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The American Brew

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A documentary about the rich and surprising history of beer in America rich history of America's favorite beverage of moderation. From colonial settlers, through the rise of microbrewers and developments in brewing technologies, "The American Brew" … see full wiki

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America and Beer: A Storied History

  • Jul 23, 2010
America and beer have a rich, storied, and intertwined history. Beginning with the earliest settlers, beer played an important role. For example, in the 1600's, beer was being brewed in Jamestown, VA. The governor of Jamestown wrote the King of England asking for two brewers, as he knew that the colony would not survive without beer. In fact, everyone drank some form of beer, from children to adults. The reason? It was safer to drink than milk or water, people got sick from drinking them, but the harmful bacteria could not survive the brewing process.

The history of beer in America is illustrated in an entertaining and fascinating fashion in the documentary, The American Brew: The Rich and Surprising History of Beer. Starting with the earliest European settlers, to the influx of German immigrants, Prohibition, and the rise of craft brewing, the film will give you an appreciation for the beverage as well as a lesson in American history that is not taught in any classroom. Whether your beer of choice is mass produced or craft brewed, there is something for everyone in this film. Schlitz, Miller, Anheuser-Busch, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada, Stoudt's, Yuengling, and more are all represented in this documentary. Archival footage, reenactments of early brewing techniques, interviews with interesting people, and, of course, beer, make this a film not to be missed by anyone remotely interested in American history or beer.

The American Brew has some extras that add color and more detail to the film. From the inception and growth of Stoudt's Brewery, to Michael Jackson, world renowned beer critic, to the rebirth of Anchor Steam, the extras are not to be missed. The hour spent watching the film will go by quickly, causing you to have a new appreciation for beer (and history), and you may find yourself heading to the refrigerator to grab a cold beer. Highly recommended for the beer lover and those that want a different view of history.

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