The Beer Hunter Episode 2: The Fifth Element

By on July 14, 2011 @ 6 PM (No Comments)

We’re devoting the entire month of July here at The BeerFathers to Michael Jackson, the famous writer and promoter of specialty beers. He passed away in 2007 but left a tremendous legacy behind in both his books and this gem of a TV series that aired 6 episodes in 1989. It was made by Channel 4 UK and Discovery Channel and it definitely looks and feels like it was made over 20 years ago (which it was). It’s still relevant though. In the series he tours the globe in search of good beers, educating us about the styles and history of beer along the way.

All the videos are on YouTube, but I found it hard to scavenge around finding the bits and pieces, as each episode is broken up into 3 parts. So what I’ve done is assemble the parts together by episode, so you can watch an episode all on one page. Credit for finding the YouTube videos goes to our beer pal Scott over at The Brew Club and credit for the episode titles and plot summaries goes to OVGuide.

Here is the second of the six episodes. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have. We’ll be posting new episodes twice weekly for the rest of July.

The Fifth Element

Plot: A trip to Bavaria gives us a background on wheat beers and the Reinheitsgebot, or German beer purity law of 1516. A visit to the famed Kaltenberg brewery of Prince Luitpold of Bavaria is also in order, and the process behind brewing the delightful local specialties Rauchbier (smoked beer) and Steinbier (stone beer) are also on tap. Jackson is also on hand for the tapping of the first ceremonial keg that commences Oktoberfest in Munich.

The Fifth Element Part 1:

The Fifth Element Part 2:

The Fifth Element Part 3:


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