August 06, 2014 2:37pm PT by Quinn Costello
Esquire's 'Brew Dogs' Risk Lives to Create Authentic Hawaiian Beer (Exclusive Video)
The next time you sit down and crack open a cold one to watch your favorite sports team, you may want to consider where it came from.
The Esquire Network’s travel/cooking reality program Brew Dogs depicts the back end of the craft beer business by following James Watt and Martin Dickie, owners of the U.K.’s fastest growing brewery, BrewDog. The show incorporates an interesting twist, however: Each of the 10, one-hour episodes features the two Scottish craft beer renegades visiting a different beer-loving American town, where they create their own locally inspired draft. A trip to the Alaskan wilderness, for example, inspires Watt and Dickie to use glacier water, spruce tips, winterberries and a few old airplane parts to brew a “survivalist beer.”
In a series that pushes the limits of brewery, Wednesday night’s episode may feature the most outrageous beer yet. In accordance with Hawaiian tradition, the pair decides to use heated lava rocks as a catalyst for their boil, but not just any lava rocks will do. So to ensure the authenticity of their beer, Watt and Dickie make a dangerous voyage to a local volcano on Maui, where they collect younger stones that are relatively untainted by the elements and proceed to heat them to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit amid hula girls and fire dancers at a local luau. Paired with local sugarcane and toasted coconut flavor, the boiling brew lets off a steam that Watt describes as “the best sauna ever.”
“It smells phenomenal. I want to live in this steam,” he continues.
The Hollywood Reporter has a first look at the episode (watch above). Brew Dogs airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.