Blood, Sweat, and Beer - New Documentary Explores Struggles Behind Golden Age of American Craft Beer

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Dream Share Productions recently launched a Kickstarter campaign and released a trailer for Blood, Sweat, and Beer, a new independent documentary about the booming U.S craft beer industry.

Blood, Sweat, and Beer is a feature-length documentary exploring the explosive growth of the craft beer industry, and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries.

The film follows a trio of 23-year-olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company in Braddock, PA. Matt, Asa, and Brandon hope their brewery will help this once-prosperous steel town bounce back from decades of neglect, violence, and population loss.

The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson (Shorebilly Brewing Co./Backshore Brewing Co.), an Ocean City, MD boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him penniless.

In addition to following these stories, the film explores the massive cultural and economic impact of craft beer in the United States. In 2013, U.S. craft beer sales rose 17.2% and 366 breweries opened their doors.

Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden, the co-directors/producers, filmed for 15 months in 14 states across the U.S.. The pair interviewed over 100 breweries and beer experts including: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Charlie Papazian, founder of the Brewer’s Association, Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and many more.

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 Kickstarter.com to cover the finishing costs of the film.

To learn more, watch the trailer, and donate to the Kickstarter, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/228022266/blood-sweat-and-beer

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