Monday night’s film The American Brew marks the return of director Roger Sherman to FDL Movie Night. He’s a founder of Florentine Films with Ken Burns, and his  documentaries have won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and two Academy Award nominations.

We’ve had him on before as a guest for his film The Restaurateur, which won the 2013 James Beard award for Best Documentary, Broadcast Journalism. On Monday he’s taking us on a trip through American history told via beer. Find out why the Pilgrims were not supposed to land at Plymouth Rock. Learn how Germans changed America’s taste for beer in the 19th Century and how they became the scapegoats to begin Prohibition.

Hear Fritz Maytag of Anchor Steam and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada tell how they started their breweries, and how craft brewing began. Watch Dick Cantwell of Elysian in Seattle brew his Jasmine IPA and see what Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River in Sonoma thinks of his concoction made in used oak, chardonnay casks. Plus, Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery and much much more.

And as special for FDL readers, there is discount on viewing the film on Vimeo–$3.99 instead of $4.99.

the promo code is “watchbeer”

See you Monday night, 5pm west coast time!

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.