Increasingly, indie movie writer/director Joe Swanberg is becoming known for his love of craft beer, an enthusiasm he shares in his films. Drinking Buddies (2013) was set at Chicago\u2019s Revolution Brewing, and two episodes of his Netflix series, Easy, revolve around the \u201cBrewery Brothers,\u201d a pair of siblings who start an underground brewery. While it centers on a gambling addict, his new Netflix film, Win It All, is similarly sudsy.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s something that comes of the freedom of doing something because you love it, not because you intend to get rich from it.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhat do you find most compelling about the craft-beer movement?\r\nI love that it\u2019s one of the most successful, anti-corporate, Mom-and-Pop businesses in America. In pre-Prohibition Chicago, there used to be a brewery in every neighborhood. Post-Prohibition, we were left with a few massive corporations. Now, we\u2019re very excitingly getting back to that idea of the neighborhood brewery. On a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, the beer that\u2019s coming out of an area has the vibe of that area.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ve gone from shooting movies with nonactor friends on no budget to working with A-list actors like Anna Kendrick and Brie Larson. Do you see any parallels between your career and the craft-beer world?\r\nThe breweries [that] were early to the game are experiencing a level of growth that nobody could have predicted, sort of like the indie film that becomes a breakout hit at Sundance. You start with honest expectations, and then suddenly, everything\u2019s happening at once. There\u2019s something that comes of the freedom of doing something because you love it, not because you intend to get rich from it.\r\n\r\nDirector's Cuts\r\n\u201cNaturally drawn to the Midwestern stuff,\u201d Swanberg picks his top hearland breweries.\r\nIllinois\r\nHalf Acre,\u00a0 Revolution\r\nIndiana\r\n3 Floyds\r\nMichigan\r\nFounders, Bell\u2019s\r\nOhio\r\nGreat Lakes\r\n\r\nDo you keep track of brewing trends?\r\nFor me, the most exciting development in the last few years is that a lot of these breweries are making lagers. [Many] now are big enough that they can commit to the lagering process and experiment with that. That\u2019s been really cool as we push the outer boundaries of crazy triple IPAs, superhigh alcohol, crazy-hoppy beers. I really like hoppy beers, but I don\u2019t like being put on my ass by a 12-percent [abv] triple IPA. Basically, you have a few sips of it, and you want to go to bed.\r\nWhen people drink beer in your movies, they drink an awful lot of it. Is it really beer?\r\nThat\u2019s always up to the actors. Some actors want to, other actors don\u2019t. I always try to have good beer around. It\u2019s nice to have a beer at lunch break. The movies are always fun opportunities to take actors around and show them what\u2019s going on in the beer scene.