New Film Explores San Francisco Brewing History

We’re living in a golden age of beer. Bars and stores are filled with a dizzying array of high quality choices produced by a growing number of breweries. The Bay Area helped lay the foundation and is blessed with a rich brewing tradition. In 1849, the Adam Schuppert Brewery started serving thirsty patrons in San Francisco. Since then, over 100 breweries have come and gone on the tip of the peninsula. In a new film directed by Jared Stutts, that glorious past will merge with the present in Brewers by the Bay.

According to Stutts, “The film is a cinematic tale of the past, present and future of San Francisco brewing, told by the owners and brewmasters themselves. It was written by Mike Pitsker, the Associated Editor of Celebrator Magazine, and is hosted by Brenden Dobel, the Brewmaster at ThirstyBear Brewing.”

The film is still in production and Stutts has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help defray the costs. Visit the page, check out the trailer and consider sparing a few bucks for a few tempting perks.

Stutts recently answered a few questions about the project over email.

Why did you choose to make a movie about the history of San Francisco brewing?

I chose to make a film on the history of beer in San Francisco because what a lot of people do not know is that the history of this wonderfully crafted product dates back to 1847 and that the first brewery that was established in California happened to be in San Francisco! There is also this common myth that beer is boring. This movie will introduce you to the brewers and you will get the chance to hear their personal stories. This is not a technical overview of how brewing is made so the demographic for this film is very wide!

What do you think sets San Francisco and the Bay Area brewing scene in general apart from the rest of the industry?

One of the greatest things that sets San Francisco apart from the rest of the industry is their collaborative spirit. Being that the nine active breweries have a guild also celebrates their success. I think the rest of the Bay Area is paying attention and will follow in their footsteps!

Have you made any surprising discoveries about the brewers or breweries you’ve been documenting?

You bet! However you will have to wait to see the film, though I can tell you that each brewer has shared their unique stories both personal and professional. Check out our Indiegogo campaign for exclusive behind the scenes clips of the brewers and owners talking about the Brewers by the Bay project, the San Francisco beer scene, and the importance of history and preservation.

What do you hope people take away from the film?

That San Francisco is a fantastic beer city! I hope the viewers will learn the unknown history of beer in San Francisco, the multitude of breweries contained in this small and diverse city, the passionate brewers who love their craft, and the complexity and innovation of the industry. My hope is that viewers will come to share this same passion, which the brewers, owners and craft beer enthusiasts feel for craft beer in the Bay Area.