Esquire TV's traveling beer show Brew Dogs is coming to town this week, with stops at a couple of famous South Florida breweries.
Expect to see the show's crew (and maybe the stars themselves) at Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, and a few other spots around the tricounty area.
James Watt and Martin Dickie, owners and brewers of Scotland's BrewDog Brewery, have made a name for themselves in America with this television series, now entering its third season. Like Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, they are known for their experimental creations. In 2010, the company produced the End of History, a 55 percent alcohol-by-volume beer that was freeze-distilled and came in 12 bottles made using dead weasels, squirrels, and a hare. They've even picked up a sort of rock-star reputation among marketers and brand flacks across the world.
As part of the upcoming season, filming will focus on the top breweries of our area, and fans of the craft beer scene are encouraged to make the pilgrimage to their favorite taprooms to act as background for the episodes.
Saltwater Brewery's head brewer, Dustin Jeffers, told us that the opportunity for national exposure is a great thing for South Florida as well as its many breweries and should increase visibility to all of the vacationers who frequent our shores.
"I am very excited. I love the show," he said. "Their producer called the brewery one day and asked [to film here], and of course I said yes. So we ironed out the details, and they are coming Wednesday.
"I love their beer. I used to be able to get it back home all the time. Tokyo* was one of the first beers I bought over $10 in a 12-ounce bottle. I think it's pretty cool what they are doing: brewing American craft-style beers overseas."
Starting today, some of the featured breweries will include:
- Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park on Tuesday, February 10, from noon to 3 p.m.
- Due South Brewing Company in Boynton Beach on Wednesday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach on Wednesday, February 11, from noon to 3 p.m.
- Craft Beer Cartel/ Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, February 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.
- J. Wakefield Brewery in Wynwood on Thursday, February 12, from noon to 3 p.m.
It all comes to a finale on Saturday, February 14, with a tasting party at Wynwood Brewing Co. in Miami, where the gold-medal-winning brewery will be sharing the collaboration beer between them and Brew Dog Brewery starting at 5 p.m.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.