A Brief History of Beer
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A Brief History of Beer

A Brief History of Beer NYC Reviews and Tickets

(31 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Quirky

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (31)

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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?

Critic Reviews (7)

Stage Buddy
September 29th, 2014

"'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."
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June 1st, 2015

"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."
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Off Off Online
October 12th, 2016

"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."
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November 4th, 2014

"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."
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February 18th, 2014
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."
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Broadway Baby
August 2nd, 2013
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."
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February 17th, 2014
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."
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