Its a bit old news at this point, but I had a interesting experience last week.  I hinted at it in my previous post, but I had a chance to be on a TV show!

I was contacted (by roundabout means via Chris LaPierre) by the producer of the Samantha Brown show on the Travel Channel a couple weeks ago.  Apparently they somehow heard of the Beer of the Bike rides that I do and thought it would be a nice feature for the show.  We met, planned and set up a brief pub crawl ride.

There were some errors in planning, and Wednesday I found myself scrambling to gather the 10 or 11 people that had planned on filming with us on Thursday.  Sadly very few of those who had planned on coming (and had taken Thurs off from work) were able to make it.  Due to the weather, they decided to scrap the actual riding too.  I don’t think Samantha was excited about riding a bike through a rainy 40 degree day.  Go figure.

So I ended up drinking beer and filming for a TV show with Samantha Brown, along with Lois (6 months pregnant), Rose, and Sonya.  A stark contrast from our usual rides, which are heavily male populated, and of course, are actually rides.

We started at Yards, with a faux tour, including some staged dark malt additions by Samantha.  We spent the most time at Monks, where Tom Peters poured some amazing beers, including a 6 year old Westvleteren 8.  That alone made the day worth it.  We ended the day at South Philly Taproom, where Adam and Joe poured us some local favorites while we chatted about the Philly beer scene on camera.  And Lois got her chance to shine by dissing the suburban beer culture, ha, which she mildly regrets.

Some other high points: getting to wear a fancy wireless microphone, a full meal at SPTR paid for by the show, having a chance to plug my idea of a Travel Channel show – filming me riding my bike to different breweries worldwide.  I’m glad that at least some of you all were able to be a part of it, especially Lois!  I just hope they manage to hide her pregnant belly, I don’t want to be seen as encouraging alcohol consumption during pregnancy!  The episode should air sometime in May.  Stay tuned!

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