In 2004, the InterBrew corporation announced plans to close the historic Boddingtons Brewery in central Manchester and move production of the "Cream of Manchester" outside the city. This film chronicles the brewers' final strike - five days in November - to protect their jobs and the ale's heritage.
As many of you know, the Boddingtons Brewery in the Strangeways area of central Manchester was closed in February 2005 despite the best efforts of the brewers to halt the move. The corporate owners, Belgium-based Interbrew, decided it would be more profitable to move the "Cream of Manchester" to Wales, despite the ale's legacy (the bee on the can, for example, represents Manchester as the "hive of industry").
This film chronicles the final five-day strike by brewers' union as they struggled to preserve local tradition in an era of globalization and transnational corporations.
The film is downloadable (a 250mb+ quicktime file) from Archive.org. http://www.archive.org/details/Bitter
Please watch it and post feedback on the Archive.org page.