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A Brief History of Beer

From 7 critic and 31 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Quirky

About the show

Horse Trade presents 'A Brief History of Beer,' an hour-long, drinkeractive, time-travel adventure. More…

In this intoxicating comedy, the audience travels through time, from Ancient Sumeria to today, to help their two hops-loving hosts save beer from a mysterious nefarious villain. Wish Experience has been touring the interactive 'A Brief History of Beer' to pubs and theatres around the world since 2013. And yes, beer is consumed!

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"Takes you on a journey through time, with the help of video, sound effects, and props, and along the way will tell you a bit about how beer was discovered, how it is made, and who throughout history have tried to limit its production and distribution...The history timeline could use some tweaking if you are still sober enough to care...This show is great fun! It is a time-travelling booze cruise in a black box theater." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"'A Brief History of Beer' happens to be very informative...It also happens to be a pretty silly excuse to drink beer while listening to a pseudo lecture on the very beverage you are drinking...These folks love beer. In fact, I think they love it a little too much; at times, it seems as though the show is running a wee bit off course. 'A Brief History of Beer' is the ultimate tribute to Homer Simpson’s favorite drink and anyone who appreciates beer would find it amusing." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Despite the plot’s silliness, Glenn and Parry are charming to watch under Jeffrey Mayhew’s direction as they wholeheartedly commit to the ridiculousness of their show...Mayhew’s direction allows Glenn and Parry to work the room like comics, and, despite the chaos of this makeshift aesthetic, they manage to pull the whole thing off...It is best to attend with the goal of meeting a few new drinking buddies rather than obtaining some deeper understanding of the origins of beer-making." Full Review

My Entertainment World

"Essentially a theatrical drinking game...Some of the 'facts' presented in this show are questionable, which may have more to do with the fast-paced and haphazard presentation style than the accuracy of the content...All that said, Trish and Will are energetic and fun actors who clearly have an interest in the subject matter...Ultimately, this is the sort of act that would work better if Trish and Will were trying to entertain a handful of people at a pub rather than performing in a blackbox." Full Review

Rip It Up (Australia)

for a previous production "Even the greatest beer afficionado will find a surprise or two in this ‘hoppy’ little gem...It’s a heavenly little show: fun, funny and factual, tightly directed by Jeffrey Mayhew to keep spirits a-bubble from the first sparkling draught to the last speck of froth. So charge your glasses for a memorable splash that will refresh the most jaded Fringe palate." Full Review

INDAILY (Australia)

for a previous production "Fringe show 'A Brief History of Beer' is an opportunity to learn, to be amazed and to imbibe with them...For an audience of esteemed beer appreciators, it is an informative journey, and if you are also a fan of 'Star Trek' then you’ll recognise the many references featured...Thank goodness for venues that allow craft brewers a voice, drinkers some choice and shows like this an opportunity to inform and amuse; hop on board." Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production "Glenn and Parry really care about beer and it shows in the way they have assembled this performance. However, the conceit can become overbearing and distract from the subject matter. Beer is fun, but the repeated use of sound and visual effects seems to get in the way of exploring some interesting ideas...Despite not quite getting at their most important material, Glenn and Parry are a charming presence, clearly enjoying each other’s company in performance." Full Review

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like a drink and you like to laugh

Don't see it if You don't want to be fully immersed in the show in an awesome way

Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if Funny show. Lots of crazy running around and drinking. LOTS of drinking (mainly us). Good facts about beer. Learned and laughed a lot.

Don't see it if A little sloppy. Chaotic. Not a regular story-line.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like beer

Don't see it if you don't like beer

Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Must see

See it if you like a fun show

Don't see it if you don't like fun

Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like to drink and want to be more informed about history

Don't see it if You hate alcohol and everything associated with it.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Silly

See it if you like beer, you'd welcome a change, you could use a good laugh, and you like an interactive experience that's non-intrusive.

Don't see it if you only drink guinness directly from the tap. They don't have that as an option. But really, loosen up, will you?

Funny, Entertaining, Unique

See it if Does Hamilton give you hot dogs, beer and bacon-wrapped marshmallows? No? This show does! Beer pong! Beer Olympics! Goofy fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for sober history. The audience participates and the bar is always open. Like a night with friends, if they're funny.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You enjoy slapstick comedy and want to learn a few random facts about beer and it's history.

Don't see it if You are looking for a well staged show with lots of bells and whistles. You are lookin for a big show stopper.

Also The show was just ok. There were some technical difficulties that were... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You can't get tickets to The Imbible. Unlike that production this show feels life a self fulfilling narcissist vehicle. The free beer is ok.

Don't see it if You want something that is genuinely informative, as the title suggests.

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like beer!

Don't see it if you don't like beer!

Delightful, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You don't mind a drink with your show.

Don't see it if You have an aversion to drinking.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You love action

Don't see it if You are against fighting for what's right

Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Great show dont know much to say

Don't see it if Great show dont know much to say

Clever, Funny, Epic, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You love to drink, love science fiction, and love to have a bit of crazy fun.

Don't see it if you don't like beer.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you like beer

Don't see it if if you don't like beer

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like comedy and references to beer

Don't see it if You don't like beer

Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want a fun night out but don't want to think too much.

Don't see it if You like cerebral plays, something with structure, expect a real history of beer.

Dizzying, Edgy, Epic, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Loved it

Don't see it if You don't like music

Absorbing, Great singing, Quirky, Profound, Funny

See it if Better than what I expected. I was expecting a play by play on the people who created beer. Just better than what I expected.

Don't see it if Really looking for the history of beer.

Clever, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like beer and want to be entertained while learning a little something.

Don't see it if You're too serious.

Absorbing, Confusing

See it if If you got time for mediocre acting.....

Don't see it if If you have something better to do!!!

Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You love drinking

Don't see it if This feels like a poorer version of the show "The Imbible"

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You like a wild ride and beer!

Don't see it if You don't like beer!

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if Great

Don't see it if Loved it

Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like beer and/or history, and especially if you like both. This is a fun unique show and the two performers are very genuine.

Don't see it if If you want a play, or stand up. This is something different, almost like a drinking game sketch show.

Cast & Creatives (7)