In 1998 there were less than 1,500 breweries in the United States - now there are over 7,000. Brewmaster tells the story of the rise of craft beer through two young men pursuing their dreams in the world of beer.

Drew is a New York lawyer who wants to start his own brewery. He uses every free moment to make this a reality while preparing for a pitch with a potential investor. Brian, an ex-telemarketer, is studying to become a Master Cicerone - the beer equivalent of a sommelier - which requires taking a test only 13 people have ever passed.

Set in the craft beer community, the film features successful brewers Sam Calagione, John and Jen Kimmich, Jim Koch, Garrett Oliver and Rob Tod.

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Douglas Tirola



Director: Douglas Tirola
Executive Producer: Ryan Krivoshey & Andy Marks
Producer: Susan Bedusa, Danielle Rosen, Douglas Tirola
Screenwriter: Douglas Tirola
Editor: Danny Dorst
Principal Cast: Drew Kostic, Brian Reed, Garrett Oliver, John and Jen Kimmich, Jim Koch, Sam Calagione, Rob Tod
Additional Credits: Production Coordinator: Steven Murphy


Public Film Contact
Susan Bedusa
4th Row Films
Publicity Contact
Ryan Werner
(212) 204-7979
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 93:06 mins