Drinking Made Easy
Drinking Made Easy Format Travel Show, Alcohol-Related Customs Starring Zane Lamprey Country of origin United States No. of seasons 2 No. of episodes 29 (List of episodes) Production Editor(s) Travis Ford
Running time Approx. 30m Broadcast Original channel HDNet Picture format 1080i (HDTV) Original run October 6, 2010 – present External links Website
Drinking Made Easy is a pub-crawl television series which premiered in 2010 and airs on HDNet in the United States. Comedian Zane Lamprey hosts a humorous bus trip around the United States, exploring the local drinking culture of various cities in the country. In each episode, Lamprey samples popular or original cocktails and beers from bars and breweries in the area.
Season two will premiere with an hour long episode on October 5, 2011 on HDNet.
Each episode begins with an overview of the highlights of the episode. Throughout the show Zane and his friend Steve McKenna visit popular bars, breweries, and distilleries where they sample different offerings from the establishments. At bars, Zane is typically behind the bar interviewing the bartender, as well as making cocktails with the help of the bartender. At some point during the episode, McKenna (and sometimes Lamprey) will engage in an eating challenge where he attempts to eat a large portion of a signature dish from a restaurant in the area. Sometimes McKenna is trying to set a record at the restaurant, othertimes he and Zane are racing to finish first or eat the most.
Another segment typical to each episode is an interview lead by Marc Ryan. He typically visits a brewery or distillery on his own, and tries to learn the history and story of the business, as well as sample what they produce.
Zane and Steve hold a competition in each episode called the "Six Six-Pack Challenge" where Lamprey and McKenna face off in some sort of game and bet each other six six-packs on the outcome. The games are usually inspired by the location of the episode or the bars they visit.
- Zane Lamprey: Host.
- Steve McKenna: Sidekick to Zane Lamprey. He typically accompanies him to all of the bars and breweries, tries the drinks Zane mixes, and participates in the food challenge and six six-pack challenge.
- Marc Ryan: Corespondent who does his own interviews.
- Wes DuBois: Wears the Pleepleus costume in each episode.
Drinking game rules
The show also doubles as a drinking game, introduced after the first commercial break in each episode. The rules are as follows:
- The first person to see Pleepleus in a shot can make someone else drink.
- The first person to notice a continuity error can make someone else drink.
- Whenever Zane and Steve compete during the show, pick a side. If you lose, you drink.
- When Zane burps, the last person to make the “Good Burp” sign (putting your thumb to your forehead) has to drink.
- When Marc touches someone the first person to say "touché" can to make someone else drink.
In each episode Zane challenges Steve to an eating contest. This usually involves Steve trying to finish a restaurant's specialty or Zane racing Steve to eat the most of a certain food.
Episode Location Challenge Result S01E01 Phoenix Steve has to eat a 5 pounds of Tater Tots in an hour at Chuey's Mini Bar. Not clear S01E02 Sante Fe Steve takes the Fireman's 10 LB Burrito Challenge: a burrito with 10 eggs, 2 lbs potatoes, 0.5 lbs bacon, 0.5 lbs sausage, 0.5 lbs pork, 0.5 lbs beans, 0.5 lbs red chili, 0.5 lbs green chili, 0.5 lbs cheese, and 3 tortillas at Cecilia's Cafe. Fail S01E03 Austin Steve tries to break the restaurant record of 9 breakfast burritos at Juan in a Million. Fail (6.5 burritos) S01E04 Dallas Steve has to eat 10 lbs chicken fried steak with 5 lbs of potatoes at the Cowtown Diner. Fail S01E05 New Orleans Steve and Zane race to see who can eat 100 Cajun spiced crawfish first at Tony Moran's. Zane (100-79) S01E06 Florida Steve has to eat the "Kitchen Sink" (4 heaping scoops of ice cream, covered in multiple syrups, whipped cream, bananas, nuts, and maraschino cherries) at Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor. Fail S01E07 Atlanta Steve tries to break the restaurant record of 14 peach cobblers at Gladys Knight & Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles Fail (9 peach cobblers) S01E08 Virginia Steve tries to eat eight Stupid Wings at Caliente. Fail S01E09 Philadelphia No eating challenge. - S01E10 New York Zane tries to eat 30 oysters and drink a pint of Guinness in two minutes at Tracks. Success (1:05) S01E11 Boston Steve tries to eat two quarts of Clam Chowder. Success S01E12 Chicago Steve and Zane race to finish a deep dish pizza at Giordano's. Zane S01E13 Milwaukee Steve and Zane challenge each other to eat the most scorpions at Bad Genie. Zane S01E14 St. Louis Steve and Zane race to eat the most fried ravioli in twenty minutes at Blueberry Hill. Zane (26-22) S01E15 Kansas City Steve, Wes and Zane race to eat three BAR-B-Q Sundaes (6 oz pork, 5 oz coleslaw, 6.5 oz beans) at B-B's. Zane S01E16 Denver Steve, Wes, and Tabor (owner) race to eat the most rocky mountain oysters in ten minutes at the Wood Cellar Bar and Grill. Tabor S01E17 Salt Lake City Steve and Zane race to eat the most Jello cups in ten minutes. Zane S01E18 Boise Steve and Zane race to eat the most french fries in ten minutes at Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine. Zane S01E19 Portland Steve and Zane race to eat the most hazelnut butter and marian berry sandwiches in two minutes. Zane S01E20 Napa Steve and Zane race to eat the most stuffed grape leaves. Zane S01E21 San Francisco Steve and Zane race to eat a sourdough bread bowl and cup of New England Clam Chowder. Zane S01E22 Las Vegas Steve paired with Ryan (from the restaurant) race against Zane to eat the most fried Oreos in one minute at Aces and Ales. Zane S01E23 San Diego Steve and Zane race to each the most fish tacos in ten minutes at Pacific Beach Shore Club. Zane S01E24 Los Angeles No eating challenge. -
Six Six-Pack Challenges
In each episode Zane and Steve challenge each other to a contest. The winner gets six six-packs. Marc always chooses a side before the game begins.
Episode Location Challenge Winner S01E01 Phoenix Miniature golf. Zane S01E02 Sante Fe Keg foot (keg walking). Steve S01E03 Austin Billiards. Steve S01E04 Dallas Field goal kicking. Zane S01E05 New Orleans First to finish a frozen drink. Zane S01E06 Florida Golf ball driving for distance. Zane S01E07 Atlanta Keg throwing. Zane S01E08 Virginia Bar shuffleboard. Zane S01E09 Philadelphia Race up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Zane S01E10 New York Beer checkers. Steve S01E11 Boston Batting cage. Zane S01E12 Chicago Go kart racing. Steve S01E13 Milwaukee Bowling. Zane S01E14 St. Louis Darts. Steve S01E15 Kansas City Beer pong. Zane S01E16 Denver Hockey shoot out. Steve S01E17 Salt Lake City Alpine sled racing. Zane S01E18 Boise Sack race. Zane S01E19 Portland Washoos. Zane S01E20 Napa Bocce. Steve S01E21 San Francisco Backwards keg roll racing. Steve S01E22 Las Vegas Blackjack. Steve S01E23 San Diego Gold fish racing. Steve S01E24 Los Angeles No challenge - Wins: Zane: 13, Steve: 10
Taping is currently underway for season two of Drinking Made Easy . As of 10 June 2011, 13 episodes had been taped and the season is expected to premiere in the fall of 2011. The list of potential cities is:
- Baltimore, MD
- Burlington, VT
- Charlotte, NC
- Hawaii, HI (Big Island)
- Jersey Shore, NJ
- Kauai, HI
- Key West, FL
- Memphis, TN
- Miami, FL
- Missoula, MT
- Montreal, QC
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- Nashville, TN
- Portland, ME
- Providence, RI
- Quebec, QC
- Santa Barbara, CA
- Savannah, GA
- Seattle, WA
- Spokane, WA
- St. Augustine, FL
- Syracuse, NY
- Tampa, FL
- Toronto, ON
- Vancouver, BC
- Washington, DC
Awards and Recognition
Award Ceremony Year Category Nominee Result Source The People's Telly Awards 2011 TV Program / Segments Drinking Made Easy Nominated  The Tasty Awards 2011 Best Drink or Beverage Program: Television Won  The Tasty Awards 2011 Best Comedy Series Nominated
- ^ "Internet Movie Database". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1699208/episodes.
- ^ "Drinking Made Easy Twitter Feed". http://twitter.com/#!/drinkingmadeasy/status/108942517013188608.
- ^ "DME SEASON TWO!". http://www.drinkingmadeeasy.com/2011/01/dme-season-two.html.
- ^ "DME Facebook Post". http://www.facebook.com/drinkingmadeeasy/posts/232378600108945.
- ^ "HDNet Twitter Post". http://twitter.com/#!/HDNet/status/80663197945823233.
- ^ "The People's Telly Awards". http://www.youtube.com/tellyawards?x=qx9xn-nLnTw.
- ^ "2nd Annual TASTY Awards". http://www.tastetv.com/awards/index.html.
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