The Best Episodes of Drinking Made Easy
Last Updated: Jan 8, 2019
HDNet follows Lamprey as he completes a 53-city national comedy tour (also named "Drinking Made Easy") in which his entourage travels the US in search of the local drinks and drinking customs that have contributed to the birth, growth and distinction of our great country. Definitely a road trip unlike any other, visiting everywhere from the country's oldest brewery, Yuengling, to (arguably) the country's oldest bar, Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shoppe Bar. Hop on the tour bus and ride around from bar-to-bar from the comfort of your living room. Drinking Made Easy will be your guide to everything drinking-related in America.
#1 - Downtown L.A.
Season 3 - Episode 13
On the season finale of Drinking Made Easy season 3, the guys head to downtown Los Angeles to find explore some secret bars, breweries, and even wineries! We dive deep into the Downtown underground to find some awesome speak easy bars as well as historic establishments that have survived the test of time to provide some great drinks. We also wrap up things up by announcing the winner of the 6-pack challenge for the season. For the first time, the boys are tied at the season’s end so who ever wins the next match wins the season!
#2 - Tampa Bay
Season 2 - Episode 6
Zane, Steve and the Drinking Made Easy crew take on Tampa Bay Florida. They explore the rich cultural history of Ybor City, taste some of the fine locally crafted beers and spirits, play around on the bay and get “fired-up” with some unique nightlife. Tampa is the 3rd largest city in Florida and features a dynamic Cuban influence, a number of local distilleries and breweries, and is the birthplace of world the famous Hooters Restaurant!
#3 - Milwaukee
Season 1 - Episode 13
Zane hits up 'Beertown' He goes to 'The Bomb Shelter' where he downs Turkey Gizzard Shots, sips a 'Pink Squirrel' at Bryant's and nails some strikes in America's oldest bowling alley at Holler House. He finishes up by 'Closing Wolski's'
#4 - New York City
Season 1 - Episode 10
Zane Lamprey visits the Big Apple. He drinks at one of the city's oldest bars, the longest bar, and a bar that's location is a secret.
#5 - Napa
Season 1 - Episode 20
Zane Lamprey heads to wine country. He makes fresh Limoncello, visits Rubicon Estates to meet with a Master Sommelier, and has a grape leaf eating contest with Steve.
#6 - Portland, ME
Season 2 - Episode 13
Drinking Made Easy heads to Maine’s largest city, Portland. As always they will explore the best drinks of the area as well as visit some unique breweries and fermentories that make use of rich local ingredients and employ unique strategies the making of their beverages. This cozy water-front city has a large amount of local influences in their beers, their bars, and the cocktails.
#7 - Miami
Season 2 - Episode 5
This sprawling metropolis is a mecca for entertainment, food, culture and nightlife. From Downtown Miami to South Beach, this venerable hot bed of activity is overflowing with places to find great food and drink. Whether you’re looking for a trendy upscale hotel bar, a nightclub, or a local dive bar to catch a baseball game on the tube, Miami’s nightlife scene has something for everyone. Follow Zane as he stumbles across some of the city’s best mojitos, shares a cold one with a local legend, and explores the Miami’s sexy mixology scene.
#8 - Chicago
Season 1 - Episode 12
Zane visits Al Capone's own Windy City. He drinks a 'French 75' at the Green Door Tavern, has a $200 Cloud Gate Martini at Tavern At The Park, and an Apricot Margarita at Chicago's most intimate bar, The Matchbox.
#9 - Salt Lake City
Season 1 - Episode 17
Zane Lamprey visits the SLC. He visits Utah's oldest bar, dispels the myths about drinking in Utah, and learns the difference between vodka and whiskey.
#10 - Boise
Season 1 - Episode 18
Zane Lamprey visits B-Town. He has a 10-minute martini, visits a micro-distillery, and challenges Steve to a French fry eating contest in the back of a car.
#11 - San Francisco
Season 1 - Episode 21
Zane Lamprey visits the City by the Bay. He meets with Fritz Maytag, who lead the craft beer revolution, drinks Fernet Branca upside down, and drinks on a mobile island.
#12 - Las Vegas
Season 1 - Episode 22
Zane Lamprey visits Sin City. He drinks a bacon martini, eats deep-fried Oreos at Aces & Ales, and hits the tables in Planet Hollywood.
#13 - St. Louis
Season 1 - Episode 14
Zane visits the 'Gateway to the West'. He drinks at the Famous Bar on Route 66, Chuck Berry's hangout 'Blueberry Hill' and tests his vodka knowledge at Sub Zero Vodka Bar. He tops it off at St Loius' first dessert bar called Bailey's Chocolate Bar, with a Hot Chocolate Martini and a Cinnamon Stout Shake.
#14 - Monterey
Season 2 - Episode 3
California’s “first city” might seem like a sleepy and quaint little oceanside town, but Monterey, California knows how to party. Located on the California coast smack dab in the middle of the state, Monterey isn’t just known for its historic buildings and world-class aquarium. From Alvarado Street, with the densest collection of bars and pubs in the area, to the many vineyards along the outskirts of town, you won’t have to wander far to find a drink.
#15 - Asheville
Season 2 - Episode 16
Asheville has witnessed a recent boom in the craft beer industry and has earned the title “Beer City USA” two years in a row. Unlike other Beer City winners like Portland, Oregon, Asheville is pretty small by comparison with a population of approximately 75,000. But even with its small stature Asheville offers up 11 different breweries and plenty of beer festivals. Zane and Steve plan to hit 9 of these breweries in one day to taste a beer from each. Then they will square off in an Asheville Beer Taste Test. Learn more about the breweries and their beers below.
#16 - Portland
Season 1 - Episode 19
Zane Lamprey visit's Rose-City. He drinks at a converted elementary school, has an avocado margarita, and drinks in the city's oldest restaurant.
#17 - Key West
Season 2 - Episode 4
Located on the southernmost tip of the continental United States, Key West is the heart and soul of the Florida Keys. Its Caribbean vibe, year round sunshine, laid back lifestyle and Bahamian and Cuban influences help make Key West what is today: a great place for a tropical liquor-inspired vacation. At only 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, it was made for pub-crawling. From its proximity to some of the best rums in the world, to its lax open container laws and the abundance of bars and restaurants on the world famous Duval Street, Key West couldn’t be an easier place to drink.
#18 - Philadelphia
Season 1 - Episode 9
Host Zane Lamprey travels to Philadelphia, where he drinks beer from Presidential recipes, visits the oldest bar in the city, and discovers the temple shot.
#19 - Los Angeles
Season 1 - Episode 24
In the final episode of season one, Zane returns home to Los Angeles. He drinks out of fruit at Paradise Cove, takes a flight at Blue Palms Brew House and stops by Musso & Franks, a Hollywood institution.
#20 - Juneau
Season 3 - Episode 7
Drinking Made Easy continues its trek through the Alaska’s great wilderness and stops in Juneau in search of some great bars and beverages. Zane and Steve visit some of Alaska’s great historic places like the Alaska Hotel and Red Dog Saloon. The boys also fly and hike up to a glacier wall to do a bit of ice climbing.
#21 - Denver
Season 1 - Episode 16
Zane Lamprey visits the Mile High City. He visits the home of Fat Tire, hits his limit at Rio Grande, and watches his buddy Steve compete in a bull ball eating contest.
#22 - Maui
Season 2 - Episode 1
Just because Hawaii is the newest state in the union doesn’t mean it was late to the party. Hawaiians have been distilling, brewing, and imbibing for centuries. Mix together one part laid back atmosphere, one part beach paradise, and mix in a plethora of fresh fruit, and you have a recipe for some delicious drinking. In this episode, Zane belly flops onto Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui. Follow him along the sandy path to find who is doing the best mixing, brewing, and hallucinating in this island paradise.
#23 - St. Augustine
Season 2 - Episode 7
Arrrggghhhhh!!!! For the next exciting adventure of Drinking Made Easy, Captain Lamprey and his first mate, Dumbbeard, be heading off to the treasure filled ports of St. Augustine, Florida. Beware! there be PIRATES in these waters! Our boozing buccaneers will be hearing tales of the sea with local sailors and sea dogs and their favorite watering holes. We also be learnin’ on this here adventure, as Captain Lamprey explores the rich history of US’s oldest city. So gather ya crew, prepare the grog, ready the sails and pull anchor as we voyage in search of treasure and booze!
#24 - Baton Rouge
Season 3 - Episode 3
The boys travel down to the bayou in Louisiana for Drinking Made Easy: Baton Rouge. They visit Tin Roof Brewing Company and participate in the new hip thing, Stacked Beer Shotgunning. They also create their own beer recipes at The Chimes; sort some crawfish and dance the Fais Do Do at Sammy’s, do some voodoo at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux, and get a little wild at Fred’s.
#25 - Washington, D.C.
Season 2 - Episode 9
Zane Lamprey and Steve McKenna head off to our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C, where they will check out some of the local bars often visited by our nations leaders and taste some of the native drinks. Some of these bars have served presidents as old as Abraham Lincoln himself and continue to serve original cocktails today. Zane and Steve will also learn about the “ARTini” and square off with each other in a DC shoot out. Yes, we gave Steve a gun…