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Craft Beer in Japan

Craft beer is a fast growing popular movement in Japan. Rob LoBreglio, Owner and Brewmaster at The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. in Madison, Wisconsin (USA), sets out to learn more about this exciting emerging market. With a small team he meets with Tetsuya Kiyosawa in Tokyo. Tetsuya was trained as a brewer by Rob himself 20 years earlier and today is working in the craft beer industry in Japan. Together they visit beer brewers, crawl from craft beer pub to craft beer pub, and meet with and talk to beer lovers. They discover how diverse the craft beer market in Japan is becoming, and also how different the situation for distribution and growth is from that in the USA. Their visit provides with a unique view into an unknown aspect of Japan popular culture!

The film was part of the official selection of the MovieScreenPro Film Festival 2017 in February 2017 and the Great Lakes International Film Festival 2016 in 2016 and screened at the Camera Japan festival in Rotterdam in September 2017. At this festival, the film was followed by a beer tasting organised by Yoigokochi Sake Importers.

Craft Beer tasting during Camera Japan festival in Rotterdam

The film is available on Amazon Video and if you are in the USA, UK, Japan, Germany, or Austria and you have Amazon Prime, you can see it for free. It is also available on iTunes and GooglePlay.

[Lightcurve Films and The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.;  27:12 min.;  March 2016]

(excerpt on the history of beer in Japan)

(excerpt on the tax on beer in Japan)

(a refreshing bottle of Hitachino Nest Beer for a warm summer evening)

Directors: Maarten Roos & John LoBreglio
Producer: Rob LoBreglio
Camera, Editing, Sound, Post Production: Maarten Roos & John LoBreglio
Additonal Camera (Mark Meli interview): Aaron Berman
Animations: Shannon Kohlitz
Origin Music Score: William Zeitler
Sound Mix and Effects: Eric Wojahn (Solid Sound Co.)
Japanese Translations: John LoBreglio, Yuki Nakayama, Karin Tompkins
Film & Editing Consulting: Yuki Nakayama

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