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Sam Calagione, craft beer maestro, and his team at Dogfish Head Brewery travel the world and their own backyard searching for exotic ingredients and discovering ancient techniques to produce beers of astounding originality. They also deal with funky bottles, ruthless timelines, clouds of construction dust even the quest for the right saliva. Sometimes it all comes together, sometimes it all hits the fan. No matter what happens, Sam and team Dogfish Head put it all out there, and have a good time doing it. Be a part of their quest to reclaim beer s heart and soul.
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Brew Masters Episodes
Sam Calagione, maverick, family man and entrepreneur owner of Dogfish Head Brewery travels across America and around the globe as he explores new ingredients and techniques and collaborates with other craft brewers to come up with the next great brews.
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Premiered Nov. 21 at 10 pm E/P
Sam and his brew team at Dogfish Head collaborate with Sony Records to create a new fusion beer in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the classic Miles Davis' album, "Bitches Brew." With a very tight deadline, they must formulate, tweak, produce and ship 50,000 bottles of custom beer.
Premiered Sunday, Nov. 28 at 10 pm E/P
Sam heads to Peru to explore an ancient corn based brew called Chicha. Since he's always looking for authentic brews, Sam decides it's worth following the ancient recipe -- including chewing up the corn to naturally speed fermentation. So it's all hands on deck in Delaware when the Dogfish staff is enlisted to use their own saliva to brew their newest craft beer.
PUNKIN & PORTAMARILLO
Premiered Monday, Nov. 29 at 10 pm E/P
Sam travels to New Zealand to make an indigenous brew for Beervana, the annual craft-brewing competition. Meanwhile, at the Milton brewery, fears of dumping a significant amount ofÂ Punkinâ€™ Ale loom when it ends up in the wrong type of glass bottles.
GRAIN TO GLASS
Premiered Thursday, Dec. 9 at 8 pm E/P
When a company approaches Sam about making a beer out of cedar scraps salvaged from their hand-made surfboards, Dogfish jumps at the chance to create their first "cedar-fied" beer. But, the team faces a major setback when 9,000 gallons of their signature beer, 120 Minute IPA, gets flagged by Quality Control.
Premiered Thursday, Dec. 16 at 8 pm E/P
Dogfish Head is about to brew a batch of "Chateau Jihau," a 9000 year-old recipe based on pottery jars recovered from a village in Northern China. Sam heads to Egypt in order to bring back to life beer from one of man's earliest civilizations.
Very entertaining. Sam is a character in his own right and will give you an even better appreciation behind some of DFH's greatest beers.
In any case, the episodes do not include Brews for Batali, or whatever they called the lost sixth episode that Discovery didn't show in the US. Since that was the only reason I bought this DVD, having the other 5 episodes on iTunes already, I'm feeling a little lost. In any case, if you haven't seen these shows on Discovery, and they don't seem to want to rerun them, this DVD is excellent.
Sam Calagione and his wife Mariah run Dogfish Head brewery, clearly the most "out there" brewery in the states today. This DVD follows Sam & crew as they make 5 different beers ... a beer to celebrate the anniversary of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew album, a Chicha "hand made" or should I say "mouth made" with corn, a beer with surf board remnants, a beer with portamarillo, and finally an ancient Egyptian beer. I did say they are out there, right?
Sam's infectious enthusiasm and his interesting team really make this DVD a lot of fun to watch .. assuming you like beer of course. If you like corporate beer, you should watch Beer Wars for an eye opener. In that one, Sam was sued by foreign-corporate beer entity (I can't say which one, but they stole a beer's name from a Czech city) for using Chicory on the label, or some such nonsense.
I highly recommend this DVD, even though it doesn't have the lost episode.