Ideal Craft Beer Show and Host?

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  1. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    I figured it would just be best to start a new thread for this. With all of the discussion over on the Brew Dogs TV Show thread, I got to wondering what an ideal show would be like for you all. Mainly, I was thinking of who you would want to host it (would he be from inside the industry or outside of it?) and what the format would be like. Do you think craft beer "shows" will stay relegated to the likes of podcasts and Youtube (not that there is anything wrong with that)? Finally, perhaps another question: What would you like to see a "craft beer" show accomplish? Anything outside of converting "craft beer virgins"?
  2. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    Personally, I haven't given it too much thought yet, outside of my comments in the BD thread. I don't really know too many craft beer people that would fit the bill for a host, outside Sam Calgione and Greg Koch, or other famous craft beer people. Someone like Alton Brown for me. I would most likely want something like this:

  3. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,902) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Garrett Oliver would be nice.
  4. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (3,080) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I don't really know much about the more famous personalities in craft beer, but I think a successful format would involve pairing beer with food. Bring the foodies into the audience along with all the beer geeks and demonstrate that just like wine, the right beer can take a great meal to a whole new level.
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  5. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    I definitely think that going forward, if craft beer wants to reach a broader audience, that they have to approach it from a foodie perspective. It can't just be a beer for beer's sake program.
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  6. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (5,588) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    I have been very harsh on BrewDog in the past. Though as hosts, I thought it was a good show. Just get rid of the stupid gimmicks like making a kelp/chili/rosemary IPA on a train, and I am good. The food paring segment on the BrewDog show was great, and that is what should be the focus. Not stupid gimmicks.
  7. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    But that's kind of their schtick. We're talking about the guys that stuffed a bottle in a roadkill corpse. Overall, the show wasn't too bad.
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  8. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (5,588) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    I hate schtick:grinning:
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  9. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    I'd love to see a show that takes craft beer to the hood and tries to convert people that love their Henny and Cocolosos. Part of the thrill would be seeing bearded hipsters scared out of their flannels going into the neighborhoods. Then watching the reactions of people as they forsake the Old E for a hop bomb would be just priceless.

    I'd love to see that show.
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  10. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Poo-Bah (1,813) Aug 22, 2013 California
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    I second that, Garrett Oliver is the man. He did a short segment about beer and cheese which opened a whole new world to me
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  11. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Michael Jackson... if he was still alive.
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  12. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I haven't seen the show. I think someone who is enthusiastic and maybe not even completely knowledgeable but who wants to learn and really pursue the beer experience. Travelling to locations and visiting the breweries, talking with the brewers and such. You want someone who has questions and can ask them. I am available. :stuck_out_tongue:
  13. mcrago

    mcrago Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    I would like to see Mike Rowe do something similar to what he did on "Dirty Jobs", but instead just working in different breweries; interviewing the owners, workers, and customers. Also, showing us great beer and some of the stories behind the brews.
  14. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Agreed. I don't really think it's about the host, as long as he (or she) is personable, knows what they're talking about and can get the guests to talk about themselves and the craft. After all, who really know about Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern or even Mike Rowe when they started their shows. Add into that Adam Richmond, the Burger guy and so on.
    I think what would make a show like that interesting would be talking to different brewers, touring and tasting their facilities, pairing it with foods, and maybe hosting a round table in each city. So for instance, in California, get Vinnie Cilurzo, Mike Koch, Ken Grossman and so on together for a conversation about how they work, what their philosophies are etc.
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  15. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,179) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    His Beer Hunter series is still my ideal.

    Imagine celebrating world-class beer that you can as fresh as possible and consume in the unique culture that developed around it -- and it's accessible any time you want it in as large a quantity as you want to consume it.

    Quite a contrast from the current U.S. craft connoisseur scene....
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  16. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Garrett Oliver.
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  17. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    Yep - he has the knowledge, the stories, and is a good speaker.
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  18. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    That would be awesome. I never thought of Mike Rowe for it. Brian Unger (video), from How the States Got Their Shapes (a great history show with lots of great information in a nice format). He is a great host, asks great questions, and is quite funny (IMO).
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  19. mcrago

    mcrago Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Both would be great hosts, I just know that Rowe is a "beer guy".
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  20. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Kate Beckinsale. She can talk about whatever she wants.
  21. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I really like the mention of Garrett Oliver. Think he'd be great. I also like the idea of Mike Rowe. I always thought he was great in Dirty Jobs.
  22. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Crusader (761) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey

    I thought Brew Dogs format was good and the hosts came off as likable and knowledgeable. I would also like to see a Diner's Drive In's and Dives type show with beer, where you have a different local "beer knowledgeable" host each week hitting local breweries and bars in that city. Picture Greg Koch hosting one week and hitting Green Flash, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, etc. as well as some of the best beer bars (Toronado, Neighborhood, etc.) and talking with the brewers and bar owners about their beers and recipes as well as the customers there to see what they are drinking and what they like. Maybe hit a ballpark while you're there and let us know what is being served at the stadiums too, good or bad. Then off to SF the following week where Vinnie C. could do the same thing in his city.
    Move the show to a different great beer city each week with a different host, whether it's a brewer or craft beer bar owner, something like that might just work, although reading some of the posts in the BD thread, no show is going to make everyone happy.
  23. broodog

    broodog Initiate (122) Jul 18, 2009 Illinois

    If you like podcasts, check out this show by the Chicago NPR affiliate, WBEZ, called Strange Brews. They stopped by Three Floyds a few episodes ago. Peter Sagal is featured in one, as well.
  24. LeperJim

    LeperJim Meyvn (1,126) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio

    Show title: Craft Beer with Hildegard
    Host: Hildegard van Ostaden
  25. DBijnagte

    DBijnagte Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Minnesota

  26. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    Patton Oswalt
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  27. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    It could be more of a documentary style show with Morgan Freeman or David Attenborough narrating.
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  28. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,931) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I would be down with something similar to Adam Richman's "America's Best Sandwich," though emphasizing a style of of beer instead of beer in general. A regional round robin type competition to find the "best" IPA or saison, or stout, etc. of a region and then put each of the winners up against one another nationally.

    As for hosts, personally I would prefer the host be a beer fan, not a professional brewer. And I would also like a panel of hosts. Perhaps 3, so the choice doesn't come down to just 1 persons opinion. A trio of Mike Rowe , Anthony Bourdain, Alton Brown would be awesome if they had the capabilities to fill the roll; I know Bourdain does, I bet Brown could, I have no idea about Rowe though.
  29. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    Both of 'em...
  30. Jimbobebop

    Jimbobebop Aspirant (225) Jun 12, 2013 Illinois

    The cast from It's always sunny in Philadelphia rate beers and yell at each other, a few musical numbers, and Windell Middlebrooks,The Miller High Life Guy and recurring guest star as the Host. (Tranny Optional)
  31. beerluvr

    beerluvr Meyvn (1,232) Jan 2, 2001 Canada (ON)

    My friend and I wore out his VHS copies of Jackson's "The Beer Hunter" series. I mean like WORSHIPED them!
  32. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    All they drink is Coors Light! :wink:
  33. Jimbobebop

    Jimbobebop Aspirant (225) Jun 12, 2013 Illinois

    For now, but I can see a cat food and glue IPA in the future... oops spoiler from the next brew dogs episode
  34. cynical1027

    cynical1027 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2008 Ohio

    How has no one yet mentioned Wil Wheaton? He'd make an excellent host for such a show!
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  35. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Meh. Not a fan, give me Sheldon Cooper over Mr Wheaton.
  36. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (832) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    Guys, you need to check out the Let There Be Beer campaign, most beery people in the UK have been enjoying it immensely over the last few weeks.

    Some highlights:

  37. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Crusader (761) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey

    The food looks good but the beers? If those are the highlights, I'd hate to see the rest of the show.
  38. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (832) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    I was being mildly facetious :wink:

    It's a big advertising campaign that a bunch of the bigger brewing companies have cooked up as beer sales in general are down, and they have somehow hoodwinked the likes of Fullers, Adnams and Meantime etc into being part of it. It's hugely amusing and getting slated across the board
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