A lot of us have these quaint ideas about how the beer industry works—it’s what commercials have taught us. The truth is that it’s a bloody, cut-throat battle. Beer Wars is a documentary that explores all of it… and makes you thirsty.
It’s a David and Goliath story, with the emerging micro-breweries taking on the big two (Bud and MillerCoors). Did you know that eighty percent of the beer made in the United States is controlled by two companies? Did you know that most people who claim that Bud, Coors, or Miller is their favorite drink actually can’t tell the difference between them? Did you know that there are over 37,000 laws pertaining specifically to beer? Did you know that the U.S. is the only country to use a three-tier distribution system for alcohol, making it vastly most susceptible to unsavory business tactics?
Despite the tons of knowledge you’ll walk away with, it’s also a really fun movie, and it’ll really make you want to sip a beer and reflect. You can stream it on Netflix Instant and from most cable companies with On Demand, and you can rent it from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.
(Note: Moonshot, which is mentioned a lot in the movie, no longer exists due to the regulations the FDA imposed on alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine, in the wake of Four Loko madness.)