Craft Beer Goes to the Big Screen

Beer is no stranger to the silver screen. It features prominently in quite a few movies, from images of frosty mugs to blatant plugs for sponsors. However, beer is coming to the big screen in a new way this coming April. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Alamo Drafthouse have teamed up for a killer one-two punch, the Off-Centered Film Festival, billed as "off-center movies for off-center people." It might be described as "off-center films BY off-center people" equally as well.

What's up with this film festival? Simply put, the brewery and theater have teamed up to let beer lovers make their own films. Aspiring filmmakers can create their own short films and submit them to the contest through March 1, 2011. The entire point of the festival is to create and highlight original films that are as "un-mainstream" as possible. Of course, the festival is also designed to help celebrate the spirit of creation that flows through both the world of craft beer and independent films – a good combination if there ever was one. The films will be rated by a panel of judges made up of film enthusiasts from both Alamo Drafthouse and Dogfish Head, and the top three entrants will receive a cash prize. If you're interested signing up, you can do so over at

Of course, neither Dogfish Head nor Alamo Drafthouse are strangers to innovation. Alamo Drafthouse is a "cinema-eatery" that combines great food, great craft beers and a love of movies into an incredible experience. Dogfish Head is one of the most popular craft breweries in the nation, and Sam Calagione (owner and founder) not only runs one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, but hosts Brew Masters on the Discovery Channel, too.

So, whether you're a brewer or a filmmaker, this "off-centered" film festival should have something to love. It will be held in Austin, Texas (home of Alamo Drafthouse). If you want to take a trip to Dogfish Head, though, you'll need to make a trek to Delaware, where you'll be able to visit the brewery and enjoy their onsite restaurant as well (serving their beer, of course!). If you love the spirit of independent films and great craft beers, then you really should at least make plans to attend in April. However, if you've got the filmmaking bug, make sure you get your submission in before they close at the beginning of March.