If you’re one of the fortunate people to have Beer Geeks air in your market, tune in this week when Titletown Brewing Co. of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Briess are featured. Stations and times can be found here. Most markets air Beer Geeks on Saturdays, but not all, so check closely for dates and times.

The crew came equipped with plenty of portable lighting.

If you haven’t heard of Beer Geeks yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s billed as the first national television show about craft beer and is hosted by Michael Ferguson. The craft beer trade already know him as director of brewery ops at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. He, along with director David Page and a crew from Page Productions, spent time at Titletown and Briess last December taping for Episode 8. Each episode profiles one brewery and an interesting, related topic. Briess is the interesting, related topic in Titletown’s episode, and we had a blast being involved!

If you’re a fan of Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, you may recognize Page Productions which developed and produced it for 11 seasons.

Germination compartments provided the kind of visuals Director David Page was looking for.

Long before shooting day came we worked with Beer Geeks to help them prepare. A storyboard I provided illustrated the process so they could determine what they wanted to shoot, who would be in front of the camera, and see the awful lighting that awaited them in our 1901 malthouse. Director of Malting Ops Dave Kuske would be interviewed and my role was simply to be there in case they needed something. It’s not often I get to do that, and I was all over it. I did make sure there was plenty of food and bottled water and, of course, recorded it all in pictures. It was a long but fun and interesting day. Here are a few of my favorite shots. We hope you enjoy the show!

Setting up lighting and monitors was rather time consuming.
A big shout-out for the malthouse crew who made sure steepout occurred while the video crew was there.
To shoot flames that heat the kiln required working in tight quarters.
Photographer Greg Barna and David Page discuss taping the open flame.
They got their shot!
Portable lights helped capture turners in the kiln.
Equipment was carted from the germination compartments to roasters on the other side of the malthouse.
Dave cools a sample of roasting malt to test it for color.
Kinda like looking under the hood of a car.
No malt was harmed during the making of Episode 8. The guys in the control room are two of our veteran roasting operators who continued roasting during setup, shooting and teardown.