Beer Pioneers


Beer Pioneers 2023 One Sheet

Beer Pioneers™ is an upcoming documentary film series, produced by filmmaker Jay Sheveck, that reveals the candid and personal stories of the people behind the global revival of craft brewing (the return to traditional brewing and serving methods, and the use of classic ingredients in beer).

Filmed over the span of 25 years—from 1994 to 2019—hundreds of early trailblazers, establishment stalwarts, experts, authors and journalists of the craft brewing industry participated in the Beer Pioneers™documentary, collectively sharing their oral histories and unique first-hand perspectives of the earliest days.

Featured are: conversations with the foremost trailblazers in the industry (Fritz Maytag, Michael Jackson, Michael Hardman, Jack McAuliffe, Fred Eckhardt, Phil Sexton, Catherine Maxwell Stuart, and Frank Appleton), histories about the earliest pioneering breweries (Anchor Brewing, Traquair House, Litchborough, New Albion, Sail & Anchor, and Horseshoe Bay), reflections on the first consumer-led movements (Campaign for Real Ale and Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood), meetings with members of the earliest amateur brewing organizations (Durden Park Beer Circle, American Homebrewers Association, and Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society) and pilgrimages to the grandparents of all festivals (Great British Beer Festival, Munich Oktoberfest, Great Canadian Beer Festival, and Great American Beer Festival).

The series is filled with excursions to nano-breweries, heritage breweries, brew-on-premises, brewery restaurants, brew pubs, micropubs, brewers guilds, beer importers, brewing schools, brewery architects, and trips to hop fields, malt houses, yeast laboratories, and beer hotels.

Come meet the pioneers in this in-depth documentary, and take a journey through beer’s flavorful revival, from its grassroots renaissance to today’s Craft Brewing Revolution!


Latest updates 1 January 2024

A documentary film by Jay Sheveck