The 2006 comedy Beerfest was a great movie about beer. (I may have a terrible memory, but Will Forte saying, “It was ze greatest beer in all ze world” is permanently seared into my brain.) But that film only scrapes the surface of enjoyable beer-related content out there. There’s so much more to watch! You just need to know where to look.

So we went ahead and dug up the best beer-related content available on Netflix and Amazon Video (the majority of the content is free if you have Amazon Prime). Watch any of these shows and movies and you’ll undoubtedly learn something about beer and be entertained! It’s a win/win.

….And if you drink a beer while watching these, you’ve just stumbled into a rare win/win/win.

Happy streaming!

Craft: The California Beer Documentary

Streaming on Amazon Prime
If you’re going to talk about craft beer in America, you can’t possibly ignore California. And documentarian Jeff Smith interviewed employees from 80 different breweries to offer a look at the Cali scene. You’ll see everyone from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. founder Ken Grossman to a man who teaches about beer at UCLA, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences, Charlie Bamforth.
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The Irish Pub

Streaming on Netflix
Have you ever felt nostalgic for something you’ve never experienced? I’ve never been to Ireland, but after watching a few minutes of this documentary about Irish pubs, you’ll feel like you know these places. If many of the Irish pubs in America look the’s because they are. But the people and the culture that originally sprung up around these pubs is different from what we know here in the States. It’s enlightening to learn about the history of the Irish pub from actual pub owners in Ireland. Fair warning: spend 74 minutes watching this documentary and you might end up booking a trip to Cork for a pint.

Freddy Heineken

Streaming on Netflix
“Freddy Heineken” sounds like the fake name Johnny Depp uses when checking into a hotel -- but he was a real dude! He died in 2002, and Netflix bought the rights to a Dutch TV show about his amazing life. This show is like a real life Mad Men (smoking at work! bosses having sex with employees!), and Freddy had a life that would sound outrageous if it weren’t true. One of the richest men in the Netherlands, he was once at the center of a kidnapping plot. There are only two movie-length episodes (100 minutes each), so you can learn a lot about this fascinating man fairly quickly. credits:"[matthewreid / Flickr](" align:center


Streaming on Netflix
We certainly don’t condone excessive drinking -- but we’ll look past the fratty title of Zane Lamprey’s Netflix series because of how much great beer culture the show features. The charming Lamprey travels the world to far-off spots like Vienna, Fiji, and Kuala Lumpur, and does plenty of beer drinking along the way. He’ll show you how drinking beer ties into local culture -- like when, after drinking a beer, he’s dared to do cartwheels in a Speedo on a popular beach. Does he do it? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Streaming on Netflix
If you’re in the mood to be depressed about the time America wasn’t able to legally drink beer, this is the Ken Burns documentary for you! It’s three long episodes about that dark, dark time in America’s history. Oh, God, I need a beer.

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Barely Beer Barons

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Ever sit at your boring desk at your boring day job doing boring tasks and daydreaming about what it would be like to own your own brewery? Yeah, me neither. (I write about beer; my job is flipping fantastic.) But if you ever have, this show gives you insight into the blood, sweat, and dogs in costumes it takes to run a brewery. (That last thing will make sense when you watch the show.) And since the episodes (other than the premier) are around six or seven minutes long, they even appeal to those with short atten--

The Love of Beer

Rent on Amazon Prime
This documentary about women in the beer industry was released back in 2012, but it’s still as relevant as ever. The film follows pub owner Sarah Pederson and brewer Tonya Cornett -- the latter of which was, at the time, brewing fantastic beers for Bend Brewing. (Cornett now brews for 10 Barrel Brewing Co.; if you’ve ever had a Cucumber Sour, you can thank her!) Selected for many a film fest, the doc even won a Best Feature Documentary award from the Indie Spirit Film Festival. Stream it tonight and we bet it’ll win the Best Feature Documentary award...of your heart. (Nailed it.)

Note: 10 Barrel Brewing Co. is a member of The High End, owned by Anheuser-Busch.