stlflagIt seems like only yesterday that I got a message on Twitter that there were was a group of documentary film makers rolling into town to capture some of what it is that makes the St. Louis beer scene special. Hard to believe it was actually January 2012 that I got a chance to hook up with and share a few beers with the Crafting a Nation crew as they visited some of our town’s breweries and beer bars to include in their film.

A year and a half and a lot of hard work later, the movie is complete and ready to be enjoyed with a beer in hand. On Thursday, July 18th MX Movies will host the St. Louis premiere of Crafting a Nation. Doors will open at 6:30 and showtime is at 7:30. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

After the film there will be a short Q & A session with director Thomas Kolicko and a special guest. There will also be an after party next door at Pi MX starting at 9:15 that will include a welcome pizza tasting buffet and Happy Hour pricing on all local craft beers.

Filmed by Free Mind Productions, from Denver, CO, Crafting a Nation covers economic recovery and the American Dream via the booming craft beer industry. The film visits craft breweries in 15 locations including St Louis, along with following a new Colorado brewery from idea to grand opening. The movie shows these breweries as they finish construction, launch their brands, and open to the public, and focuses on the struggles and triumphs of small business owners.

Crafting A Nation tells stories of local economies, where a brewery serves as a catalyst to a chain reaction which occurs from breweries revitalizing a section of a city and providing jobs, and the resulting domino effect that follows with other small businesses that work together to succeed as a result of the brewery.

Along with following Black Shirt Brewing Company on their journey to open in Colorado, the film intertwines plenty of footage and interviews with St. Louis brewery folk. 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, Schlafly, The Civil Life, and Perennial are all featured and tell their story about coming to be in the town that only a few years ago was dominated by a behemoth.

While I don’t want to give too much of the film away, I especially enjoyed a long scene in which many of our town’s brewers sat at a round table in the cellar of The Tap Room and discussed what it meant to be a part of what was happening in the local beer scene. Another great part about the film is that it is not preachy. They aren’t trying to tell us what to think or what to drink.

Come out, grab a pint at your seat, and see what craft beer is doing for our city and our country. Who knows you may even have a cameo in the film.