First, if you don’t know who Lew Bryson is… well he’s kind of an icon in craft beer. Writing about craft beer since 1992 (when there was barely any craft beer to write about), Lew has a great sense of humor, passion about craft beer, and a really approachable but intelligent writing style. If you haven’t read any of his posts, you can do so at his blog, ( EDITED: COPY AND PASTE FAIL) “Seen Through A Glass” But I’m not here to highlight his awesome blog and long-standing career as a beer writer. No, I want to let you know about his more recent project – to make a show about American Craft Beer.
Yet another beer-centric Kickstarter project (see the post on “Community Beer Works” for more info about Kickstarter), I watched the trailer video for his project, called “American Beer Blogger” and decided, yep, I could definitely watch Lew talk about beer. All day. His goal is to go to breweries and talk to the brewers, really get into the meat of what it is like to be a craft brewer and what is going on in Craft beer in the US.
AMERICAN BEER BLOGGER is a half hour television series dedicated to all facets of the ever growing craft beer market. From home brewing, to micro beer; viewers will experience the very best of the craft beer culture. In each episode, Lew will visit a different brewer, each of which has their own sets of quirks and ways of doing things. Lew will talk to these brewers, get to know them, will show us first hand the various methods and techniques used in creating a craft beer. From the tiniest bottler to the largest manufacturer, Lew will get his hands dirty.
Lew has been an inspiration to me as a beer blogger for some time, and I really hope that this succeeds, and that he is able to raise the capital needed to create his first few episodes. I encourage you to visit the Kickstarter page and just watch the video – I think you might come to the same conclusion that I did.
Update: As with the other Kickstarter/RocketHub projects I’ve funded, I hope to keep you posted on what’s up with these guys. Community Beer Works is up to 71% funded, and has 29 days left to fundraise. The last few I’ve contributed to – Mystery Brewing, Wilderness Brewing Company, Short Snout Brewing and Lucid Cooperative Brewing – have all been fully funded, so I hope to see this enthusiasm from the craft beer drinking community continue to support these projects. Cheers!