Review from SommBeer

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““Beers of Joy” is an enjoyable watch, especially if you’re any level of beer nerd. Each one of the people featured are relatable, interesting, and genuinely likable. This film can and likely will inspire people to start seeking out Ciecerone certifications which is definitely a good thing. It might also open up your mind to try new and different beers so that you can expand your beer experiences.”

Check out the link below for the full review of the film on SommBeer.com!

Review from South Jersey Beer Scene

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We’re thrilled to have met John from South Jersey Beer Scene and share his review of the film:

For those of us that enjoy a little beer culture it is always exciting to see a feature film dedicated to the craft. Over the years, unfortunately, there have not been many to be found. That was why we were excited to be able to review “Beers Of Joy”, a fascinating look at beer culture that’s main premise focuses on Joe Vogelbacher, CEO and Co-Founder of Sugar Creek Brewing, and Ryan Daily, an Anheuser-Busch employee and their quest to pass the Master Cicerone Test, which is notoriously difficult. The other 2 storylines focus on Tonya Cornett, Brewmaster of 10 Barrel Brewing (an Anheuser-Busch InBev owned brewery) on a quest to find the perfect Berliner Weiss Recipe visiting European Cities, and “Home-brew Chef” Sean Paxton who is exploring the history of brewing and food in United States.

Read the full review at the link below!


Joe Vogelbacher on Good Day Charlotte

Calling out to beer lovers in North Carolina, Sugar Creek Brewing Co.’s co-Founder and CEO Joe Vogelbacher made an appearance on Good Day Charlotte to discuss his role in the film, the dynamic of the Cicerone certification, and invite the community out to the Charlotte-area premiere of Beers of Joy June 28th at 7pm (hosted free by Sugar Creek Brewing Co.). Pour with vigor!

The Movie Guys with David Swift

David Swift and his crew set out to film the best documentary about beer ever made. Based on the festival circuit awards, they’re doing pretty good! Swift sits in with Paul Preston to talk about the new-on-VOD, DVD & Blu-Ray Beers of Joy. They talk about the challenges of taking on such an expansive subject for Swift’s directorial debut, what a Cicerone is (it’s like a Sommelier for beer) and there’s a tasting as David shares some good introductory beers with Paul, who’s a rare drinker at best.

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Beers of Joy puts Sugar Creek on National Stage

By Todd Bowman of BeerCharlotte.com

Beers of Joy is a documentary film that follows the story of four unique individuals as each undertakes an audacious pilgrimage, hoping to achieve enlightenment within the world of craft beer.  The film was released across the country on March 1st, 2019, and has already earned a number of critical accolades. Surprisingly, the film has received very little coverage from the Charlotte media, in spite of the Queen City enjoying a major part in the film.  Sugar Creek Brewing, a LoSo brewery specializing in Belgian-style ales, is working hard to remedy this oversight by hosting the first public Charlotte screening on June 28th.

At the center of the film are two men from very different backgrounds, both seeking to climb one of the most elusive summits in the brewing world: the Master Cicerone exam.  The film follows both Joe Vogelbacher, CEO and co-founder of Charlotte-based Sugar Creek Brewing, and Ryan Daley, educator at Anheuser-Busch’s High End business unit, as they prepare to take one of the most difficult written and sensory exams ever created, and one with a failure rate near 99%.  At the time of filming, only 13 individuals bore the title Master Cicerone, roughly one for each year of the program’s existence.

The film also tracks the escapades of two talented individuals on journeys of creation.  Tonya Cornett, the decorated head brewer at 10 Barrel Brewing, sets out on an expedition across Europe, pursuing the secrets behind brewing the world’s finest Berliner Weisse.  And Sean Z. Paxton, better known as the Homebrew Chef, tracks down the historical roots of American cooking and brewing traditions, endeavoring to prepare an authentic 16th century meal using only traditional tools and techniques.

I recently had the pleasure of discussing Beers of Joy with several folks directly involved in the movie’s creation: David Swift of One-Eleven Entertainment, who directed, wrote and produced the film, as well as Joe Vogelbacher and Eric Flanigan, the founders of Sugar Creek Brewing, who both appear in the film.  After spending a few hours both on the phone and in person with these three individuals, I can tell you that their passion is real, their vision is compelling, and their determination to deliver a profound vision of the world of beer is unshakable.  This is the story behind the story.

Click the source link below to view the whole story from Beer Charlotte!

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Coming to the Big Screen in Iowa City, IA June 8th!

$15 for FilmScene members / $20 for non-members

Ticket includes beer tasting from Exile Brewery, Lion Bridge Brewing Co., ReUnion Brewery and Big Grove Brewery!

3:00PM- beer tasting in FilmScene's lobby
4:00PM - Beers of Joy


"Aims to prove, once and for all, that life is best celebrated over a beer." - The Movie of My Life

Beers of Joy us a fascinating, entertaining, and savory journey into our world's favorite magical elixir. Feast upon stunning visuals of medieval monasteries, historic German 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 American, where two Advance Cicerones atempt 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 add flavor to this love letter to beer.  

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CALIFORNIA’S HOME BREW CHEF STARS IN NEW FILM “BEERS OF JOY”

INVITES VIEWERS INTO AN AMERICAN CULINARY ORIGIN STORY

SONOMA, CA – April 27th, 2019 – “Every beer tells a story, the beauty,  the history, the romance. This beverage encapsulates our society,”  exclaims Sean Z. Paxton, as he waxes poetic about his favorite magical  elixir in the opening sequence of the new documentary film, “Beers of Joy.”  This new film is now available across the country on-demand on popular  digital and cable platforms. Paxton’s story follows the self-styled  Home Brew Chef from his home base of Sonoma, CA on a journey through  both famous and lesser know touchstones of American history where he  examines through his signature culinary and brewing lens the key  ingredients that have influenced the present day craft beer scene.  “I’ve had the good fortune to travel the whole world, researching the  culture behind culinary recipes and brewing traditions that I find most  fascinating,” said Sean Z. Paxton. “I’ve come to realize, I didn’t know  a lot about our own culinary history here in America, and how brewing  played its role within it. I needed to get back to where we started.”  The film follows Paxton on his journey through the states of Missouri,  Indiana, Virginia, and ultimately culminates in Massachusetts where Sean  attempts to create a historic feast paired with a novel beer  collaboration, with unexpected results.  “In our research about the historical significance of brewing, we  learned quickly that a culinary expert would make for a fascinating  prism through which to see the intersection of beer and food in  traditions we romanticize today but actually know little about,” says  co-Writer & co-Director Scott Owen. “Just as Sean pairs food recipes  with beer styles, we set about following him as he paired historical  facts and insight into a unique American origin story of brewing.  Inspired by the craft of beer making and brewing techniques, Paxton  became an accomplished home brewer, ultimately becoming a fixture in  craft beer as a collaborator, commentator, and innovator.  Simultaneously he built his professional chops as a Chef in restaurants  and events, ultimately fusing his culinary love with brewing love as an  Executive Chef for multiple national brewing conferences. With the  understanding of both culinary and brewing sciences & ingredients, Sean  has distilled parallels between the two worlds that bring a depth of  flavor to both food and beer not previously explored.  Produced by Los Angeles-based One-Eleven Entertainment, in association  with Diamond B Capital, Anheuser-Busch, and Popular Mechanics, the film  is being distributed worldwide via Gravitas Ventures. It is available  for purchase or rent on major digital and cable platforms across the  country. Visit  www.beersofjoymovie.com  to learn more.  # # #  ABOUT SEAN Z. PAXTON Today, Sean writes for and his recipes featured in many magazines that  focus on trends in the beer and food industry. His expertise has been  noted in publications such as Beer Advocate, Brew Your Own, Imbibe, Wine  Enthusiast, Food & Wine, Esquire, Draft, Plate, and Culinary Trends. His  recipes have also been highlighted in twelve cookbooks on craft beer  including “The American Craft Beer Cookbook “by John Holl. As the  Executive Chef for Home Brew Chef, he collaborates with pub owners and  Craft Brewers across the country to host exclusive multi-course beer  dinners. Homebrewchef.com is where Sean shares his knowledge and  experience of food and beer with the brewing community, through a unique  and original online cookbook, that has scalable recipes using beer as an  ingredient.  Sean shares his love for Beer Cuisine with others through teaching  “cooking with beer” classes at the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school  (Portland, OR), Ramekin Culinary School and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese  Co. “The Fork” in Northern California. He is also the creator and  co-host for “The Home Brewed Chef” podcast show on The Brewing Network.  Sean has a line of beer infused hot sauces called Eat Beer Hot Sauces,  were he works with different breweries, local farms and crafts unique  flavored sauces for sale. Sean continues to be involved in the Homebrew  arena as an active board member the Northern California Homebrew  Organization. He has presented several workshops at the AHA National  Homebrew Conferences and has and been Executive Chef for the Grand  banquet since 2008 where he has designed and executed a unique beer  infused menu both cooked and paired with beer for over 2000 homebrewers’  attending the conference. Sean also executed the World Beer Cup Grand  Gala Banquet for the 2010 Awards Ceremony for 2000 brewers from 44  countries, serving 5 courses of custom designed dishes, paired with over  650 gallons of beer.

SONOMA, CA – April 27th, 2019 – “Every beer tells a story, the beauty,
the history, the romance. This beverage encapsulates our society,”
exclaims Sean Z. Paxton, as he waxes poetic about his favorite magical
elixir in the opening sequence of the new documentary film, “Beers of Joy.”

This new film is now available across the country on-demand on popular
digital and cable platforms. Paxton’s story follows the self-styled
Home Brew Chef from his home base of Sonoma, CA on a journey through
both famous and lesser know touchstones of American history where he
examines through his signature culinary and brewing lens the key
ingredients that have influenced the present day craft beer scene.

“I’ve had the good fortune to travel the whole world, researching the
culture behind culinary recipes and brewing traditions that I find most
fascinating,” said Sean Z. Paxton. “I’ve come to realize, I didn’t know
a lot about our own culinary history here in America, and how brewing
played its role within it. I needed to get back to where we started.”

The film follows Paxton on his journey through the states of Missouri,
Indiana, Virginia, and ultimately culminates in Massachusetts where Sean
attempts to create a historic feast paired with a novel beer
collaboration, with unexpected results.

“In our research about the historical significance of brewing, we
learned quickly that a culinary expert would make for a fascinating
prism through which to see the intersection of beer and food in
traditions we romanticize today but actually know little about,” says
co-Writer & co-Director Scott Owen. “Just as Sean pairs food recipes
with beer styles, we set about following him as he paired historical
facts and insight into a unique American origin story of brewing.

Inspired by the craft of beer making and brewing techniques, Paxton
became an accomplished home brewer, ultimately becoming a fixture in
craft beer as a collaborator, commentator, and innovator.
Simultaneously he built his professional chops as a Chef in restaurants
and events, ultimately fusing his culinary love with brewing love as an
Executive Chef for multiple national brewing conferences. With the
understanding of both culinary and brewing sciences & ingredients, Sean
has distilled parallels between the two worlds that bring a depth of
flavor to both food and beer not previously explored.

Produced by Los Angeles-based One-Eleven Entertainment, in association
with Diamond B Capital, Anheuser-Busch, and Popular Mechanics, the film
is being distributed worldwide via Gravitas Ventures. It is available
for purchase or rent on major digital and cable platforms across the
country. Visit www.beersofjoymovie.com to learn more.

# # #

ABOUT SEAN Z. PAXTON
Today, Sean writes for and his recipes featured in many magazines that
focus on trends in the beer and food industry. His expertise has been
noted in publications such as Beer Advocate, Brew Your Own, Imbibe, Wine
Enthusiast, Food & Wine, Esquire, Draft, Plate, and Culinary Trends. His
recipes have also been highlighted in twelve cookbooks on craft beer
including “The American Craft Beer Cookbook “by John Holl. As the
Executive Chef for Home Brew Chef, he collaborates with pub owners and
Craft Brewers across the country to host exclusive multi-course beer
dinners. Homebrewchef.com is where Sean shares his knowledge and
experience of food and beer with the brewing community, through a unique
and original online cookbook, that has scalable recipes using beer as an
ingredient.

Sean shares his love for Beer Cuisine with others through teaching
“cooking with beer” classes at the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school
(Portland, OR), Ramekin Culinary School and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese
Co. “The Fork” in Northern California. He is also the creator and
co-host for “The Home Brewed Chef” podcast show on The Brewing Network.
Sean has a line of beer infused hot sauces called Eat Beer Hot Sauces,
were he works with different breweries, local farms and crafts unique
flavored sauces for sale. Sean continues to be involved in the Homebrew
arena as an active board member the Northern California Homebrew
Organization. He has presented several workshops at the AHA National
Homebrew Conferences and has and been Executive Chef for the Grand
banquet since 2008 where he has designed and executed a unique beer
infused menu both cooked and paired with beer for over 2000 homebrewers’
attending the conference. Sean also executed the World Beer Cup Grand
Gala Banquet for the 2010 Awards Ceremony for 2000 brewers from 44
countries, serving 5 courses of custom designed dishes, paired with over
650 gallons of beer.