The thing about the duck pond
They then took that beer down to the bar where the young, pretty people were drinking and passed it around. It was generally judged to be good. One guy said that seemed a bit salty, which it both amusing and horrifying to me.
So, that is HBSW. It’s a fun little piece, definitely entertaining but, keep you skeptic’s hat on while you watch it.
And the extras...
The first is “How Stuff Works: Beer Connoisseurs.” This a nice little piece that is kind of a general knowledge guide to beer and the beer industry. It switches back and forth between showing the viewer how beer is made and giving the viewer something of a snapshot of the brewing industry. It gives equal time to Anheuser Busch, Dogfish Head and Pilsner Urquell as it tries to create of portrait of the tradition, industry and innovation of today’s brewing world.
“How Stuff Works” is perhaps a little drier that HBSW but, it also seemed more fact based. While there was more new information for me in HBSW, I felt more informed after watching “How Stuff Works.”
The other extra is called “Emeril Green: What’s Brewing.” For reasons that were never made clear, this show, which is basically a cooking show, takes place in a grocery store. This episode is focused on organic beer. So, Emeril Lagasse and a homebrewer wander around the store and pick out ingredients for a meal. Then, they chat with the guy in the liquor section about organic beer. Finally, they make the meal in a little kitchen set up in the middle of the store while extras with shopping baskets wander the aisles behind them. It is distractingly strange.
Odd stagecraft aside, this is an interesting show. I generally like cooking shows anyway so when they are combined with beer I cannot look away. Besides all that, some of the dishes they prepared looked mighty good and I am probably going to give them a try.