Looking Back at Poured in PA: 15 Years of GK Visual
January 6, 2021
We’ve loved looking back on our 15 years of GK Visual, sharing stories, memories, and favorite shoots along the way.
However, our original feature-length film and its subsequent web series, Poured in PA, is by far our team’s most-talked-about, most-loved project. Something that each one of us has poured blood, sweat, and tears (and beers!) into.
Take a look at some of our favorite Poured in PA shoots.
We meet so many great people on all of our Poured in PA shoots who are working hard to make their dreams a reality.
One of my favorite stories has been following Love City Brewing. I had a small connection to this husband and wife team but had never met them before. For our first shoot with Kevin and Melissa Walter, we visited their location when they were nothing more than a hollowed-out industrial building with a gigantic hole in the ground.
In the years since then, I’ve seen this dream of theirs blossom into an amazing space that not only pumps out great brews but has become a warm and inviting anchor in their community.
One of my favorite times shooting Poured was at ShawneeCraft Brewing. It’s usually just 2-3 of us shooting at a location for a few hours, maybe having a few drinks and then moving on.
But, since ShawneeCraft has a beautiful hotel on location, we decided to make it a company outing as well. This allowed for the whole crew to be together (which is rare, especially these days). We had a great time working, talking, planning, playing games, laughing, and growing as a team.
The craft beer industry has the best people in it. They are some of the kindest, most generous people we know. We are always appreciative of their time (and beer!) and honored that they trust us with their stories.
One shoot I really enjoyed was The Meeting of the Malts. One portion of the event is a panel discussion with leaders in the craft beer industry. Comments from Brooklyn Brewery’s Brewmaster Garret Oliver really hit home with me, regarding craft beer being a new thing. He explained that craft has always been around, but we have been lied to with the mass production of food and beer that took over in the middle of the last century. The real food and beer that disappeared is coming back.
We’ve filmed there a few times, but my favorite shoot was a summer day at Grist House. They have a great outdoor space and are very dog friendly, it was a lot of fun hanging out and filming all the dogs there. They are also Penn State fans located in Pittsburgh, which is a big plus.
Shooting the film was a little different for me because I was pregnant the entire time! However, two shoots stand out for me.
The first was visiting Dock Street Brewing and its powerhouse of women who run it. They had history, famed beer, great pizza, and innovation — a special combination in a crowded industry.
The second was our visit(s) to Yuengling. Dick Yuengling was a surprise sweetheart on both occasions, and I still can’t believe they just let you walk around the old lager caves like that! Add a sip of Yuengling Lager right off the line — this was a special trip and one I won’t soon forget.
Watch Poured in PA
You can watch the original film, Poured in Pennsylvania, and all Poured in PA: The Series episodes FREE on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/pouredinpa.