Join our host Michael “Fezz” Nazarec in each episode as he meets the people who make the craft beer scene the unique, interesting and fun world that it is.
Fezz is constantly out meeting those behind craft breweries, both long established and freshly poured. This includes the business of craft beer as well as the actual brewers themselves. He’ll also introduce you to those behind the establishments that love and promote craft beer. These will be bars, pubs, restaurants and festivals that have been around for years and have grown with the business or new kids on the block that are riding the surging wave of craft beer popularity. Fezz will also be digging into the heavier stories that relate to craft beer, such as advocacy groups and campaigns doing their part to grow the beer love! We’ll also give some regular attention to what could be considered the heart of craft beer… the home brewer.
Beer! will feature regular components in each episode. One of these will be “Experts and Rubes.” Here we will task some self-proclaimed beer know-it-alls with tasting and evaluating a few brews. Then we’ll grab some indiscriminate lager louts and get them to sample a few varieties, get their feedback and ideally just expose them to some of the great beer options available. Fezz will also do a taste test each episode with samples based on specific styles and/or seasonal brews. Michael knows his stuff. Trust him and your palate is in for some very interesting tasting adventures!
The Beer! production crew is rounded out by Tim Davis and Robin Barber (producers) and George Laszuk (camera/technical producer). Together the Beer! group has over 120 years of extensive television experience. It’s up to us to make Fezz and the beer look great!
We’re always on the look out for more story ideas. If there is something you think we should spread the word about, tell us! Whether it’s a new brewery, a specific beer, a great craft beer blog, or a new pub or restaurant, let us know.
Michael “Fezz” Nazarec is the host of Beer! He brings a wealth of beer knowledge to the show having been a home brewing ace for many years: name a variety and chances are Fezz has taken a crack at it. Like any passionate home brewer he continues to experiment regularly. This interest has lead Michael to head up home brew clubs in both Calgary (Cowtown Yeast Wranglers) and Toronto (TRASH: Toronto Regional Association of Specialty Brewers), with TRASH being awarded the Best Homebrew Club in Canada by the Canadian Amateur Brewing Association 5 times. Fezz is also constantly seeking out both local and international new brews and establishments that have a craft beer presence. Some of his current favourite beer styles are: West Coast India Pale Ale, English Extra Special Bitter, Belgian Tripel, Flemish Oud Bruin, Gueuze Lambic, Smoked Porter and Berliner Weisse, to name a few.
Prior to starting production on Beer!, Michael was already documenting his beer related travel experiences on his blogs Fezzbeertrek2012, Fezzbeertrek2011 and Fezzbeertrek2010. You will be able to find many on these reports here on the Beer! website. As you read Fezz’s work and watch Beer! you’ll discover that he really does have a refined, expert palate. Watch, listen and learn!
Fezz is also not a rookie at television having worked as an audio technician for 25 years on many well known productions such as CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the Juno Awards, World Cup Alpine Skiing and a number of international events including 6 Olympic Games. Fortunately for craft beer lovers Michael has now stepped in front of the camera to share his beer brain with the world!
Should you see Fezz out in your favourite local or shooting a new episode with the Beer! crew, be sure to introduce yourself. There are always new and interesting beers out there for all of us to discover, enjoy and talk about.