Looks like things are afoot at the Harpoon Brewery, as they are filming some sort of home brewer challenge there this evening for the History Channel. Details are scant, but it sounds like a pilot for a show that blends a little bit of Peter Kennedy’s Iron Brewer concept with Sam Calagione’s new show “Brewed.”
Contestants have been challenged to recreate a historic brew (like Sam will on his show) and then have it judged by a panel of experts, ala Iron Brewer. The experts include Brooklyn brewmaster and all-around dapper dude Garrett Oliver, Beer Writer Kerry Byrne, and chief Harpoonist Al Marzi. There’s also a studio audience that will get a vote as well.
If all goes well, the show will hit the air in November. No word yet on if they’re going to pick up the how, but it sounds like a done deal that they’ll get at least an 8 show commitment from History and will film future episodes at other breweries around the country.
If you’re a skilled homebrewer (unlike me), then you might want to try and get in on the action. Not sure how you go about doing so, but Google a bit and keep your ear to the ground. Sounds like they’ll be needing more brewers in the near future.
It’s exciting to see another beer show hitting the airwaves, as what’s good for craft beer is good for everyone. This looks like a cool Top Chef-like take on beer that could be a lot of fun to watch.
It also points to an emerging interest amongst cable network executives in shows about beer and spirits. Maybe one starring brothers. From opposite sides of the country. I dunno, maybe they could be wise ass bloggers. Weirder things have almost happened!