Friday, December 23, 2011

Beer People, A documentary

Beer People from Alan Torres on Vimeo.

Just saw this on Tim Chilcote's Blog and I'm reposting it because it's so freaking awesome.

Some thoughts:

Michigan makes awesome beer.

I think we make such awesome beer because of our climate, our awesome agricultural land and diversity of crops and our history of manufacturing and craftspersonship.

Wow, not a ton of women represented in the documentary. Seems like the craft brewing industry is hella dominated by dudes.

Man, Michigan's distributor laws suck. If our state government is going to try to make a better business environment in Michigan, maybe they could do something useful and reform the distributor laws instead of just being bigots.

The title "Beer People" makes me think of that map of the US were Michigan is labeled "Drunk Lake People." Perhaps we should change it to say "Proud to be Drunk Lake People."


  1. MI does make awesome beer. I have never met a turd brewer (home or professional)...and yes, there aren't a ton of women in the industry yet. Interestingly (to me at least) is that brewing started out as a "woman's job", back in the day.

  2. Michigan's sucky distributorship laws are one of the reasons the late lamented Leopold Bros bolted for Colorado. That, and their idiot landlord.

  3. I am aware of the lack of female representation in the documentary. Believe me, my inability to get a good female interview bothered me all though out editing. Luckily an interview with Bell's Laura Bell might make it into a second cut.

  4. @Alan,

    The comment about lack of female representation was more a general observation about the craft brewing scene, not a critique of the film. It's great to hear that there is a second cut coming. I'm really excited.

  5. Tom is exactly right...I still mourn Leopolds :(
    I'm glad to hear about a second cut, as well! Yay Alan!