1. Chef Won Kim has put together a multitude of events centered on the vibrant homebrewing scene in Chicago. The Iron Brew delivers as the best to date, showcasing the supreme brewing talent of 20 Chicagoland homebrewers. Won and Aaron Tyrell (The Chicagoland rep for Stone Brewing Co.) helped craft an event that puts them all to the test, as Randy Mosher, Jason Ebel, and "Stone" Greg Koch, decide who will win the Iron Brew.

    This short documentary takes a look at the IBU (Illinois Brewers Union) members only event and focuses on the electric atmosphere and unyielding passion that encompasses the craft beer/homebrewing underground in Chicago.

    3rd place: 2 Bourbon Barrels from Few Spirits.
    2nd place: A chance to brew at the Roundhouse by Two Brothers brewing company.
    1st place: A trip to California to brew on Stone's 120 Barrel system and be distributed all over the USA.

    A collaboration between BeerFX.com, and ChicagoBeerGeeks.com, and skalawag.com

    Music:

    The Record Company - "Don't Let Me Get Lonely"
    therecordcompany.bandcamp.com/

    Dozens - "Forget Me"
    dozens.bandcamp.com/

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  2. Humans have been putting all sorts of things in barrels for a very long time. The most interesting? Beer. Barrel aged beer has become a mainstay in craft beer culture and is sought out for its complexity, creativity, and scarcity. From sour to stout, bourbon barrel to port barrel, we explore a snippet of the culture that is barrel aged beer through the lens of the most unique beer festival in the United States. FOBAB.

    60 breweries from all over the US come to Chicago and showcase over 180 barrel aged beers. These beers are often the brewers rarest and most complex product, and something each brewer puts a lot of thought, time, and effort into. FOBAB is put on every year by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

    This is the 2nd installment in the Independent Beer Documentary series, a collaboration of BeerFX.com, ChicagoBeerGeeks.com, and Skalawag.com

    Directed, Shot, & Edited by: Mark Skala/Skalawag Productions
    Produced by: Kent Weber & Nik White
    Audio Recording, Editing, & Mixing by: Kurtis Garza-Rupp
    2nd Camera & additional Audio Recording by: Stephen Poon

    Music:
    The Record Company
    "Goodbye Sad Eyes" & "On the Move"
    therecordcompany.bandcamp.com/

    The Muzzlers
    "Nice Things"
    themuzzlers.bandcamp.com/

    You Black Kettle
    "Bridge"
    youblackkettle.org/

    Featuring:
    Wil Turner
    Steve Mastny
    Randy Mosher
    Pete Crowley
    Jeff Sparrow
    John Laffler
    Keith Lemcke
    Erin Kearns
    Nik White
    Gerrit Lewis
    Steve Mosqueda
    Ken Hunnemeder
    Janna Mestan
    Jared Rouben
    Brad Chmielewski
    Marty Nachel
    Chris Quinn
    Gary Valentine

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  3. This is the video I shot for Drew Fox and 18th Street Brewery's kickstarter campaign. They were successful and raised more than 200% of their goal. Drew has been putting some excellent beer into the Chicago Market. Go get some!

    "It was a dream that began in Chicago, in honor of 18th Street. Now living in Gary, Indiana, Drew has decided to open a brewery in a community without one. For over a year, Drew has been a brewer at Pipeworks Brewing Co., located near Humboldt Park, the neighborhood where Drew grew up. In his time at Pipeworks, Drew began refining his recipes, collaborating with fellow brewers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. 18th Street Brewery is Drew's investment back into his community."

    --Calvin Fredrickson, Whoa Tender (whoatender.tumblr.com/)

    Directed, Shot & Edited - Mark Skala
    Production Assistant - Laura Kick

    Shot on Canon 5d MK II with 70-200mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 100mm Macro.
    Edited with Adobe Premiere

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  4. This video tells the story of the small business boom on Lake Street in Miller Beach, Indiana. With the grand opening of 18th Street Brewery, they join Indie Indie Bang! Bang!, Miller Bakery Cafe, Miller Pizza, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, the Aquatorium, Lake Street Art Gallery and others in the mission to make Miller Beach, IN a destination for everyone in the United States.

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  5. This video, created for Rude Hippo Brewing Company, was part of a successful campaign that raised over $32K. They were funded successfully surpassing thier $30,000 goal.

    Go visit rudehippo.com and see where you can drink their beer!

    From Rude Hippo Brewing Company's Fundable Page:
    "Making great beer leaves us all tingly and warm, a relatively common phenomenon we just made up, known as The Fermentation Sensation.

    There is nothing quite so satisfying as transforming malt, hops, water and yeast into outstanding beer. If you’ll forgive the cliché – and even if you won’t – it's truly a labor of love.

    When our two companies - Rude Boy Brewing and Twisted Hippo Brewing - started considering a joint venture, our pairing became the only obvious choice. We were two companies who could share our passion and widely diversified talent pools to create a lot of truly excellent beer."

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