Free Mind Productions, from Denver, was in San Antonio Wednesday to get footage for its next film, “Crafting a Nation”. They were at Freetail Brewing Co., 4035 N. Loop 1604, in the morning and and spent part of the afternoon at Blue Star Brewing Company, 1414 S. Alamo, in the Blue Star Arts Complex.
The new film is a full-length followup to their film “Beer Culture The Movie,” which was focused on the industry in Colorado. The film crew was in Austin earlier in the week.
Scott Metzger, owner of Freetail, says he originally had talked to the filmmakers of in Denver at the American Beer Festival. “They asked me a lot of questions, speaking about some of the troubles we have (with alcohol code) in Texas. I hope they make Texas look backward — because our laws totally are,” said Metzger. Owners of brew pubs, such as Freetail, are allowed only to sell their product at their facilities rather than putting them out through distributors or self-distributing.
(Read more about the ongoing struggles of Texas craft brewers on Metzger’s website.)
JoeyVillareal, owner of Blue Star Brewing Company, said the crew asked him, basically, “what got into me to be doing this.” Villareal, who opened the brewery in 1996 at Blue Star, said that the crew was friendly and knowledgeable, but didn’t get into the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code issues.
According to the Free Mind Productions website, “Crafting a Nation” will feature “”the new and exciting growth industry behind the American Craft beer movement” and how “American craft brewers are rebuilding the economy… one beer at a time.” In addition, other areas featured will include California, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon and North Carolina.