Pretty interesting review but I have an observation on one of your lines:
"Inevitably, the film’s troubles lie in its one-sidedness. A good documentary presents both sides of an issue and allows the viewer to decide for themselves"
While in a perfect world this line would make sense, how many documentaries that you see that earn universal praise do this? Two examples of somewhat recent documentaries that have had huge impacts but are pretty much entirely one-sided are Gasland and An Inconvenient Truth.
My point is rarely do any modern documentaries give equal time to both sides. They are pretty much always made with an agenda whether they are valid ones or not. I think your review was a little unfair in that regard.
Fair enough, but there's a fine line between having an opinion and being completely propagandized. This one felt entirely too "rah rah" craft brewers and while I agree whole-heartedly with the sentiment, a genuine POV from the big boys would have been nice.
For some excellent neutral docs, I'd recommend Lake of Fire, The Act of Killing, Restrepo and Wasteland to start. And Michael Moore is an ass, but at least he has more film construction skill. Beer Wars was well intentioned but too amatuerish to recommend to the masses.
Thanks for checking it ou!