Blood, Sweat and Beer

A new documentary follows trials and tribulations in the craft beer industry.

unknown_400What does it take to create—and keep—your own successful craft brewery?

More than a couple of tanks and a handful of hops, that’s for sure.

Filmmakers and craft beer fans Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin started filming interviews in May of 2014, amassing footage of an interview list that reads like the “Who’s Who” of the craft beer industry. However, what started as a story about the continued rise of craft beer soon became more about the people behind the brews in the documentary film “Blood, Sweat and Beer,” currently in production.

Take, for example, Danny Robinson, located in Ocean City, MD, owner and brewer at what started as Shorebilly Brewing Co., now known as Backshore Brewing Co.

“We were instantly struck by his enthusiasm, his passion,” says Alexis Irvin, one of the filmmakers. “He was very candid and open and it’s a great story: following a startup in the first year of business.”

The filmmakers found that Robinson’s story took a different path than expected as he became embroiled in a legal battle that has been taken to the federal court; he’s still awaiting the verdict.

In Braddock, PA, three 23-year olds are endeavoring to open The Brew Gentlemen in a town that is struggling to make its own comeback. Their success—or failure—could be a tipping point for not only their own lives, but for the entire community.

“Yes, the film is about beer and the breweries, but it’s ultimately about entrepreneurship, about the hope that you put into something when you decide to take a risk and start a business,” explains Irwin. “I’m amazed by passion of these guys. I think running a brewery is the hardest job in the world after making this movie—it really is ‘Blood, Sweat, and Beers’.”

Hiden and Irvin, both 27-year-old Maryland natives, have a rough cut of Blood, Sweat, and Beer and need to raise $12,000 by November 2, 2014 on to fund the finishing costs of the film. You can learn more, watch the trailer, and donate here.

Other beer-minded films to put in your queue:

Beer Wars
Crafting a Nation
Strange Brew (just for fun)

What are your favorite beer movies? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: Blood, Sweat, and Beer

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