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.
Sound exciting? I agree — and on a network teeming with shows like "Swamp Loggers" and "Ice Road Truckers," it's nice to find something a bit toned down and relatable. Plus, what other show allows you admire even more the very beverage you're holding in hand while watching?

Check out a trailer for "Brew Masters" below:

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Dogfish Head beer featured in Discovery's new 'Brew Masters'
Reality series focuses on the art, fun, and history of beer making.