Regent to Host Boston Premiere of “Beer Hunter: The Movie” Thursday, November 7

Oct 08, 2013

7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA   02474 * 781-646-4849 *
Regent Theatre to Host Boston Premiere of “Beer Hunter: The Movie”
Story of How Michael Jackson, aka “The Beer Hunter,” Influenced the World of Craft Beer
Event to Feature Guest Speaker, Tom Acitelli, noted author of The Audacity of Hops… Plus Local Craft Beers

Thursday, November 7
Doors open at 6:30 / Film at 7:30
General Admission: $8 (advance) $10 (day of show)

Contact: John Voci
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Beer Hunter: the movie is an homage to the late British writer and journalist Michael Jackson.  A legend in the world of craft brewing, Jackson’s landmark 1977 book, The World Guide to Beer, was the first of its kind and the first to categorize almost every major style of beer in the world. Jackson viewed beer as a component of culture and described beer in a cultural context. The Beer Hunter, his 1993 television series, helped launch the craft beer movement. Jackson was also the author of several other influential books on both beer and whisky, and also wrote columns and articles for numerous publications.

Jackson’s influence was so significant that he was appointed an honorary officer of Belgium’s Ridderschap van de Roerstok in 1997 for his contribution to the international success of Belgium beer, an honor previously bestowed only on brewers. He was the first winner of the achievement award of the institute for Brewing Studies in the US and was elected chairman of the guild of beer writers in Britain. He was also honored in France and Germany.

Filmmaker JR Richards began working with Jackson in 2004 on a series of videos for Jackson’s Rare Beer Club. Richards followed Jackson on his many trips through Europe and the US and discussed the idea of making a documentary with Jackson and another Beer Hunter series. After Jackson’s death in 2007, Richards decided that the footage from these travels would be made into a documentary.

Beer Hunter: the movie features interviews with noted brewers including: Fritz Maytag (Anchor Brewing), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewing), Charlie Parpazian (Brewers Assoc.), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery), Tomme Arthur (Lost Abbey), and Greg Koch (Stone Brewing).

Special Guest, Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution will introduce the film and speak afterwards about Jackson’s influence and the development of craft beer in the United States. A regular contributor to Town & Country and founding editor of Curbed Boston, Acitelli was a senior editor at The New York Observer for five years; and has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, New York Post, Redbook, and All about Beer. 

Beer Hunter: the movie will be presented at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street in Arlington, Massachusetts on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30). General Admission tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. The Regent is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal lot across the street. For tickets and info call 781-646-4849 or visit

For this special event, The Regent will serve beer exclusively from Massachusetts brewers provided by the event’s sponsors: Berkshire Brewing Company, Cisco Brewers, and Samuel Adams.

Sponsors of November 7 “Beer Hunter” Film Premiere Event

Beer Advocate
Beer Advocate is a global, grassroots network, powered by an independent community of beer enthusiasts and industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting and promoting beer. Based in Boston, Beer Advocate was founded in 1996 by Jason and Todd Alström to wake the masses to better beer options, give beer consumers a voice, empower them to learn, share, and advocate, rally to support the beer industry and to put the respect back into beer.

Berkshire Brewing Company
Located in South Deerfield, MA, Berkshire Brewing Company was established in 1994 by Christopher Lalli and Gary Borgoff. BBC’s goal is to produce clean, fresh, well balanced ales and lagers in small batches. All BBC beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and brewed without any chemical additives or preservatives. In addition to its signature Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, BBC produces eight other styles of beer year round and seven seasonals.

Cisco Brewers
Cisco Brewers was founded in 1995 by Randy and Wendy Hudson and is located on Nantucket Island. Whale’s Tale Pale Ale is the flagship brand but the brewery has also received much acclaim for some smaller batch beers from their Island Reserve and Woods Series Beers. Sister companies Triple Eight Distillery and Nantucket Vineyard sit on the same site just one mile from picturesque Cisco Beach. Open year round this a world class drinking destination.

Craft Beer Cellar
Craft Beer Cellar was founded in 2010 by ex-restaurateurs Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow on a desire to create a beer store that they would want to shop at, passion for the industry, and a commitment for changing the world of beer. They fell in-love with craft beer in the late ‘90s, and began a quest (which they’re still on) for amazing beer, the people behind it, and all that it entails! Their focus is on awesome beer with flavor, not those beers whose ingredients are intended to lighten color or lessen quality.  Craft Beer Cellar currently has stores in Belmont and Winchester with new stores scheduled to open in Braintree, Chelmsford, Newton and Waterbury, Vermont.

Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams is America’s leading craft brewer, brewing handcrafted, full-flavored beers. With more than 50 styles of craft beer, the brewery relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients.  Jim Koch first brewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager in 1984, challenging conventional thinking about beer. Samuel Adams continues to innovate with industry firsts like barrel aging beer, and has won more awards in the last five years than any brewery.