If you've not yet had a chance to be inspired by visiting a craft brewery, if you've not had a chance to hear one of the many great stories that seems part and parcel to almost every brewery, or if you've not found yourself on brewery burnout after spending too much time drinking too many beers at too many breweries in too short a time, then American Beer is a must-see movie for you. And if you have experienced these things, well, then it's still a must see.
The movie is a documentary of a couple of friends who visit almost 40 breweries over 40 days, which is no easy feat. There are many breweries that never get any notable mention in the movie, which is a bit disappointing, but I don't think anyone can deny that the handful that get most of the air time are more than worthy.
I'm a bit ashamed to admit it, and I certainly don't mean any offense, but I was very surprised at seeing Larry Bell in the flick. In my mind's-eye Larry Bell was a 7 foot tall, bearded, bear-of-a-man who probably slept with my mom and is on the lam from the coppers. Turns out he's a...well, rather dorkish, normal looking dude. I wasn't disappointed by this. Just surprised. And encouraged. Hell, I'm a dorkish, normal looking dude who doesn't have any real redeeming qualities. Maybe he did sleep with my mom after all and I'm just his progeny???