Germans, Germanophiles, and good old fashioned beer drinkers everywhere kicked off sixteen days of carousing this past Saturday when Oktoberfest officially began. Indiewire's latest curated selections for Hulu's Documentaries page takes a look at the pleasures and pitfalls of drinking and cutting loose. Watch these and other docs now for free!
Phil Parkin's "Beertickers: Beyond the Ale" explores British beer drinking culture, following a growing group of men and women whose hobby it is to seek out and sample as many different types of beer as possible.
A love letter to beer and to a city, John Weber's "Brewed in Brooklyn" details the history of the NYC borough's brewing industry from the early 1800s through to today's modern craft breweries.
Expanding the view to whole of America, Anat Baron's "Beer Wars" exposes the cut-throat corporate world of the beer industry, and the challenges faced by independents to enter the market.
Continuing into the darker side, Pete Schuermann's "Haze" takes on the dangers of hazing on college campuses and the role alcohol abuse plays in the process.
Alcohol and drugs are among the temptations of the modern secular world faced by the Amish teens in Lucy Walker's "Devil's Playground," while the young Mormon singles of Hadleigh Arnst, Stephen Frandsen, and Laura Naylor's "Duck Beach to Eternity"celebrate spring break sans alcoholic beverages.
Finally, "Ken Burns' Prohibition" reminds us of the government's failed attempt to suppress alcohol.
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Indiewire @ Hulu Docs" is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu's Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).