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I’ve noticed some new beer and drinking related shows on TV in my late night channel surfing.

I’ve heard of “Three Sheets” from when it was on Mojo.  But as I never got that channel, I never really watched it.  Now that its on FLN, I’ve caught at least one episode.  I like the format.  And even though my watching of travel shows is permanently ruined from seeing behind the curtain of the Samantha Brown show, and even though it certainly glazes over much, I still enjoy this show.  I don’t expect it to ever be a comprehensive guide to drinking in other cultures, but its a fun watch.  Knowing a bit about brewing and distilling helps, as he/they tend to dumb things down a bit.

The other show that I found is the Thirsty Traveler.  This one I know much less about, other than recognizing the host from Iron Chef.  It seems like a similar format, and the one episode I saw was entertaining.

I hope you don’t watch as much TV as me, but at least now there are some interesting things to watch.

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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