Sunday, August 23, 2009

It's a documentary about beer. What more do I need to say?

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
--Dave Barry

Last night, after a delicious pizza dinner, the spouse and I watched Beer Wars, a most excellent documentary about... beer, specifically about the "war" between the big guys (mainly Anheuser-Busch) and the little guys (mainly Dogfish Head).

I wrote briefly about the film, which was written by friend of a friend (hi Amy!) Anat Baron, a beer industry insider (she was general manager of mike’s hard lemonade) here. And like most (all) of you, I didn't get a chance to see it when it was shown for one night only back in April. So I was THRILLED to find out that the DVD, available only on the Beer Wars Movie website, was now available and promptly bought one. (If you use the coupon code YELP0626, you should get 20 percent off the price. Btw, all proceeds go to support the independent filmmaker and help bring much needed exposure to some great little and medium-sized brewers and beers, including my beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale, which you still cannot get in the Northeast -- and the movie tells you why.)

If you like a good beer and/or you like a good documentary, I highly recommend you buy the Beer Wars DVD. (It also makes a lovely gift.) Just be sure to have a six pack of your favorite American microbrew handy (and maybe some pizza or pretzels) when you watch it as the film will make you very, very thirsty.

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