Beer in a Movie

Ever wonder why your favorite pub doesn’t carry Boulevard Single Wide yet? Or why you can only find a half-dozen out-of-state microbrews on grocery store shelves? It’s the Man, man. And, in this case, the Man is the beer behemoth — corporations with bigger budgets for marketing, bottling, shipping and distribution. The sad reality is that half of the seemingly noncorporate offerings available today actually come from Miller, Coors and Bud. And tracking it all is enough to sober you up. The documentary Beer Wars offers a primer about exactly how the little guys get wasted. The movie, which follows the tribulations of Boston-based New Century Brewing Company and Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, gets a one-night-only screening at AMC and Cinemark theaters across the metro tonight at 7. For 15 bucks, you get the movie and access to the industry think tank: A Ben Stein-moderated, follow-up panel discussion, with independent brewers and industry experts, will be simulcast live from Los Angeles after the show. For tickets and details, see

Thu., April 16, 6 p.m., 2009