An exciting new beer documentary is about to make its debut and the best beer city this side of the globe will be hosting. CRAFT, the beer documentary from filmmaker and beer Cicerone Craig Noble, kicks off a multi-city film tour on Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 pm at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
The latest film from Vancouver, BC based Craig Noble follows him on a coast to coast journey that includes an apprenticeship at a farm brewery, beer schooling in Vermont that lead to Cicerone certification and the development of his farmhouse ale recipe. Inspired by the double digit growth of the craft brewing industry, Noble takes a look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.
Throughout CRAFT, the film features many various breweries and these include; Crannog Ales, Driftwood, Lagunitas, The Commons, Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Hops and Grain, Odell, Funkwerks, Captain Lawrence, Enlightenment Ales, Allagash, Zero Gravity, American Brewers Guild, Dieu du cidl!, and Bellwoods Brewery.
During Noble’s filming in and around Portland one of the breweries prominently featured is The Commons Brewery. Nobel visited on a day when The Commons team was bottling.
For the film, Noble has come to various local breweries to brew his interpretation of a Farmhouse Ale. Noble will be presenting a collaboration brew featuring some of the best brewers in the country interpreting the Farmhouse Ale recipe that is documented in the film.
While in Portland, Noble joined up with Elan and Brad from Coalition Brewing to brew the film’s Farmhouse Ale. Coalition’s Farmhouse Ale will be released at the Portland premiere on April 3rd.
Noble will be in attendance for the Portland launch, with screenings at 7:00 and 9:15 pm, and will be partaking in a post-show Q&A sessions. As part of the film’s sensory experience his farmhouse ale, brewed locally at Coalition Brewing, will be available for purchase along with beer from The Commons Brewery, which is featured in the film. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Hollywood Theatre by clicking here.
Following the world premiere in Portland, the film will continue the western tour with stops in Denver, Fort Collins, Austin, Oakland and San Diego through the month of April. The eastern tour begins June 4 in New York and wraps up June 26 in Vancouver, BC. For those of you outside of Portland, you can find all of the dates here. This movie sure looks to be one of the better documentaries on craft beer.
More About the Film’s Director:
Craig Noble has been directing and producing documentaries and short film for twelve years under the umbrella of Pixel One Productions and for other clients. His feature and short documentaries have been screened around the world and have won a number of awards at festivals, including, City Space 2004 Best Documentary New York independent film festival and Tableland 2007 Best Feature New York Food Film Festival. Noble’s process of documentary filmmaking is based on participating in his subject matter and committing to the lifestyle of his subjects. For the production of CRAFT, he undertook an apprenticeship on a farm brewery, attended beer school in Vermont and earned his cicerone (beer sommelier) certification. Craig also has extensive hands-on experience in winemaking, cooking, home brewing and distilling. When Craig is not globe-trotting making films, food and booze, he lives in Vancouver, BC.