By Alan Shope
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV/CNN) - A beer historian with autism has captured the attention of a documentary crew. They'll delve into the expertise of a man who has had a long love of everything beer.
For 55-year-old Lance Rice, there's just something really special about a brewery. While you and I see metal and machines, lance sees something else. It's a passion for beer like few others that began long before he could ever drink one.
Rice started collecting beer cans when he was a kid. He has autism and says the cans would relax and calm him. He now owns thousands of them and has decided to write a book about the history of beer.
It's a story that's caught the interest of a national documentary crew.
"Lance's story is about the beauty of autism, and it's about overcoming incredible odds," said documentary director Aaron Rice.
But Rice does more than just consume and collect beer stuff. He's also a historian. He knows nearly everything there is to know about beer. It's knowledge that's going into his upcoming book, but beer talk is also his favorite conversation.
Rice says just because someone has autism, that doesn't mean they can't be passionate about something like beer. He admits, for him, it's more of an obsession, but he's hoping others will learn from his story and realize you can do whatever you set your mind or lips to.
"When you give people hope, families hope that have children with autism," said Rice.