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LunowDate: Thursday, 2011-12-29, 2:01 PM | Message # 1
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With her entertaining documentary, Anat Baron ushers viewers into the backrooms and breweries of the ultracompetitive beer industry and reveals what it takes for independent brewers to compete with the corporate giants who dominate the business. With a background that includes a successful career as a Hollywood producer and a stint as the general manager of Mike's Hard Lemonade Co., Baron is uniquely suited to tackle this subject matter. - from Netflix

I really struggled about whether to put this movie on the list for you to watch. So, as a disclaimer, I DO NOT ENDORSE UNDERAGE DRINKING. This movie is not an advertisement to start drinking beer. It is an interesting portrayal of American culture through the beers that people drink.

While the movie deals with beer, it is primarily concerned with the difficulties small beer producers have in competing with the big established three Coors, Miller, and Budweiser). This movie could just have easily been included in the Economic Geography Unit, because it discusses how large businesses conspire to make sure that small companies can not compete in the marketplace. In this case, the distribution of beer favors the big three.

In addition to being about economics, the movie also focuses on the political influence that the big beer lobby has in Washington, D.C. (Congress).

I found this movie a fascinating look at how beer companies control American politics and economics. It is well worth watching.

Finally, wait until you are 21 before you start drinking.
 
caitynDate: Tuesday, 2015-04-07, 9:45 PM | Message # 2
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This was honestly a very interesting documentary on how something like the beer industry could play a big role in the United States. Beer is a symbol of being a "true American" , beer goes with any sport, any game, any show, literally almost everyone has to do something with a beer on the side. As Anat Barron was comparing how the small craft beer companies and the big corporate companies (Millers,Coors,Anheuser-Busch) work , things get pretty spicy as the tension between the companies brew.  tongue

One thing that was they key difference between the big corporate companies and the small craft companies was that one was all about the money and selling their stuff, and the other had passion in making beer and cared about the quality of the beer. The big corporate companies don't care how they make it or what they make, as long as people buy it then they're okay with it, they try to get as much self space as they can so they can seem superior over everyone else. The craft brewers are struggling to express to the public how beer SHOULD be, not some cheap bland drink, it should have unique tastes and strong flavors, an American shouldn't be doing their activities with a bland beer, the United States needs to wake up and see that the big corporate companies are really just imitations of themselves. America needs diversity.

Who knew that Beer was involved in politics! The big corporate companies sponsor the presidential campaign and they have people from the senate who represent their company in politics. That's an advantage that the big corporate companies have because its easier for them to wipe out the small craft companies who are trying to make a living off of brew beer. I'd give this film a 3/5, it caught my attention and it was a unique topic, but it had the same concept of how big companies only care about money and the small companies care about quality, much like food inc.

Caitlin Nguyen Per.6


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{DylanNguyen}Date: Sunday, 2015-04-12, 8:11 PM | Message # 3
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This documentary was pretty good. It starts off with big beer corporation being challenged by small beer company who is creating new innovative beers making it hard for other company to keep up with.Beers is something that people love cause it brings you joy and is a symbol in America. This is related to Human Geography because of political campaign between company battling it out to see who can make the best beer.

Overall, I give this documentary a 4.5/5 cause the topic wasn't boring.
 
19knguyen33Date: Saturday, 2016-04-16, 4:32 PM | Message # 4
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Kirby Nguyen - Period 2

    Beer Wars is a documentary that shows us the difficulties that small beer industries have to go through. One of these difficulties is trying to survive and compete with larger beer industries that have more money for advertisements and can easily buy out the smaller industries. In the documentary the small beer industries Moonshot and Dogfish struggle to compete with larger industries like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors. The smaller industries take passion and care about the quality of the beers that they brew while large industries just care about the amount of customers and the amount of money they make. This documentary can relate to culture in Human Geography. Beer is mentioned as America's beverage in the documentary and is made such a big deal over in the industries and even politics. Overall, the documentary was interesting in some parts but very boring in other parts. I would give this documentary a 3/5 because of how painful it was to sit and get lectured about the politics and the three tier system of beer.


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