Beer Documentaries

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RoyMaas, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. RoyMaas

    RoyMaas Initiate (52) Nov 22, 2017 Netherlands

    Hi all,

    I’m not sure if their is already a threat like this, if so please show me where and delete this one.

    I’ve seen a couple of documentaries like Grit and Grain: the story of Bourbon County Stout

    but would like to see more interesting stories about beer, breweries and the people behind the scene.

  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,477) Mar 7, 2013 Quebec (Canada)
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    All episodes of Michael Jackson's "The Beer Hunter" are on YouTube as far as I know. It is a little old, but still very worth watching. The episode about the US is really fun just to see how far things have come.
  3. kuhndog

    kuhndog Disciple (332) Sep 6, 2011 New York

    There are a lot on Amazon Prime video. At least 20+. Just search "beer". I like "Beerland" and "The Beer Jesus From America", both are made by Matt Sweetwood. Also "Crafting a Nation", "Kings of Beer", "Beer Wars", etc.
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  4. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (154) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    Youtube has a handful of shows, generally localized, specific to say Colorado or New England etc. Often they're ab out 15-25 minutes, meet the owners and brewers, get the history etc.
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  5. Pinz412

    Pinz412 Initiate (111) Nov 20, 2019 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for these. I've been meaning to watch Beer Wars on Prime, but had no idea there were so many others.
  6. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (11,583) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    I'd love to find the show the guys from BrewDog hosted. That was tons of fun!
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  7. FrankenMiller

    FrankenMiller Initiate (192) Mar 5, 2014 Florida

    Beerland is nearly unwatchable... Meg from Golden Road has absolutely no personality and is a detractor to this series. She has very little credibility, she was working in Marketing at Oskar Blues then some dude threw money at here to open GR in LA. From what i read from one of the OG brewers there she had very little to do with any of the recipes. She is a fraud and was doing the guy from AB that brokered the sale of GR.

    If you can find any of the BrewDog series on line, its worth a watch. At least they dont take themselves seriously at all.
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  8. Pinz412

    Pinz412 Initiate (111) Nov 20, 2019 Pennsylvania

    She is pretty much unwatchable for sure. I tried to watch the show on Viceland that she was hosting because I'm obviously interested in local beer culture in different areas. Everything she says is monotone, and she never seems excited about anything. It's just bad.
  9. kuhndog

    kuhndog Disciple (332) Sep 6, 2011 New York

    The "beerland" I'm talking about is this one . It's a documentary about beer in Germany. I agree that the "beerland" series, with Meg from Golden road, is absolutely terrible!
  10. teromous

    teromous Poo-Bah (2,627) Mar 21, 2010 Virginia
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    The Beer Hunter (series) - Michael Jackson (not the musician): One of my personal favorites, although it's from the late 80's.

    Beer Culture the Movie (2013) - It's pretty short but there's some good insight and personal stories.

    Beer Wars (2009) - Probably one of the more popular documentaries about the beer industry.

    Beertickers Beyond the Ale (2009) - UK movie about ticking off beer. There are some people who have been doing it long before smartphones so it's pretty interesting.

    How Beer Saved the World (2011) - Another one that's probably pretty popular. It goes into beer origin theory.

    A Conversation with Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter (2016) - Shelton Brothers movie with Michael Jackson from 2007 before he passed away.

    World in a Glass of Beer (History Channel, 2015) - More historical information about brewing.

    Beerland (series) - Homebrewing "gone pro" competition show with Meg Gill.

    Brew Masters - Dogfish Head show. Goes into some history about how DFH came up with their beer ideas.

    Brew Dogs - Brewdog show. They tour some places. Information vs. sensationalism is hit or miss.
  11. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (412) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Wasn't there also Beer Geeks, with The head brewmaster from BJ's brewhouse, Michael Ferguson, I think his name is?
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  12. BeerGeekExtraordinaire

    BeerGeekExtraordinaire Initiate (32) Mar 6, 2020 Illinois

    Go find "The Story Of The Spotted Cow" on You Tube about New Glarus. It is a neat story.
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  13. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,738) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    If you want a more entertainment-oriented, light program, try the Mike Rowe "How Booze Built America" series.
  14. DiUr

    DiUr Initiate (194) Aug 14, 2014 Spain

    There is a recent Spanish documentary about lambic which looks great. The soundbites in the trailer might feel superficial for a connaisseur, but still can´t wait to watch it (I missed a screening at my local a few months ago).

  15. hottenot

    hottenot Aspirant (299) Aug 13, 2018 North Carolina

    How stuff works not bad. Good Narration.

    How things used to be in the bar scenes.

    How I miss it already.
    #15 hottenot, Mar 29, 2020
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2020
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  16. RoyMaas

    RoyMaas Initiate (52) Nov 22, 2017 Netherlands

    I’ve contacted them and they are working on a way to rent the movie online. Waiting on that one, just as Bottle Condition also about Lambics.
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  17. JSullivan

    JSullivan Initiate (38) Aug 18, 2010 Massachusetts

    I found the series "James May Drinks to Britain" ("Oz and James Drink to Britain" in the UK) very entertaining.
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  18. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,122) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Nice suggestion, I’ve never seen that one.

    They should make a “Richard Hammond drinks to America” version (lame Top Gear joke, I know :joy:)
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  19. RoyMaas

    RoyMaas Initiate (52) Nov 22, 2017 Netherlands

    I’m not sure if the old ones at on their, but if you go to the brewdog network on YouTube you will find new episodes. Watched the LA episode yesterday and it’s funny.
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  20. beerthulhu

    beerthulhu Poo-Bah (4,443) Jan 14, 2008 New Jersey

    though a bit older, "American Beer" offered some interesting interviews and insight to the early breweries such as SN, DFH, Bells, Sam Adams, as well others.
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  21. imtroy703

    imtroy703 Disciple (388) Nov 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    "Beer-n-BBQ by Larry" on youtube.
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