About Us

When someone thinks of a brewer, they probably don’t picture a petite woman with red pigtails.  But with Tonya Cornett’s amazing beers and growing collection of medals, things may change.  From farm to consumption, women are fighting their way to become some of the most influential people in the craft beer world.   Based in the Pacific NW, The Love of Beer  follows these inspirational women as they struggle to end stereotypes, handle their rising fame, and raise families in a 21 and over lifestyle.  They’re not doing it for feminism or equality—they’re doing it for the love of beer.


Almost three years ago I impulsively moved from Philadelphia to Portland to live with a guy who was involved with the Portland craft beer industry.   The relationship ended horribly, but I  fell in love with the NW craft beer community-it was unlike anything I had ever seen.  The craft beer community quickly became my second family, and I started incorporating my background in video production by making short videos for friend’s beer blogs, festivals, etc.  I started going to more events and met more and more people in the community and in the industry.  I began to notice a huge disconnect between the vast amount of women beer consumers and the sparse amount of women who worked in the beer industry. After meeting inspirational women like Sarah Pederson, Tonya Cornett, Lisa Morrison, and Teri Fahrendorf, I knew that I had to make a documentary celebrating the amazing women in the industry and introduce others to the community I had fallen in love with.  I’ve had so much support and love along the way, and I can’t thank everyone enough.


Alison Grayson

Producer, The Love of Beer


We’d like to take a minute to thank our associate producers, whose generous donations and help were essential to the completion of this movie.

  • Michael Wright
Lundy Dale
  • Evan W Roades-Brown
  • Dr. Harold Gulbransen
  • Bailey’s Taproom
  • Kerry Finsand
  • Tamara Simonich
  • Sarah Pederson
  • Green Bottling
  • Jerry Grayson
  • Pridy

We also had a ton of help along the way through donations and fundraisers. We’d like to thank our Kickstarter sponsors, along with some private sponsors who helped out in the early stages.

  • Michael Wright
  • Lundy Dale
  • Evan W Roades-Brown
  • Dr. Harold Gulbransen
  • Bailey’s Taproom
  • Kerry Finsand
  • Tamara Simonich
  • Sarah Pederson
  • Green Bottling
  • Bend Brewing Company
  • Fort George Brewery
  • Upright Brewing
  • Lucky Lab Brewing Company
  • Kathleen Reilly
  • Erin A. Juzapavicus
  • Lyra Morrison
  • llucero
  • Gayle Goschie
  • John Scofield
  • Evan
Elsa Karpasitis
Jenn McPoland & Jeremie Landers
  • Tyler Vickers
  • Hal Oien
Dean McCrea
The Servies
  • Gordon Feighner
  • Taska Brown
  • Sebbie Buhler
  • Skye Fitzgerald
  • Teri Fahrendorf
  • Cindy Marasco
  • Karen M Iwicki
  • Frank Chang
  • Sydney Skilken
  • Chris Crabb
  • Kari Gjerdingen
  • Kendra McCall
BREWVANA: Portland Brewery Tours
  • Nicole Courides
  • Rodney Gitzel
Heather Hogan
  • Megan Watson
Stumptown Acupuncture
  • Amber DeGrace
David A. (RunsOnBeer.com)
Leslie Czernik
  • Joe Hallett
  • Stevie Caldarola
  • Michelle Woehrle
Marie Norcross
Christine (Boo) Wisniewski
  • Cait
  • Jacqueline ‘Gault
  • Alisha
  • Greg Heller-LaBelle
  • Jocelyn McAuley
  • David Diperstein
  • Beth Harrington
Patricia Webb
  • Sean Inman
  • Erin Donovan
  • Morgan Miller
  • Alex Wrekk
  • Meghan Rutledge
  • Maxxx
  • Alysson
  • Val Kangail
Mark Oleskey
Justin F.
  • Christine McDevitt
Daruss Paul
  • Michael Kopera
  • Heather
Benjamin Beamer
  • Julie Strange
Feargal Ledwidge
  • Jackie Weissman
  • Kathy L Thomasson
  • Merril Smith
  • Nicole Gyllenskog
  • Benjamin Meader
  • Vancouver Minglers
  • Hopheads Festival
  • Shaon Williams

Receipt from the Post Office-sending thank you swag to our sponsors!

The Sound

Thanks to musical donations and trades, we’re thrilled to have a combination of originally scores and original songs from local musicians.  All of our musicians perform regularly in the NW and have albums available, so check them out!

The Family

I couldn’t have done this film without the help of Rex, Portland’s premier post and production facility.  If you need any assistance with post production sound, color, or any stage of video production, they’re the place to go.


14 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Mariah June 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Hey Alison,
    I just stumbled across your trailer on NW Documentary’s facebook page. I am from PA and lived in Portland for almost 3 years before moving to NC to get my MFA in film. I used to volunteer at NW Doc and miss Portland so much. I just wanted to drop a line and tell you that I loved your trailer and I cant wait to see the whole film! The craft beer community in the NW is amazing! And your film is beautiful!

    • The Love of Beer June 3, 2011 at 12:05 am #


      Thanks so much! I lived in PA right before coming to Portland and while I do miss it, I adore Portland. I’ll tell the NW Doc crew that you say hello!

  2. Laura Champagne January 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Any chance of this film making it to Canada (Victoria in particular?)

    • The Love of Beer February 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      Sorry for the late response! We’re working on making our way up to Canada, either via a film festival or beer event. We hope to have a date locked down in the next couple of months. Cheers!- Alison

  3. Rayne Wolfe February 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Allison – can you please give me a way to contact you via my email? I want to advance your screening at Lagunitas in Petaluma. Thanks!

  4. Steven Lynn February 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Really like the trailer tease and would like to help promote women and beer at our local level. How can I find out more?

    • The Love of Beer March 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Steve, Thanks! Where are you located? Most areas have great local chapters of women in beer groups such Girls Pints Out and Barley’s Angels. And you could always host a screening 😛

  5. Matt Abbett May 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Alison, It is Matt Abbett following up with you from the Indie Spirit Movie Festival. Can you please send me your email address so I can send you an email regarding the event we discussed having in Colorado Springs, in conjunction with Bristol Brewing Co and the Craft Brewers Guild. Finest regards, Matt 719 963 8655

    • The Love of Beer May 16, 2012 at 1:32 am #

      Hello! I just sent you an email–looking forward to speaking more!

  6. Lilly Sue February 13, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    This is so awesome to see. I can’t wait to see the documentary. I myself started a food and beer blog about a year ago and it has been so much fun but I think people are always shocked when I tell them 🙂 I am an engineer by trade but a passionate food and beer enthusiast all the time. 🙂 so glad to have found this!

    • The Love of Beer February 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      Thanks for saying hello! Engineer/Beer lover sounds like a wicked combination 🙂

  7. Terri April 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I feel like crying. But happy (hoppy?) Tears! Thank you for showing that the LOVE OF BEER is not just a dude thing. I love beer. I brew beer and the surprise and comments of people amaze me. I keep telling my husband, there have to be more women who love beer like I do! You girls are amazeballs!!!

    • The Love of Beer April 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

      Aw, best comment ever! Thanks for being awesome and keep advocating for women in beer!!

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