TV Picks: Esquire Does Booze Right: Brew Dogs and Best Bars In America Back, Details — New Seasons premiere with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, April 1st at 9/8c.
Esquire Network continues its quest to celebrate spirits, camaraderie and mirth with a shot on the side:
This season for Best Bars, you will tour the world’s most notable drinking destinations when new episodes return Wednesday, April 1st at 9/8c, followed by craft beer anarchy with the season premiere of Brew Dogs at 10/9c.
Inspired by Esquire magazine’s annual run-down, season two of BEST BARS IN AMERICA follows comedians, best friends, experienced cocktail connoisseurs and hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton as they celebrate our country’s greatest watering holes. Alongside some raucous and famous friends, this season’s cross-country bar crawl hits San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; Southern California coast; Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI. Especially themed episodes revealing the best speakeasies, bar food and games are featured throughout the season.
Tour the booziest cities in the country with Jay Larson and Sean Patton — comedians, best friends, experienced drinkers and now hosts of Esquire Network’s BEST BARS IN AMERICA. They have the best job in the world. The task? To explore the best bars this country has to offer, inspired by Esquire magazine’s annual rundown. Wednesdays at 9/8c on Esquire Network.
Jay Larson and Sean Patton are comedians, friends and cocktail connoisseurs for over five years. BEST BARS IN AMERICA isn’t their first rodeo. Between the two of them, Jay and Sean have appeared on nearly every national comedy and late-night show, and currently tour the country, separately, performing their stand-up routines-and having a few drinks along the way.
- San Francisco (April 1, 9/8c) — In the season two premiere, comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton kick off their nationwide bar tour in San Francisco, where they find a detective-themed speakeasy, try their first waffle shots at a boozy brunch, and get punch drunk with Academy Award winner Nat Faxon.
- Washington, D.C. (April 8, 9/8c) — In Washington, D.C, comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton find that alcohol and politics do mix. They drink from the country’s largest whiskey collection, check out a new brewery in the old Navy yard, and make booze the colonial way in the home of America’s first president.
- Louisville (April 15, 9/8c) — A trip to Louisville shows comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton that there’s a lot more than whiskey in bourbon country. They sip a cocktail with a haunted history, go nose-to-tail with char-grilled squirrel, and learn a palate-busting beer lesson from the Brew Dogs.
- Minneapolis (April 22, 9/8c) — Comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton take in the booze-cruising, polka-filled world of Minneapolis, where they snack on pig’s head, enter meat raffles, and compete in a homebrew-themed curling tournament.
- Speakeasies (April 29, 9/8c) — Comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton walk through armoires, sneak in back doors, and slide away bookcases to reveal the Cuban flair, coin tricks, and innovative cocktails of the modern—and well-hidden—speakeasy. With special guest, comedian Aisha Tyler.
- Southern California Coast (May 7, 9/8c) — Comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton drink their way down the southern California coast, where they find an old stagecoach stop in the mountains of Santa Barbara, a pop-up culinary cocktail bar in a Venice garden, a beachfront dive with the coldest beer in SoCal, and comedian Bill Burr.
- Booze and Food (May 13, 9/8c) — Jay and Sean take a very small break from all the drinking as they go in search of the best bar food in America. In San Francisco, they toss dough with a champion pizza maker. In Chicago, they learn the true meaning of going “whole hog.” And in LA they nearly drown in nacho cheese with comedian Al Madrigal.
- Chicago (May 20, 9/8c) — In Chicago, comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton learn booze’s mobster roots. They get the Picasso treatment at a neighborhood landmark, take in the comedy scene with Pete Holmes, and get a taste of the local music with Blues legend Buddy Guy.
- Detroit (May 27, 9/8c) — Comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton witness Detroit’s resurgence, both as a city and a place to drink. Named Esquire’s Bar City of the Year, Detroit welcomes them with a train station turned craft beer hub, a spirits tasting straight out of the history books, and a city-wide bike ride with hundreds of new friends.
- Bar Games (June 3, 9/8c) — Jay and Sean play bingo, beer pong, and virtual golf at the best game bars in the country. They also get heckled at the Renaissance fair, test their smarts with comedian Kyle Kinane, and somehow strike out with swimsuit model Nina Agdal.
Meanwhile, James Watt and Martin Dickie, founders of the fastest growing brewery in the UK, makers of the world’s strongest ale, and evangelists of the craft beer movement return for a third season of craft beer chaos. New this season, the BREW DOGS are taking it global to celebrate distinctive craft beers by creating locally-inspired draft in major cities throughout the world. The brewing anarchists take over the following meccas across the globe: Aberdeen, Scotland; Brooklyn, NY; Louisville, KY; Michigan; Berlin, Germany; Belgium; Vancouver, Canada; Baja, Mexico; Nashville, TN and Miami, FL.
James Watt and Martin Dickie, founders of the fastest growing brewery in the UK, makers of the world’s strongest ale, and evangelists of the craft beer movement return for a third season of craft beer anarchy. This season, the BREW DOGS are taking it global to celebrate distinctive craft beers by creating locally-inspired draft in major cities throughout the world.
- Aberdeen (April 1, 10/9c) — James and Martin return home to their very own Brew Dog Brewery in Aberdeen, Scotland to revive the ghost of a dead Scottish beer while brewing in the most haunted house in the UK. They partner with Duncan Taylor to age the beer in a Scotch whiskey super-cask while hunting for ghosts with a team of the UK’s best paranormal investigators.
- Brooklyn (April 8, 10/9c) — James and Martin head to Brooklyn, the craft beer epicenter of the East Coast, and team up with entrepreneurial home brewers Stephen Valand and Erica Shea of the Brooklyn Brew Shop as well as modernist chef Wylie Dufresne to create the ultimate Big Apple Beer.
- Louisville (April 15, 10/9c) — A night of drinking in Louisville with Sean Patton and Jay Larson of “Best Bars in America” inspires James and Martin to brew a beer that tastes like the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, a mint julep. Teaming up with Against the Grain Brewery, the guys head to Buffalo Trace Distillery and build a Ferris wheel of bourbon barrels to infuse their beer with some of the finest bourbons on the planet.
- Berlin (April 22, 10/9c) — James and Martin are in Germany, where they’re teaming up with old friend Greg Koch, who is poised to open Stone Berlin, the first ever American craft brewery to land in Europe. The three craft beer pioneers join together again to celebrate one of the world’s most renown beer cultures while rocking the establishment by brewing a beer that flies in the face of one of the country’s most archaic laws.
- Vancouver (April 29, 10/9c) — James and Martin head to Vancouver, British Columbia to craft the perfect apre`s-ski beer, a piping hot- chocolate beer brewed in Whistler. Partnering with Vancouver’s Main Street Brewing Company, the guys take advantage of Whistler’s many high-adrenaline activities, and take their brew on the ultimate winter sports adventure.
- Michigan (May 7, 10/9c) — James and Martin head to Grand Rapids, Michigan and take advantage of the icy, sub-zero temperatures to brew a potent, ice-concentrated Eisbock with craft beer giants Founders Brewing Company. And what better place to brew an Eisbock than 15 feet under a frozen lake.
- Brussels (May 13, 10/9c) — When James and Martin head to the land of beer legend, Belgium, it’s with a very special goal in mind: to become honorary Belgian brewers and assemble the greatest six pack on the planet. Armed with a mission and two tiny European vehicles, James and Martin split up to discover the best of Belgium’s craft beer scene while helping to create some of the world’s most distinctive beers.
- Miami (June 3, 10/9c) — The heat is on in Miami, where James and Martin pay tribute to the city’s infamous rum running history and brew a rum barrel aged beer while traversing the waterways outside of Miami Harbor.
- Nashville (May 20, 10/9c) — James and Martin head to Music City to brew a beer inspired by Nashville’s legendary music scene. The guys team up with Tennessee Brew Works and use music to power their brew system.
- Baja (May 27, 10/9c) — James and Martin head south of the border to experience the adventurous side of the Baja Peninsula. In the spirit of the Baja 1000, the wildest, most outrageous off-road race on the planet, the guys brew an equally outrageous beer, using sea urchin and peyote skins and serving it up Michelada style.
In 2007, Martin Dickie and James Watt were bored of the industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales that dominated the UK market, so they decided to brew their own beers. Both only 24 at the time, they leased a building in Aberdeen, Scotland, got some scary bank loans, spent all their money on stainless steel and started making hardcore beers. With innovation at its heart, their BrewDog company developed beers that intentionally destroyed preconceptions of beer drinking and craft beer marketing. Today, BrewDog is one of the fastest-growing companies in the UK, with multiple restaurants and breweries. James and Martin have appeared as series hosts on Channel 4, and continue to have massive social media impact via viral videos and unusual stunts. BREW DOGS is their first foray on American television.