Beer is one of the world's oldest prepared beverages (dating back to 9500 BC) and is credited by archeologists as being instrumental in the formation of civilizations. So it's rather surprising that it has taken this long to craft a reality show around the subject.
Enter "Brew Masters," the new series from Discovery Channel that follows Dogfish Head Brewery founder and president Sam Calagione as he travels the world searching for unusual brews and learning about age-old beer making techniques. From the site:
Sam sets out to recreate "ancient ales" that have been discovered at sites around the world from Egypt to Peru. He travels to Rome to research old-world Italian beers as inspiration for a new site in New York with Mario Batali. A visit to New Zealand introduces the idea of making the "first tomato-based beer." And back home, Sam is tasked to come up with a commemorative beer called "Bitches Brew" to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of Miles Davis' famous recording.
Check out a trailer for "Brew Masters" below: