No Reservations is Missing the Bus

I am a huge fan of the Travel Channel show, No Reservations hosted by Tony Bourdain. It is outstanding! I have become such an addict that I watch the new episodes on TV and the reruns on Netflix. I love how Tony goes to foreign countries and just immerses himself in the cultures. He eats everything the locals eat. He truly respects the individuality of each culture. He has been to Germany, Tahiti, Argentina, Iceland, and multiple cities and towns in the United States. But what he has not done is visit American craft beer. No, it is not a place. But there are places that represent this to the tee.

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Brew Masters – Chicha, Punkin & Portamarillo

MIGUEL: Ahh, man! The Chicha show is about Sam’s quest to make an authentic Chicha, which is a thousand-year old recipe that hails from Peru. I forgot to mention that authentic meant germinating the corn with the saliva of his employees. Yes. Saliva. Okay, I’m passed it. So the corn is added to a small amount of malt and spices to make a delicious corn-based beer for the folks at the Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. As scary as this beer sounded, it made me want to go to the Rehoboth Beach brewpub even more. So I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that I am going to spend my 30th birthday next year visiting the Dogfish Head brewery and Brewing and Eats. I’m excited. Everyone’s invited. Sam, if your reading this, get ready for California Castaway.

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Brew Masters – Craft Beer on Television

MIGUEL: First let me say congratulations to Sam, Dogfish Head, and the entire craft beer community. This is a major milestone for craft beer which will only drive more people towards better tasting brews made by truly passionate people. Speaking of passionate people, the show’s first episode was kind of an ode to Miles Davis. Sam made Bitches Brew in honor of the 40th anniversary and re-release of the album (Bitches Brew), which is a perfect combination of honey beer and imperial stout. Miles’ Bitches Brew album is the perfect fusion of jazz and rock. Sam took a big risk by committing to develop the recipe and produce the beer in a short period of time. But it paid off in the end as the beer turned out to be a crowd pleaser. I’ve had it myself at my local Dogfish Head Alehouse and thought it was impressive. I think the show does a good job of keeping non-beer nerds engaged and entertained, which is a big deal when you are talking about network broadcasting. I like the way they drop random beer history and other facts throughout the show. Nice touch! I love the show. I wish it the best of luck and hope to see many more episodes in the future.

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