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What I learned from the White House Beer Summit

  1. The mainstream media knows absolutely nothing about who makes what beer.
  2. The same media didn’t understand why craft brewers were upset over the beer choices, especially Bud Light (see #1).
  3. Most Americans didn’t care about the beers themselves.
  4. Some Americans did care about who made the beers.
  5. Many of the small brewers who made media appearances used it as an opportunity to promote their own breweries as opposed to the community.
  6. There wasn’t much opposition to the idea of the BEER Summit from the anti-alcohol folks.
  7. The story was played out as soon as the beer choices were revealed.
  8. It was a one-note story that didn’t lead to a bigger conversation. Yawn.
Oenophiles have SIDEWAYS and BOTTLE SHOCK; now their beer-loving counterparts can claim a film as their own.
- Rotten Tomatoes
A David and Goliath story pitting the country's smallest brewers against the largest.
Beer Wars: Brewed in America, is an eye-opening, funny and righteously infuriating documentary by first-time filmmaker Anat Baron. Her film (think of it as Suds: A Love Story) is also a pretty damning indictment of not just the beer industry but contemporary unfettered unregulated capitalism's disturbing excesses.
- Box Office Magazine
In Beer Wars, entrepreneurialism and opportunity go awry when tainted by greed and a thirst for power.
- Los Angeles Times
Beer Wars certainly raises some interesting questions, the most potent of which is, is this what capitalism is meant to be?
- New Times
For those who are keeping the American dream alive, this spirited documentary raises a toast.
- St Louis Post-Dispatch
A trenchant analysis unapologetic in its rebuke of Big Beer, Beer Wars is heartily recommended for patrons already inclined to opt for the local brew at every tap. It will also appeal to patrons interested in craft foods as well as homebrewed beer and wine and others particular about quality.
- Library Journal