Booze Traveler

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  • 2014
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.3  (397)

Booze Traveler is a televised travel and gastronomy show that premiered on the Travel Channel in 2014. Hosted by Jack Maxwell, this show takes viewers on a global tour of exotic alcoholic beverages and the people and cultures that create them. Throughout the show's six seasons, Jack Maxwell travels to over 50 countries, covering every continent and exploring local customs, traditions, and history that revolve around the different beverages he encounters.

The show's premise is straightforward—Maxwell sets off on a journey to explore different regions and cultures worldwide, each with its distinct types of alcoholic beverages. From whiskey in Scotland to sake in Japan to Absinthe in France, Booze Traveler takes viewers on a deep dive into the unique flavors, customs, and rituals that revolve around alcoholic drinks in different regions.

Maxwell is a charismatic and outgoing host, and one of the show's highlights is the way he immerses himself in the local culture, making genuine connections with local people, and enthusiastically trying out new drinks and dishes.

In the course of each episode, Jack Maxwell takes the audience on a journey that goes beyond just the drink to the people who make it, the traditions and customs they follow, and the stories associated with it. He has a knack for finding just the right people to share their stories and insights as he tries out various drinks that are often enjoyed in different ways.

One particular aspect that makes Booze Traveler stand out among other gastronomy shows is its focus on the cultural and historical roots of a drink. Jack Maxwell seems to have a deep interest in discovering the stories behind a drink, and he is always incredibly curious about the people that make it. For instance, when he travels to distilleries or small-scale breweries, he is keen to explore the unique flavors and textures that go into making these drinks.

In each episode, Jack Maxwell learns something new about the places he visits and the people he meets. He generally seems to have a lot of fun discovering drinks and engaging with locals, often trying drinks that are unique to the region and exploring the reasons behind them.

The show's production values are commendable. The camera work is excellent and captures the local landscape, culture, and customs beautifully. Every shot is framed to create an immersive, almost cinematic feel, which makes it easy for the audience to envision themselves in the host's footsteps as he uncovers the various local secrets.

Booze Traveler also features some behind-the-scenes looks at the making of different drinks, often providing an insight into the age-old methods that have been followed for generations. From the intricate distillation of single malt whiskey in Scotland to the filtration of tiki cocktail in Hawaii, each episode is curated to give viewers an experience that goes beyond the surface-level.

One of the shows' unique features is the host's emphasis on the responsibility that comes with drinking, which is a remarkable take for a gastronomy show. Jack Maxwell always reminds viewers to drink responsibly, to respect local cultures, and to enjoy drinks as part of the local tradition and hospitality.

In summary, Booze Traveler is a unique travelogue that explores the culinary culture in different countries from a unique perspective. It is a joy to watch as the host and the people he meets show us the beautiful tapestry of much-forgotten historical and cultural stories that shape each region's drinks. With its beautiful cinematography, enthusiastic host, and compelling storytelling, Booze Traveler is a must-watch experience for anyone interested in food, travel, and global culture.

Booze Traveler is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (78 episodes). The series first aired on November 24, 2014.

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Nature Of The Beast
18. Nature Of The Beast
April 30, 2018
Jack has met his share of party animals during his travels, many with fur and four legs. He's horsed around with Gauchos in Argentina, hunted frogs in the Philippines, drank a cobra cocktail in Hong Kong and munched huhu's in New Zealand.
Wet And Wild Pacific Northwest
17. Wet And Wild Pacific Northwest
April 23, 2018
Jack heads to the Pacific Northwest to follow in the footsteps of great explorers. He drinks beers in a hot tub boat, takes a seaplane to microdistilleries on the San Juan Islands and tries a drink made with bacteria and yeast.
Michigan's Endless Summer
16. Michigan's Endless Summer
April 16, 2018
Jack heads to the Great Lakes to relive his favorite childhood summer adventures. He motors through the Silver Lake sand dunes, meets world champion lumberjacks, makes fudge on Mackinac Island and finds a boozy summer camp.
The End Begins In Chile
15. The End Begins In Chile
April 9, 2018
From a cocktail cooled with glacier ice to an ancient drink with Chile's first people, Jack discovers how the locals live, play and drink in a land at the end of the world.
Southwest Spirits
14. Southwest Spirits
April 2, 2018
Drinks of the American Southwest; one of the largest hot air balloon parties in the world; drinking with rodeo clowns; mind-blowing art instillation; hottest peppers.
Boozy Beginnings Of The Chesapeake Bay
13. Boozy Beginnings Of The Chesapeake Bay
March 26, 2018
The Chesapeake Bay is the land of great beginnings and Jack Maxwell is tracing its origins one drink at a time. He makes crude colonial cocktails, races blue crabs, hunts and traps eels and muskrats then finds the origins of America's first whiskey -- because sometimes you have to go to the beginning to see how the Chesapeake's boozy story ends.
Czech Castles And Cocktails
12. Czech Castles And Cocktails
March 19, 2018
Jack finds the Czech Republic's most magical elixirs and beers; he stumbles upon one of the oldest clocks in the world, drinks booze in a gingerbread shop that would make Hansel and Gretel blush and delves as deep as a dwarf in the Punkva caves.
Italy: It's Personal
11. Italy: It's Personal
March 12, 2018
Jack visits Italy. He consults a bronze pig for good luck; picks walnuts with a local witch; lifts a curse with brandy; and finds a spot in the world's smallest bar.
L'Arte de Booze
10. L'Arte de Booze
March 5, 2018
Jack experiences the art of living in France, one drink at a time. He explores the beautiful and brutal world of water jousting; drinks boozy foam in the French Alps with a couple hundred goats; and toasts the finest champagne on Bastille Day.
Home is Where the Booze Is
9. Home is Where the Booze Is
February 19, 2018
Jack heads back to his native soil for a boozy homecoming in New England. He gets to live one of his greatest childhood dreams at Fenway Park; sinks a British ship; drinks a bizarre beaver-spiked liquor; and learns what it takes to be a lobsterman.
L'Arte de Booze
8. L'Arte de Booze
February 12, 2018
Jack experiences the art of living in France, one drink at a time. He explores the beautiful and brutal world of water jousting; drinks boozy foam in the French Alps with a couple hundred goats; and toasts the finest champagne on Bastille Day.
Caribbean Rhythm
7. Caribbean Rhythm
February 5, 2018
Jack discovers the true wonders of the Caribbean Islands. Featured: drinking liquid dynamite at a hidden jungle bar; throwing back wild bush rum concoctions; and scraping away poison to purify beer.
Asia's Hidden Gem
6. Asia's Hidden Gem
January 29, 2018
Jack drinks in Taiwan, the greatest hidden gem of East Asia. He drinks with the Taiwanese ghostbusters; experiences a dazzling natural light show deep below the earth; and finds his Zen at a private spa with a drunken monk.
The Common Crown
5. The Common Crown
January 22, 2018
Jack meets the everyday men and women who've held up the crown.
Costa Rica's Pure Life
4. Costa Rica's Pure Life
January 15, 2018
Jack toasts to "Pura Vida," the Costa Rican secret to happiness.
The Roarin' Rockies
3. The Roarin' Rockies
January 8, 2018
Jack wants to see how the rugged Rocky Mountains became a world-class playground. He learns the ways of the mountain men, experiences the wildest winter festival, and finds his favorite drinking game.
Viking In A Bottle
2. Viking In A Bottle
January 1, 2018
Jack searches the jaw-dropping fjords for the old Viking magic in a bottle.
Tahitian Dream
1. Tahitian Dream
December 18, 2017
In the Season 4 premiere, Jack goes to French Polynesia to experience its highlights which include taking a whiff of Vanilla Valley, finding pearls, performing a forbidden dance, and going on a private island with clear water.
Where to Watch Booze Traveler
Booze Traveler is available for streaming on the travel CHANNEL website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Booze Traveler on demand at Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 24, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (397)