Summary : What Did You Think?
“Crafting A Nation”, directed and produced by Thomas Kolicko, is a great documentary for anyone who has ever thought that they might be interested in building and opening their own brewery or brewpub. While the film is a wonderful testament to the efforts of craft brewers throughout the United States and their positive impact on local economies, it can also be viewed as a cautionary tale to those who think that professional craft brewing might be an easy task.
“Crafting A Nation” follows Denver brothers Branden and Chad Miller as they, and their family, build Black Shirt Brewery. From financing the enterprise to dealing with unexpected obstacles such as proper water supply and meeting electrical codes, this movie places the stark realities of opening a brewpub in the limelight – expressed clearly through the fact that the only time you see the Miller brothers brewing is during a brief segment in the opening.
The Miller brothers’ story is contrasted throughout the film with interviews of established brewers – some who have been around for a while (Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company) and some who are also relatively new (Kevin Lemp of Fourhands Brewing Company, Scott Metzger of Freetail Brewing). The interviews provide insight into the motivations of all of these brewers and highlight two common attributes between them all – a passion for craft beer and a willingness to sacrifice for the opportunity to professionally brew.
The film’s balance between the Miller brothers and other craft brewers results in a truly enjoyable storytelling experience. The high quality and creative videography blends well with the director’s efforts in portraying craft brewers as artisans, and the soundtrack, played by an acoustic guitar, supports this as well. In sum, this film does a nice job of blending visual, audio and subject matter to successfully present the enthusiasm and industrialism of American craft brewers. After you view this documentary, there is no doubt that you will have an even greater appreciation for your local brewers and their creations.
“Crafting A Nation” was first publicly screened during American Craft Beer Week 2013 (May 13 – 19, 2013) and is now available for purchase on iTunes and on DVD at the website below. If you’d like to hold a screening, feel free to reach out to the CAN team through the website, http://www.janson.com/rights/2013/07/09/crafting-a-nation/