About this project
What have we done so far?
We've visited and interviewed folks at 11 of New Hampshire's breweries: Smuttynose Brewing Company, Throwback Brewery, 603 Brewery, Henniker Brewing Company, Able Ebenezer Brewing Company, White Birch Brewing, Earth Eagle Brewings, Out.Haus Ales, Canterbury Aleworks, One Love Brewery, and 7th Settlement. We've also interviewed Zack Cooper and Chris Casey of Brewtopia— a craft beer and home brew supply store, Scott Schaier— the executive director of the Beer Distributors of New Hampshire, and Michael Hauptly-Pierce and Tim Roberts of The Tap Handle Show podcast.
What are we doing next?
We hope to talk to many more brewers, distributors, retailers, and enthusiasts around the state. We also want to shoot footage of New Hampshire's unique and diverse landscape, as well as b-roll of folks enjoying beer in local restaurants, bars, brew pubs, and festivals. So far, we've funded this project out of pocket, but we need your help to go further. Funding will go toward:
- Travel, food and lodging
- Hard drives for storage and back-up
- Original composition
- Transcription services
- Festival fees
- Distribution services
How It Started
In the beginning, we just wanted to make a short documentary about Throwback Brewery. Bryant's cousin Chris is an assistant brewer there, and we loved their beer. It wasn't long before the idea grew and we decided to talk to other breweries.
Show Me Something!
We finished our short documentary on Throwback Brewery, though, and that's available to watch now, for free, as a proof-of-concept for Brew Hampshire:
We're also releasing short clips every day, which we're calling Nanosodes. These will be short scenes or outtakes highlighting a brewery, business or organization associated with beer in New Hampshire.
For every shoot, we post an update with screenshots of the footage on our website. We'll be updating through out the production, so be sure to follow along, even after the Kickstarter is completed!
We released a teaser trailer for the film a few months ago, and it features Throwback Brewery, Earth Eagle Brewings, and Able Ebenzer Brewing Company— the first three breweries we visited.
Risks and challenges
Brew Hampshire is a passion project. We hope when it's finished, people will want to buy the bluray or DVD, or (hopefully!) purchase it on iTunes or Amazon. But we aren't being paid to make this, and we aren't building a fee for our work into the budget. We're using our gear, software, time and money to make this film a reality. Our biggest challenge is being able to afford to make Brew Hampshire a priority.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our goal is to finish it for 2015. We're still in production now (there are quite a few breweries to visit and people to interview!), but plan to hunker down this winter to do our editing. We'd like to make it for January 2015, and will have a much better chance if funded. There are some particular stories we're following that may delay the final product, and their may be some other curve balls along the way, but we'll certainly keep everyone updated. We want to release the film as soon as possible to raise awareness for NH Beer, and also to stay current with what's happening right now, but we also only want to release a product that we're proud of, so we'll be working on it as long as it takes to be a solid story.
No, our Throwback Brewery mini-doc is a stand alone project (that actually started our whole Brew Hampshire endeavor). There's actually still quite a lot of material that was left out from the interviews, which was mostly relevant to our Brew Hampshire storyline. We may use some material from the mini-doc, but the structure will be completely different.
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