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Beers of Joy (2019)

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The world of the most famous brewed beverage, as experienced the the passionate portrayals of four characters whose lives involve the craft of beer.


Scott Owen (co-director), David Swift (co-director)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Daley Ryan Daley ... Himself
Joe Vogelbacher Joe Vogelbacher ... Himself
Sean Z. Paxton Sean Z. Paxton ... Himself
Tonya Cornett Tonya Cornett ... Herself
Charlie Bamforth Charlie Bamforth ... Himself
Eric Flanigan Eric Flanigan ... Himself
Max Bakker Max Bakker ... Himself
Ray Daniels Ray Daniels ... Himself
Pat Fahey Pat Fahey ... Himself
Kate Daley Kate Daley ... Herself
Ian Larkin Ian Larkin ... Himself
Bill Simpson Bill Simpson ... Himself
Patrick McGovern Patrick McGovern ... Himself
Elke Arendt Elke Arendt ... Herself
Tony Yanow Tony Yanow ... Himself


Beers of Joy is a fascinating, entertaining, and delightful journey into our world's favorite, magical elixir. Feast upon stunning visuals of medieval monasteries, ancient Italian villages, and breweries from across the world that serve as the backdrop for four people immersing themselves in their passion for beer. An internationally acclaimed brewer and a celebrated chef take separate journeys of discovery through Europe and early America, while two Advanced Cicerones attempt to pass the prestigious Master Cicerone exam (beer's equivalent to wine's Master Sommelier), one of the most difficult tests in the world. Historians, scientists, clergy, brewers, and most importantly, the every man and woman flavor this brew, a love letter to beer that proves once and for all - Beer isn't just a breakfast drink anymore.

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Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Brought out the beer nerd in me
20 March 2019 | by beahero-30840See all my reviews

An in depth picture of two men and their journey through the Master Cicerone Exam with a 99 to 100% fail rate. Any dreams I had of taking the exam vanished when I saw what Joe Vogelbacher and Ryan Daley had to go through to take this exam. There were great visuals of beautiful award winning Brewmaster Tonya Cornett as she searches the world for the knowledge to make great tasting beer. Talented Chef Sean Z. Paxton cooks with beer over a fire in an old time setting. This movie is not just an ode to Anheuser-Busch there is a real craft Brewery involved too. A small brewery owned by Joe Vogelbacher and Eric Flanigan founded in 2014 is featured. My favorite part in the movie is when Eric helps Joe study for the exam with mnemonics. You can see they started the brewery with an admiration for each other that has now turned to love.

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