, Garrett Oliver, Garith Helm, Jack McAuliffe, Jim Koch, Jim Schlueter, Judy Ashworth, Ken Grossman, Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society, Mary Thompson, Matthew Reich, Michael Jackson, Pete Slosberg, Vinnie Cilurzo and others.
Production:Beer Guppy Multimedia, Burbank, Calif.
Web Site:www.BeerPioneersMovie.com
Fan Sites:FaceBook

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