Beer enthusiasts who tend to look beyond the same old cheap supermarket suds for something tasty and unique will get a kick out of this event.

In an unusual and well-coordinated national event, a few dozen cinemas across the country will simultaneously screen a version of the newly-released documentary film Beer Wars on Thurs. April 16.

The only screening in the Lowcountry area is at the Regal Azalea Square Stadium 16 (215 Azalea Square Blvd., 843-821-8000), located just down the street from the elegant Farringdon Bistropub in downtown Summerville.

“Beer Wars ‘live’ is so perfect for the Charleston area right now — a David and Goliath tale of the small craft brewery’s quest to teach Americans how to drink actual beer,” says Farringdon’s Cristina Vasilis.

The pub will feature happy hour specials inside and at the outdoor bar before the film. Afterward, they’ll offer nine craft beers on tap, including one of only four kegs of Stone Brewery’s new Russian Imperial to hit the state. Guests from local microbrewery Coast Brewing Co. and others in the industry will be on hand as well.

In her first documentary feature, filmmaker Anat Baron — a former General Manager of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Hollywood and television producer — explores the “hand-to-hand” combat in the retail world between longtime American mega brewing companies (Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, etc.) and the established and up-and-coming microbreweries. Beer Wars looks at the fierce competition and promotional tactics between the giants and micros from city to city (and shop to shop), as well as the new attitudes and innovations, and the ever-evolving, increasingly discerning beer culture in America. Cheers to that. —T. Ballard Lesemann