I got to view a screening copy, and I can promise that the show makes Nashville look like a really great place to get a drink. (Like I didn't know that already.) Host Zane Lamprey and his drinking buddy Steve McKenna travel the country visiting bars and sharing cocktail recipes from some of the nation's best mixologists. There's even a drinking game that viewers can play along with as they watch each episode, but it sounds a little dangerous to me.
Our fair city acquits itself very well in tonight's episode, which features some of my favorite bartenders. After a visit to Ole Smokey Mountain Moonshine Distillery (NOT IN NASHVILLE! Gatlinburg. As if!), Zane sets out to meet and drink with Nashville alcognoscenti: Lauren Todsen of Whiskey Kitchen, Neil McCormick of Yazoo, Nancy Golimbisky of 12 South Taproom, James Hensley of The Patterson House, City House's Stephanie Melidis and Ben Clemons of No. 308. Or as the boys over at Cream call it, a Thursday night.
Zane and Steve even find time along the way to skate a few laps with the Nashville Rollergirls and compete in one of the show's traditional wacky challenges.
Along the way, the hosts learn about the difference between Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, the value of carbonating your own drinks instead of depending on soda guns and why it's a smart idea to actually measure out the portions of your ingredients when you're mixing a classic cocktail. The show is entertaining, informative and makes me wish I had a little dish on top of my house instead of sending one-fourth of my income to Comcast every month.
So set your DVR for 7 tonight or arrange for a viewing party with some of your friends or at one of the featured bars so that you can share in all the fun. Here's a little teaser to get you in the drinking mood: