Onto Round 2 of the BrewDog TV review!
This post revolves around the Seattle, Portland and Denver episodes.
Since I wrote a small piece about a coffee beer for November BeerPaper LA and I am writing a larger piece about coffee and brewing for December, I was glad to see that the show went with the obvious for the Seattle episode. And though the molecular gastronomy was enlightening with the beer pairings, I would have skipped the added caffeine boost section and given more screen time to the chocolatier and the baristas and Elysian. That’s a personal preference though.
The Denver / Boulder show scared me a bit with the meat smoked thing though I liked the choice of pale ale. On the whole this one is probably the weakest so far. Maybe because it was titled Denver, I was expecting more of actual Denver but no mention except for brief bits on Great Divide and Strange. Plus they like Falling Rock which might be good outside of GABF but has a Toronado SF vibe that I don’t like. I much prefer Freshcraft. The gourmand section was fun too. It is my favorite segment of the show by far.
I was really excited to see the Portland show seeing that it is my hometown. A little strange to see them partner with Deschutes. Nothing against them but they don’t scream Portland to me. Much like my issue with the Denver show, call it Oregon or Colorado if you are going farther afield. The beer style was inspired though and takes a play from the Beers Made by Walking idea. My favorite beer that I won’t get to try. The food section ranks second behind the Philly donut section.
Overall, the show really works for me though. I enjoy the accents and the self-deprecating humor. They seem to be enjoying themselves which helps the viewer to enjoy the show!