Sunday, January 13, 2013

Advance screening for "Beer Hunter: The Movie" announced for Washington, D.C.

J.R. Richards is an independent filmmaker. For several years, he has been working on Beer Hunter: The Movie, a film about the late beer and spirits writer, Michael Jackson. After finding archival footage, securing rights, conducting interviews, and editing, Richards has finished. He's announced a special preview screening, in Washington, D.C., for 27 March 2013, on what would have been Jackson's 71st birthday.

Join us in Washington D.C., on March 27th, 2013, to celebrate and remember Michael Jackson, the "Beer Hunter". We are teaming up with Dave, Diane, and Josh Alexander at RFD Washington for a very special Beer Hunter Birthday Celebration, featuring an advanced preview screening of Beer Hunter: The Movie.

Attendees will enjoy five special complimentary craft beers, discounts on all other beer, beer-centric food all evening, and a custom logo glass commemorating the event.

There will be a birthday toast for Michael, and a variety of special guests, brewers, and beers on hand. We'll also be showing rare videos and footage throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and the Michael Jackson Beer Education Scholarship Fund. This event marks the first year of what will become an annual fundraising event in Michael's honor. It also kicks off our Beer Hunter documentary tour. Tickets are very limited.

When: March 27th, 2013
Where: RFD, Washington D.C.
Time: 7-11. Movie begins at 8 pm.
Tickets: $100. Available: here.

There's a good chance that the beer in your hand is the result of Michael Jackson's writing. No other individual did more to celebrate the history, culture, and enjoyment of craft beer. Yet many new fans of craft beer have no idea who he was, and his role in the global phenomenon that is the craft brewing movement. This film is a tribute to his efforts and life.

Michael Jackson is a legend in the world of craft brewing. His 1977 book, The World Guide to Beer, was the first of its kind, and the first to categorize almost every major style of beer in the world. His 1993 television series, The Beer Hunter, became an instant classic, and helped launch the spectacular craft beer movement that we take for granted today. Michael's engaging writing literally saved many styles of beer from extinction, and his work inspired an entire generation of brewers to experiment with beer styles from around the world. Many in the beer world are unaware that Michael was also the leading author on the subject of whiskey, and his books on whiskey have sold more copies worldwide than his books on beer. His sudden death in 2007, at the age of 65, shocked the beer and whiskey worlds. His legacy and contributions were substantial, and should be recognized and remembered. As a person, Michael was one of the best, as those fortunate enough to know him can attest to.

I first met Michael in London in 2004, and began producing DVD tasting segments for his Rare Beer Club. As time went by, I was sent out to follow Michael on his many trips through Europe and the U.S., and we discussed the idea of making a documentary, or even another Beer Hunter series. After Michael's passing, it was decided that the footage from these travels should be made into a documentary.

Through this rare visual record we are treated to an intimate picture of Michael, as he traveled to beer meccas such as Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, California, and the Delaware Valley. Woven into this unprecedented library of Michael's later years will be current interviews with the world's leading brewers, distillers, and beer enthusiasts, giving us insight into Michael's enigmatic personality, his remarkable contributions to beer and whiskey, and his secret struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

J.R. Richards

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