American Beer (film)

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American Beer: A Bockumentary
American Beer film poster.jpg
Directed by Paul Kermizian
Produced by Paul Kermizian
Starring Jeremy Goldberg
Paul Kermizian
Jon Miller
Robert Purvis
Richard Sterling
Cinematography Jon Miller
Edited by Paul Kermizian
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

American Beer is a 2004 feature-length documentary directed by Paul Kermizian that chronicles and documents the American craft brewing industry. The film was shot in the spring of 2002. Kermizian and a group of four left New York City and traveled by minivan across the United States visiting 38 craft and independent breweries in 40 days.[1][2]

Breweries featured in the film include Dogfish Head Brewery, Shipyard Brewing, Victory Brewing Company, McNeill's Brewery, Climax Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing Company, New Glarus Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Bell's Brewery and others.

The film screened at various film festivals throughout 2004 and 2005[3] and was released on DVD towards the end of 2005. A special edition of the DVD released shortly afterward contains more than 80 minutes of deleted scenes from breweries featured in the film along with other scenes deleted from the original cut.

As a result, from their experiences from the film, Paul Kermizian ended up opening Barcade, a chain of hybrid arcade and craft beer bars in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia,[4] and Jeremy Goldberg started a brewery called Cape Ann Brewing in Gloucester, Massachusetts.[5]

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