Beer Wars: Because You Should Know How Your Favorite Beverage Gets to Your Glass

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.)

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I like how the guy says most Americans have never had real beer. Why? Is that because most Americans haven't had HIS beer? Just what is "real" beer, as he sees it? Budweiser (AB, now AB-InBev) was founded, made & ran by German immigrants. So essentially, it was German beer first. Last time I checked, Germans know what they're doing when it comes to beer. So was it not "real" beer? They didn't start out a giant in the industry. They became as big as they are for a reason, regardless of how many people these days put them down & call their beer piss. They became what they are because they make a product that people like, including people who know a thing or two about beer.

I'll agree with the guy who compared beer knowledge from the top 3 was like claiming all we know about food comes from McDonald's. But that doesn't mean the top 3 can't put out a good product. It's become "the cool thing to do" to hate on Budweiser. If you don't like it, fine, don't drink it.