FilmScene celebrates Craft Beer Week, unveils rooftop happy hour

Beer Hunter
The documentary Beer Hunter, starring beer expert Michael Jackson, will screen as part of FilmScene’s American Craft Beer week celebrations. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with a rooftop beer tasting.

Starting Monday, FilmScene will celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18) with a series of events and the debut of its rooftop happy hour.

American Craft Beer Week is a national celebration of craft brewing put on annually by the Brewers Association. The event aims to showcase small brewers and their beers, and also connect beer lovers at tastings and beer-related events nationwide.

On Tuesday, May 13, FilmScene will host a beer tasting followed by a screening of Beer Hunter, a documentary about legendary beer connoisseur and evangelist Michael Jackson. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and is presented by 7G Distributing.

Emily Salmonson, FilmScene’s director of operations, said they immediately wanted to do something to celebrate craft beer, especially since they are popular in Iowa City, and microbreweries are popping up in the area. During the week they will offer beers from Big Grove, Green Flash, Millstream, Schlafly, Summit and Tallgrass breweries.

Beer Hunter, Salmonson says, augments the pint-by-pint education offered at bars, providing another way to learn about craft beers and their cultural and historical significance.

“We knew there were a lot of people who would be interested in this kind of documentary,” said Salmonson of Beer Hunter. “A lot of people in Iowa City like craft brews, and they’re interested in beer, on a whole, in Iowa City, so we thought it might be a popular event.”

Located above its indoor theater, FilmScene’s rooftop patio accommodates 40 people and will be used throughout the summer for outdoor screenings, the first of which will take place May 18 at dusk with Wet Hot American Summer.

FilmScene will continue to host happy hour Monday–Thursday starting at 4 p.m. throughout the summer.

Space for Tuesday’s tasting (4:30 p.m.) and screening (6:30 p.m.) is limited to 67. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are also available for the May 18 rooftop screening of Wet Hot American Summer. They can be purchased online at or at FilmScene’s box office (118 E. College St., Suite 101).

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »



Fresh, local and hand crafted

Learn More

8 AM - 1 PM




World of Bikes presents:


Come talk with our experts about ways to stay on the bike this winter! Find out more at World of Bikes.

Get Started

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.