This Saturday (June 22) Diamond Knot Brewing will host the local premier of Beer Hunter: The Movie. Details below. The movie chronicles the travels of one of beer’s most important personalities.
Back before Al Gore invented the Internet, we learned about beer by reading printed pieces of paper that were bound within a cover. We called them books. Way back in the 1980s, the first two beer books to ever rest in my hands were The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian and The World Guide to Beer by Michael Jackson. The book we all referred to as “the homebrew bible” was extremely useful, but it was The World Guide to Beer that made an ineffable impression on me. This blog is an expression of how Michael Jackson’s words impacted me.
Simply put, he was it. Everything. The man. For me and most beer scribes my age, Michael Jackson the beer author is a hero. He first published The World Guide to Beer in 1977. He was talking about the good stuff before America even had good stuff. His television show, Beer Hunter, aired in 1993. To say he was ahead of his time would be an understatement. He was it. Everything. The man.
Here is the press release from Diamond Knot about Saturday’s event, including the details about where and when you can see the movie.
Diamond Knot to Host Washington Premier of Jackson Tribute, ‘Beer Hunter: The Movie’
MUKILTEO, WA – When Michael Jackson died in 2007, many in craft beer world were stunned. We’re not talking about the King of Pop, rather the other Michael Jackson, the legendary author of “The World Guide to Beer” and the host of “The Beer Hunter” television series aired in 1993.
Jackson’s travels around the world to document regions, breweries, traditions and the like bounced him to God-like status amongst brewers and beer enthusiasts. He made quite an impression on Diamond Knot Craft Brewing’s founder Bob Maphet, and it was an easy decision for him to sign on Diamond Knot as one of the movie’s title sponsors.
“Michael was ahead of his time talking about the craft in craft beer,” Maphet said. “He became part educator-part entertainer, and was respected by many. He brought the awareness of and the appreciation for craft beer to a whole new level.”
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is excited to announce it will be hosting the first Washington showing of “Beer Hunter: The Movie” at the company’s Production Brewery & Taproom on Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is by donation to benefit the Mukilteo Food Bank.
“Beer Hunter: The Movie” is a documentary following the travels of Jackson and those rare moments not televised. Filmmaker J.R. Richards was hired in 2003 to produce tasting and promotional videos for Jackson’s Rare Beer Club. He says this documentary provides insight into Jackson’s enigmatic personality, his remarkable contributions to beer and whisky and his secret struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. The movie includes a glimpse into the places Jackson traveled and the many interviews he conducted with the world’s leading brewers, distillers and beer enthusiasts.
The Diamond Knot Production Brewery & Taproom is located at 4602 Chennault Beach Rd., in Mukilteo. MAP. For information, call 425-355-4488 . Beverages will be available for purchase and the popcorn is free. The Taproom is family-friendly and children are welcomed to attend.
For more information on “Beer Hunter: The Movie,” visit beerhuntermovie.com.