August 19, 2011 It’s fairly common knowledge that Portland, Oregon is well known for its beer and micro-breweries – there are over 30 breweries in town, and many more pubs that serve up this crafted ale. This weekend kicks off a week of microbrew celebration aptly called Portland Beer Week. There are a number of events scheduled, including an organic beer and bacon pairing (who woulda thought!), tastings, and meet-the-brewer nights. But my favorite celebration would include going to catch the world premiere of The Love of Beer – a documentary by local Portland filmmaker Alison Grayson, who says:
“About three years ago I impulsively moved from Philadelphia to Portland and lived with a friend who was involved with the Portland craft beer industry. I was blown away by how instantly warm and welcoming this community was-it was unlike anything I had ever seen. The craft beer community quickly became my second family, and I started incorporating my background in video production by making short videos for friends’ beer blogs, festivals, etc. I started going to more events and met more and more people in the community and in the industry. I began to notice a huge disconnect between the vast amount of women beer consumers and the sparse number of women who worked in the beer industry. After meeting inspirational women like Sarah Pederson, Tonya Cornett, Lisa Morrison, and Teri Fahrendorf, I knew that I had to make a documentary celebrating the amazing women in the industry and introduce others to the community I had fallen in love with. This documentary has been funded by fundraising events and through Kickstarter, and would not have been able to be completed without the support of the community. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
The premiere will be at the Bagdad Theater, August 20th, in Portland. Details here.
Be sure to check out the trailer: