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“Oenophiles have SIDEWAYS and BOTTLE SHOCK; now their beer-loving counterparts can claim a film as their own. This truly American tale looks at the struggle between big breweries (Coors, Miller, and Budweiser) and their smaller competition (such as Dogfish Head) as the companies fight for shelf space and bar orders. Directed by Anat Baron, this documentary not only looks at the beer industry, but also examines the plight of small businesses in America.”
Rotten Tomatoes

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 your basic David and Goliath story (told through the eyes of two small entrepreneurs) with Baron as its peripatetic narrator and conscience, and while it’s a tad heavy-handed at times it’s also a pretty damning indictment of not just the beer industry but contemporary unfettered unregulated capitalism’s disturbing excesses. Given our current economic climate (not to mention the health care debate — the beer companies will definitely remind you of some of the current players in that little brouhaha) this is a film with all sorts of resonances beyond its immediate subject.” Boxoffice Magazine

“Beer Wars is the perfect kind of documentary, one that is both informative and enjoyable to watch in every sense the filmmaker intended. Not only that, it gives the viewer a new-found appreciation for the smaller companies that are attempting to make any kind of headway in a world dominated by only a few. Beer Wars is a triumphant mixture of style, information, and storytelling. Let’s just hope Baron’s interests do not stop at the world of alcohol.”
We Are Movie Geeks

“For those who are keeping the American dream alive, this spirited documentary raises a toast.”
St Louis Post-Dispatch

Beer Wars is thick with insight into one of the favorite adult beverages in the world. But filmmaker Anat Baron smartly gives us an American story–one with ironic bite and wit. Check out what you’re drinking. After watching Beer Wars, I’ll study more closely that paper label soaking up condensation on my favorite beer. Smaller just might be better….”

“A David and Goliath story pitting the country’s smallest brewers against the largest.” CNN

“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 was meant to be?” New Times

“BEER WARS has opened up a conversation that’s long been going on behind industry doors. An important step in changing some of the real issues independent brewers face in America today… Thanks to Baron and her film subjects, the biases, angles and facts are out on the table. Decide for yourself.” Mutineer Magazine

“This feature-length independent documentary goes behind the scenes of the U.S. beer industry, revealing the struggles of independent brewers and their battles against the corporate beer giants. Director and producer Anat Baron comes through with one of the most interesting and revealing films of the year. Pour a cold one and chug down some knowledge.” uncrate