Aqua Vitae

by eakrigbe | created - 05 Dec 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. ---Ben Franklin

Movies and Series that discuss the joys and failure of alcohol... Disclaimer - This list does not include YouTube or Public Access offerings.

IMDB excluded titles (not sure why): The Story of German Beer (2016) - Jens Niehuss - 6.5/10 / Beer Geeks (2013-2014) - Michael Ferguson - 6/10 / United States of Drinking (2014) - Smithsonian TV - 5.5/10 / Whiskey - The Islay Edition (2010) - Janson Media - 7/10 / The Wine Programme (1983-1986) - Jancis Robinson / Vintners Tales (1997-1998) - Jancis Robinson / The Beer Hunter (1989) - Michael Jackson / A Journey of Discovery - Tasting the Classic Malts (1992) - Michael Jackson / The Green Economy - Green Beer (2014) - 4/10 / Beer is Freedom: When Hops Cross Borders (2018) - 5/10 / Foodstuff: The Science of Sour Beer (2018) - 5/10 / Wine Diamonds; Uncorking America's Heartland (2017) - 6/10 / A Passion for the Vine (2016) - Zan Media / Winemaker: The Beginning (2019) - 5/10 / Tasting Notes (2016) - PlayboyTV - 6/10 / The Brew Show (2010-2011) - Brewshow Productions - 4/10 / Champagne (2005) - RDA Productions - 5/10 / Across the Bar (2015) - Foodable Network - 5/10 / Scotch: The Story of Whiskey (2017) - 6/10 / Beer, Mead, and the Fun of Fermentation (2017) - NatGeo (The Great Courses) - 5/10 / Building a Brewery: Craft Beer Documentary (2016) - 5/10 / Brewing the Republic (2019) / Exploring French Wine Regions (2007) - 6/10 / Brew North: A Beer Story (2017) - 5.5/10 - Thirsty Work (2014) - 6/10 / Discover the Santa Ynez Valley (2020) - 3/10

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1. Sideways (2004)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 182,215 | Gross: $71.50M


2. Beer Hunter: The Movie (2013)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

'Beer Hunter' is a documentary film about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson. His books on beer and whiskey have sold millions of copies, and his 1993 ... See full summary »

Directors: John Richards, Alison Hodgson Richards | Stars: Michael Jackson, Christopher Bowen, Sam Calagione, Greg Koch

Votes: 34


3. Strange Brew (1983)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.

Directors: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas | Stars: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley

Votes: 15,930


4. Three Sheets (2006– )

Documentary, Comedy

Zane Lamprey travels around the world engaging in local drinking customs and traditions.

Stars: Zane Lamprey, Jennifer Roa, Jim Reisinger, Nehl Bobal

Votes: 558

B1 / V2 / S3 - 7.5/10

5. Uncorked with Billy Merritt (2007– )


Comedian Billy Merritt is ready to make the leap from beer dude to wine guy, and he's taking you with him. Travel from Napa to France as he gets a crash course in the fine art of wine. He ... See full summary »

Star: Billy Merritt

Votes: 8

V2 - 5.5/10

6. Wine for the Confused (2004 TV Movie)


John Clease cruises around Santa Barbara and nearby wine country and channelling knowledge of wine to the viewer. IMO as this is an informational movie it is no spoiler to tell you he ... See full summary »

Director: David Kennard | Stars: John Cleese, Alyce Faye Eichelberger

Votes: 222


7. The Wine Show (2016– )


The Wine Show is a innovative and practical study of the world of wine. Featuring short films on a variety of wine related topics ranging from wine fraud to food matching. Running through ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Fattorini, Matthew Goode, Matthew Rhys, Amelia Singer

Votes: 297

V2 - 7/10

8. The Angels' Share (2012)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Roger Allam, Gary Maitland

Votes: 24,348 | Gross: $0.30M


9. Beerfest (2006)

R | 110 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter

Votes: 64,910 | Gross: $19.19M


10. Booze Traveler (2014– )


Jack travels the world seeking out the most adventurous and cultural drinking traditions.

Stars: Jack Maxwell, Bruno Canale, Thorunn Gudlaugsdottir, Marc Matsumoto

Votes: 367

B1 / V2 / S3 - 7/10

11. Moonshiners (2011– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Reality-TV

Follows a diverse group of people living in Appalachia who carry on a 200-year-old tradition passed down from their forefathers, making moonshine.

Stars: Jeremy Schwartz, Josh Owens, Mark Ramsey, Eric 'Digger' Manes

Votes: 1,322


12. Brew Dogs (2013– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Two Scottish brewers go around the world to accomplish various beer brewing challenges.

Stars: David Donley, Martin Dickie, James Watt, Leila Stricker

Votes: 249

B1 - 8/10

13. Dark Horse Nation (2014– )

22 min | Documentary

Exploits of group of friends that open a microbrewery in Marshall,Michigan

Votes: 30


14. Prohibition (2011)

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,932

B1 / V2 / S3

15. Beerland (2017–2018)

30 min | Documentary

Beerland follows Golden Road Brewing founder, Meg Gill, as she sets out on a cross-country journey to meet with home-brewers and find the best brews in each city she travels to.

Stars: Meg Gill, Curtis Kingsley

Votes: 56


16. Drinking Buddies (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

Votes: 56,501 | Gross: $0.34M


17. Drinking Made Easy (2010– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Reality-TV

Hosted by Zane Lamprey, with correspondents Steve McKenna and Marc Ryan, the show explores drinks, drinking culture and drinking history across the United States

Stars: Zane Lamprey, Stephen McKenna, Wes DuBois, Marc Ryan

Votes: 166

B1 / V2 / S3

18. SOMM (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble, Ian Cauble

Votes: 4,503 | Gross: $0.17M


19. SOMM: Into the Bottle (2015)

90 min | Documentary

The history, politics, pleasure, and BS of wine told through opening ten very different bottles.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Silvia Altare, Brian Carmody, Ian Cauble, Jean-Louis Chave

Votes: 1,690


20. SOMM 3 (2018)

78 min | Documentary

Three of the greatest legends in wine meet to drink the rarest bottles of their careers, while the best blind tasters of today gather to settle an age-old argument. The results could change the world of wine forever.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Ian Cauble, Fred Dame, Paul Draper, Laura Fiorvanti

Votes: 390


21. Behind the Bar (2011– )

TV-14 | Reality-TV

After a long day, there is nothing better than a stiff cocktail! Join Here TV as we reveal the secrets of the best booze from Behind the Bar. Each episode includes interviews, bartender ... See full summary »

Votes: 7

B1 / V2 / S3 - 5/10

22. How Beer Saved the World (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

This show traces the important role that beer has played in human history from the probable origins of the first beer at the dawn of history to the development of a special beer for use in zero gravity space missions.

Stars: Henry Strozier, George Armelagos, Charlie Bamforth, Kyria Boundy-Mills

Votes: 482


23. Crafting a Nation (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, News

Crafting A Nation is a feature length documentary and new media project about how the American craft brewers are rebuilding the economy one craft beer at a time.

Director: Thomas Kolicko

Votes: 253


24. Beer Wars (2009)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A contemporary David and Goliath story that takes you inside the cutthroat world of the big business of American beer.

Director: Anat Baron | Stars: Norman Adami, Anat Baron, Roberta Baskin, Jeff Becker

Votes: 1,131


25. The Birth of Saké (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

69 Metascore

The Birth of Saké is a documentary that reveals the history of passionate sake makers, and what it takes to create a traditional sake at the Yoshida Brewery, a family distillery with more then 140 years of history, in northern Japan.

Director: Erik Shirai

Votes: 903


26. Brew Masters (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

Sam Calagione, the founder and head of Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware, and his staff as they searched the world for new, ancient, and imaginative inspirations for beers.

Stars: Sam Calagione, Ramy Romany, Mario Batali, Floris Delee

Votes: 187

B1 - 6.5/10

27. Beertickers: Beyond the Ale (2009 TV Movie)

71 min | Documentary

This is a film about obsession, identity, curiosity and tradition. This documentary is an exploration of the collectors psyche and of the UK's drinking culture - not to mention a severe test of one film maker's affection for beer.

Director: Phil Parkin

Votes: 24


28. What-No Beer? (1933)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy

Two men decide to cash in on the end of Prohibition by selling watered down beer.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Roscoe Ates, Phyllis Barry

Votes: 424


29. Rum Runners (1971)

Not Rated | 135 min | Adventure, Comedy

In the prohibition years, the 'rumrunners' travel through the Caribbean Sea with the forbidden liquor barely escaping the ship patrols. While on the run, one of the bootleggers falls in ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Enrico | Stars: Lino Ventura, Brigitte Bardot, Bill Travers, Clive Revill

Votes: 474


30. Beer (1985)

R | 82 min | Comedy

An advertising firm, desperate to keep an account from a financially-ailing brewery, concocts a macho ad campaign centering on three losers who inadvertently prevent a robbery at a bar.

Director: Patrick Kelly | Stars: Loretta Swit, Rip Torn, Kenneth Mars, David Alan Grier

Votes: 630


31. Rum Runners (2016)

106 min | Drama

Rum Runners is the epic story of two best friends, Vic Hanson and Don Calyer. They get caught running illegal booze across the Canadian border. This outstanding screenplay is inspired by ... See full summary »

Director: William Nelson | Stars: Yves Bright, Brian Stuart Boyd, Crystal Bell, Vernon Wells

Votes: 13


33. American Beer (2004)

105 min | Documentary

In June of 2002, five friends left New York City by minivan and set out across the United States to visit 38 breweries in 40 days.

Director: Paul Kermizian | Stars: Jeremy Goldberg, Paul Kermizian, Jon Miller, Robert Purvis

Votes: 131


34. Craft: The California Beer Documentary (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Follow along with director Jeff Smith, as he discovers all that California has to offer in the exciting world of craft beer. Includes interviews at Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, Lagunitas, and many, many, many others.

Director: Jeff Smith

Votes: 30


35. Brewed in Brooklyn (2013)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

Sit back, crack open a cold one and see the history of the one time, and perhaps future beer brewing capital of the world, Brooklyn NY.

Director: John Weber | Stars: Will Anderson, Steve Hindy, Walter Liebman, Anthony Stumbo

Votes: 8


36. The Love of Beer (2011)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

When someone thinks of a brewer, they probably don't picture a petite woman with red pigtails. But with Tonya Cornett's amazing beers and growing collection of medals, things may change. ... See full summary »

Director: Alison Grayson

Votes: 10


37. Blood, Sweat, and Beer (2015)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Drama

A documentary exploring the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the struggles of two start-up breweries.

Directors: Chip Hiden, Alexis Irvin | Stars: Brandon Capps, Asa Foster, Matt Katase, Danny Robinson

Votes: 73


38. Brewmaster (2018)

95 min | Documentary

The story of craft beer as told through a young New York lawyer who dreams of opening his own brewery and a Milwaukee based beer educator trying to pass the Master Cicerone exam.

Director: Douglas Tirola

Votes: 67


39. A Year in Port (2016)

86 min | Documentary

With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as our guide, we journey into Portugal's spectacular Douro Valley to explore the mystery and complexity of the world of port

Director: David Kennard

Votes: 48


40. A Year in Burgundy (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

The film follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as ... See full summary »

Director: David Kennard | Star: Martine Saunier

Votes: 530


41. Kampai! For the Love of Sake (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

48 Metascore

Discover the art of sake. An age-old staple of Japanese culture and cuisine, the fermented rice wine has recently been winning fans all over the world. Kampai! For the Love of Sake journeys... See full summary »

Director: Mirai Konishi | Stars: John Gauntner, Philip Harper, Kosuke Kuji, Samuel Barickman

Votes: 49


42. American Wine Story (2014)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

There are plenty of obsessions in the world, but few endeavors attract as much devotion as wine. American Wine Story is a documentary about oenological aficionados who have taken their ... See full summary »

Director: David Baker

Votes: 27


43. Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

The "Alison Group" has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top Manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them, the one which happens to be the main ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: Robert Hays, Art Carney, Barbara Hershey, David Keith

Votes: 747 | Gross: $17.57M


44. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor-trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 46,554 | Gross: $126.74M


45. Neat: The Story of Bourbon (2018)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary