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Saturday, April 07, 2007

The American Brew: Here's to Beer

If you enjoy beer or have an interest in American history, you will want to tune in A&E tonight at 10 p.m. (EDT) to catch the debut of The American Brew.

I got an advance copy of this documentary yesterday from Anheuser-Busch, the company that has been backing the Here's to Beer campaign. I was not sure what to expect, but found myself impressed by the quality of the program and the fact A-B is more than even handed in giving screen time to Miller, Coors, Pabst, Anchor and a host of other breweries. The film is loaded with great interviews and tells the story of beer in America -- from the Mayflower to modern brewpubs.

One of my favorite things about The American Brew is its use of the brewing demonstration at Colonial Williamsburg to illustrate how basic the making of beer is and how important it was to early American life.

Directed by Roger Sherman, the DVD includes 42 minutes of extra material that is very much worth watching. You can buy the DVD on the www.herestobeer.com website for $5.49, plus shipping.

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