Maybe it was the poignant piano music, or maybe just all those scenes of delicious craft beer being brewed, but I found myself getting a little teary-eyed during the trailer of Blood, Sweat, & Beer: A Craft Beer Documentary, which screens at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Being someone on the consumer side of the craft beer wave (albeit with occasional behind-the-scene access), it’s sometimes easy to take for granted all the hard work, risk and dedication that goes into brewing beer for a living. As the film illustrates with its story of The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company – an upstart brewing operation in the failing steel town of Braddock, PA – a craft brewery can help to revitalize a depleted downtown area and create more than just a buzz from the beer, but an economic buzz as well. Blood, Sweat, & Beer is sure to pull at the tap handles of your heart or at the very least send you running to your local craft brewery for a taste of the good stuff.
Take a look at the documentary trailer:
A pre-screening happy hour with celebrity bartender and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year candidate Philip Given, and appearances by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin – the directors of Blood, Sweat, & Beers – takes place at Holy Hound taproom from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Blood, Sweat, & Beers screens at the Strand-Capitol at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the directors takes place on the stage immediately following the screening of the film. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This event is part of PhilanthroBeer Week – a series of fundraising events for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central PA. Use the hashtag #IDrinkBecauseICare while you’re out celebrating.