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Video: Florida craft beer fight is subject of FSU film student's documentary

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A Florida State University film student has made a short documentary on Florida's craft beer fight.

Hunter J. Truman, who will be a junior at FSU's College of Motion Picture Arts, made "Beer Battle" during the spring semester as part of a school project and finished it over the summer. The 7-minute movie features several members of the Florida craft beer scene -- including Cigar City Brewing founder Joey Redner and Florida Brewers Guild lobbyist Josh Aubuchon -- talking about Florida's restrictions on beer container sizes, in particular their effort to legalize 64-ounce growlers (reusable jugs filled at the tap that allow people to take draft beer home).

The title screen to Hunter J. Truman's short documentary "Beer Battle."

The title screen to Hunter J. Truman's short documentary "Beer Battle."

You'll notice this video is far from unbiased. That wasn't always Truman's plan, he said today in a phone interview.

He originally wanted it to be non-biased, but said time constraints kept him from presenting all the sides.

"I couldn't paint an uneven picture" and say it wasn't biased, he said. So he decided the ethical thing to do was to make it an opinion piece.

He said started the project after wondering why 40-ounce beer bottles weren't available in Florida. He said he "went down the rabbit hole of insane factors" about Florida beer regulations.

The craft beer industry "just seems it has everything right going for it," Truman said. He was surprised to find that the brewers are being opposed politically, especially from conservatives who say they support small businesses, he said.

What's next for Truman? Don't look for another documentary, he said.

"Personally I'm much more driven to narrative stories," he said. He made "Beer Battle" for class and dreams of working in Hollywood on the more traditional fiction film.

 

 

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Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for more than a decade. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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