Brews Brothers on Netflix

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by zachattack12, Apr 10, 2020.

  1. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    Not sure if this is the right forum, but has anyone seen this show on Netflix? It has it's moments, but for the most part, it just seems like a giant middle finger to the craft beer industry. Anyone else's opinions?
     
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  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Ya mean like how "Cheers" was a giant middle finger to bars or "WKRP in Cincinnati" was a giant middle finger to AM radio? I know I stopped watching TV News after I saw Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and, man, I never set foot in a NYC cab again after seeing that mechanic Latka on "Taxi". (I did continue to do nothing, however, no matter how bad "Seinfeld" made it appear. :grin:)
     
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  3. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,480) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Haven't heard of it, but why does it seem like a giant middle finger to the industry?
     
  4. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,124) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL I watched the preview and it looks funny as hell. I will be watching later on, thanks for heads up.
     
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  5. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    One of the two leads seems to be a parody of Shaun Hill. He's the ultimate beer snob, someone who thinks that beer is meant to be appreciated, not enjoyed.

    I watched four episodes last night. The show has it's moments. I noticed they name dropped a couple of LA breweries (Angel City and Mumford), which I guess gives it some kind of nerd cred.

    The main problem is, it's overly raunchy. The Shaun Hill-type character pees in his brothers beer in an attempt to sabotage him. And in the end, it makes it taste... better? Come on, guys.
     
  6. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,564) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I once tried to watch Trailer Park Boys on the recommendation of my nephew. About five minutes of that was all I could take. I think I'll pass on Brews Brothers, thank you.
     
  7. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    I'm still watching, on episode 6 right now. This show is ridiculously stupid. The "beer expert" brother is trying to convince everyone that bottles are better than cans. SMH.
     
  8. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,971) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Haven't seen the show, but bottles are better than cans. Just sayin'.

    I like Trailer Park Boys, so maybe I'll like this show too.

    Will give show a try, ridiculously stupid things sometimes are funny
     
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  9. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Boston Beer Co's Jim Koch thought so, too, and even included it in the Samuel Adams Beer Drinker's Bill of Rights:
     
  10. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    From the Sam Adams website: "Cans are also the best vessel for beer – despite what you bottle purists out there say"
     
  11. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Well, yeah, exactly - that's the point. Koch along with many other "craft" brewers* were once anti-can and now many of them are canning their beers. Did cans really change or did many of those brewers simply change their "belief" based on the potential to sell more beer?

    Still lots of "anti-beer can" sentiment out there - can be found right here in the BA forums (right, @cavedave :wink:) - seems like a perfect topic for a sitcom.

    *Two notable examples:
     
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  12. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    Tony Magee always seemed like a bit of a nut, to me. But I am a huge Dogfish Head fan and Sam Calagione is a guy I have always really admired.

    Personally, I think beer just tastes better in cans. I think it always did, people were just stuck in the past. But the idea that a "hip" brewmaster would be using bottles, in this day and age, is just plain unrealistic.
     
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  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    :thinking_face: An unrealistic sitcom?

    Damn.:grin:

    (I used to find it mildly amusing that some "Seinfeld" episodes featured the NYC-based characters drinking Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve, a beer popular in So. California where filming took place but that, as far as I know, was never distributed that far east by either of its 1990s owners [Heileman and Stroh]).
     
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  14. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,971) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I will bet you in any way that is legal that I can pour beers that are both canned and bottled, and you taste them blind, and you won't be able to prove that you can tell the difference.
     
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  15. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Why that restriction?

    You'll never get hired as a sitcom show runner limiting your plot line like that! :grin:

    (PS - The "goofy" next door neighbor ---- he's a state Alcoholic Beverage Commission Agent!)
     
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  16. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,203) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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  17. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,971) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Don't want to leave an out like, "well, I would take that bet, but that would be illegal." :grin:
     
  18. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (4,448) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    I used to drink only bottles exclusively, then the cans started showing up with the argument that no light, so beer deteriorated slower.

    Now, I rarely get cans, well only if I don’t have a choice. Why?

    The damage that cans versus bottles does is incredible. This despite the fact that aluminum is easier to recycle (glass has to be sorted and it breaks contaminating the whole batch). While aluminum is easier to recycle, there is so much demand that it needs to be obtained from the ground, creating havoc for the environment. Glass is sand...

    Well at least those are the arguments I heard...
     
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  19. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,076) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Like Judge Smails was a big middle finger to the court system. "You're playing golf and you're going to like it".
     
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  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,655) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe Jim Koch and Sam Calagione can shoot a commercial where one guy drinks beer from the bottle and the other from the can and they can 'discuss' this?:thinking_face:

     
  21. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,971) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Nowadays much/most (depends on location) recycled glass is recycled locally as clean fill, and used in construction and landscape. This means, for recycling it travels less and is easier to process than aluminum. This is because, as you point out, glass is made from an abundant, inexpensive raw material.
     
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  22. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,430) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    The show is South Park type humor without the humor.
     
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  23. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    i bottle all my homebrew, but if somebody offers me a can of good beer,,,,, ill drink it.
     
  24. AlexM

    AlexM Zealot (553) Jun 9, 2011 California
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    Do yourself a favor ... if you haven’t already, watch Schitts Creek instead
     
  25. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    Fair point, I should have said exclusively uses bottles. Hill Farmstead does use cans for their six packs. Jester King is bottle-only, but I believe they just do bombers.
     
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  26. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Meyvn (1,133) Apr 21, 2014 Canada
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    Yes. I’m a little disappointed this is over.

    Part of the Canadian sitcom pantheon with Trailer Park Boys, Letterkenny, and Learning The Ropes.
     
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  27. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (107) Oct 12, 2014 California

    Going to check out a couple of episodes tonight. I hear its mediocre at best.
     
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  28. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,826) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Just started this show - 1 episode in - and its exactly what I'd expect from a creator of the League ... that being said, it was alright. I'll finish it. Some of it is funny, the majority of it was a bit forced.
     
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  29. zachattack12

    zachattack12 Initiate (42) Apr 14, 2019 Kentucky
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    Funny thing, The League is one of my favorite shows. But, to me, The League never (or rarely) felt forced.
     
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  30. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,430) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Forced, yes, that's what I felt. Along with an overall sense of disappointment from the confusion of rudeness with humor.
     
  31. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (9,851) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    So stupid you can't stop watching? :thinking_face:
     
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  32. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,826) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I agree - Ive actually rewatched the league like 2 or 3 times now .... and no, the League was in no way forced - wasn't a lot of it improv though? I thought I read that most of the dialogue was improv on set and the scenes were more just outlines of what they were trying to accomplish.

    Anyway, back to Brew Brothers - I lied. I made it through 3 episodes then turned it off ... it really just wasn't funny and they were beating the jokes to death using them over multiple episodes. I doubt I'll finish it at this point unless I run out of stuff to watch before the quarantine ends ...
     
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  33. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,165) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    I watched most of the first episode. "Idiotic" and "sophomoric" are the adjectives that come to mind.
     
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  34. mushroomcloud

    mushroomcloud Poo-Bah (2,446) Mar 4, 2005 Texas
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    Jester King is canning some beers now as well.
     
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  35. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,478) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    I'm not here to engage in the near Holy War levels of "Glass vs. Can," which reminds me of the "gourd vs. shoe" parody in Life of Brian, but I will say that I recently read "The World in a Grain" book by Beiser, that gets into the long-term aspects of sand supply for glass (and construction) and it's fascinating if you want to learn more.
    Cans have now become dominant, and it does have costs, but I do pine for the bottles when I feel like a traditional beer has gone the can-way. CHeers to all... won't be watching this show though.
     
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  36. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (554) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Are there home beer canners ?
     
  37. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Meyvn (1,102) Oct 17, 2012 Texas
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    yes, but very few. The canning machines are several hundred dollars.
    I used to bottle, and now keg, all of my
    Homebrew.
     
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  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,655) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Bill, I have seen home canning systems available for sale at various HomebrewCon conventions but as was discussed above they are quite pricey. Too pricey for me.

    Plus I feel 'good' in reusing my bottles over and over. Do you remember when returnable bottles was a 'thing'? I have about 100 returnable bottles as part of my stash; those bottles are heavy duty and they last a long time (i.e., many, many reuses). The modern day 'one use' bottles are OK but they will infrequently break from time to time (e.g., snapped necks during the bottling process).

    Cheers!
     
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  39. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (554) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Thanks, I had a feeling that a home canning setup would be out of reach for the average home brewer.
    I fondly remember those heavy returnable bottles. The bottle had the original bottler and when we went on trips it was a contest to find the most cities or the bottle that had traveled the farthest.
     
  40. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    yep sure are if you got the $$$$$

    i got swing top bottles from recyclables store, like a ton for 15 cents a piece. sterilize, new gaskets and done and alot cheaper
     
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