Over the last few years there’s been a boom of reality style TV series. I’m not talking about the quality shows like ‘Big Blurter’ or ‘Biggest Snoozer’, ones like American Pickers, Auction Hunters, Duck Dynasty and any Beer related series are the ones I enjoy.
There’s been a slight increase in beer and alcohol related shows and series on the idiot box and online in recent times. Shows that highlight beer, show how beer is made and the antics some craft breweries get up to. Below is a few that I’ve been able to track done over the last few years.
A series run weekly on Discovery Channel back in 2010. The show focused on Sam Calagione, founder and head of Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware, and his staff as they searched the world for new, ancient, and imaginative inspirations for beers.
Unfortunately it was canned due to pressure by a large beer company who threatened to pull advertising, but a little later it came out that it was due to low ratings. You be the judge on that one!
This show is the reason that I’m a fan of their brewery as I’d never tried their range before completely watching this series.
While it’s not on TV anymore you can buy the series (6 episodes) on DVD. Try Ebay!
Dan Hanna and Mark Iscaro set off on a thirteen episode crusade around Victoria to check out and sample beers from craft breweries.
This series was on community TV (channel 31) which you may see re-runs of the series. If not check their site as a DVD is available.
Series 1 – 13 episodes “The First Crusade”
Series 2 – “Search for the Holy Ale” currently seeking funding
Now having finished their second series towards the end of last year, complete nutters and owners of the popular Scottish brewery – BrewDog, James Watt and Martin Dickie travel across America. They visit different towns to collaborate wacky beers using some wacked-out methods to create interesting locally inspired craft brews.
It’s quite entertaining watching these episodes to get an insight on how their minds work and you can see the reasoning as to why their brews are so out there!
Good news is that season 3 has been given the green light by Esquire (also produces ‘Best Bars in America’).
Series 1 – 3 episodes
Series 2 – 10 episodes
It’s a show about the goings on at Dark Horse Brewery (their beers have yet to hit Australia), a craft brewery in Marshall, Michigan. Aaron Morse is the tattooed and bearded owner of the brewery living the dream, loves beer – starts a brewery, loves bikes and modifying them – starts a custom bike shop & loves Tats – opens a tattoo parlour.
Kicking the brewery off over 10 years ago, he employed his mates and has built a brewing empire. In each episode they carry out in-house projects, whether it is a modification to their brewery or building a Xmas parade float.
Aired on the Discovery Channel in the US last year and now currently airing on A&E in Australia.
Series 1 – 6 episodes
The program follows the ups and downs of this British brewery trying to keep on top of its game in one of the most competitive industries in Britain and the people who work hard to keep the pints pouring.
Series 1 – 3 Episodes aired August – September 2014
While not a beer show, this is quite a humorous show (not that it supposed to be) about the life of the people who produce (illegal) moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina and the ABC officers trying to shut them down. It’s unsure how much this docudrama is fact or fiction, but still worth a watch.
First season premiered on December 6, 2011 and is currently up to series 4.
Well there’s a few to keep you occupied. Happy Hunting!