Blood, Sweat, and Beer

New Documentary Explores Struggles Behind the Golden Age of American Craft Beer

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Blood, Sweat, and Beer is a new feature-length documentary exploring the explosive growth the U.S. craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries. There will be a free screening of Blood, Sweat, and Beer at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. on Friday June 26 at 7 p.m.

Blood, Sweat, and Beer 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 business is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him penniless.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. recently settled a trademark lawsuit with Vermont brewery, Long Trail Brewing. Long Trail alleged the logo (a hiker with a stick) on Bent Paddle’s “trail beer” series used a logo that was “virtually indistinguishable” from the Long Trail logo. As a result of the lawsuit, Bent Paddle changed their logo.

Related: Bent Paddle Trademark Action Resolved: Amicable Arrangement ends Action and Benefits Trails

Blood, Sweat, and Beer was made entirely by two people from Silver Spring, MD. Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin were the directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, and chief beer tasters for the film. The couple has dated for seven years. This is their second documentary.Hiden and Irvin 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 Brewers Association, Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and many more.

Since March 2015, Blood, Sweat, and Beer has been screening at film festivals and independent venues across the U.S. This summer, Hiden and Irvin will take Blood, Sweat, and Beer on a 30+ city national brewery screening tour.

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