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).

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