Imbibing from the stream: Drink-centric streaming services
With the proliferation of streaming services devoted to culinary content these days, there has never been a better time to be a foodie. That also applies to lovers of beer, wine and spirits.
Yes, turn on your smart TV or streaming box and you’ll find yourself almost overwhelmed by the number of options that can tell you what to drink, how it was made, where you can get it and who else is partaking in it. The following is a partial list of what’s out there.
DrinkTV: This service is dedicated to stories and adventures from the world of drinking culture, from cocktails and spirits to beer and wine, and spotlights the people behind the liquid in the glass. Zane Lamprey is your host for the drinking travelogs “Four Sheets” and “Drinking Made Easy,” with other titles including “Daily Drink,” “Brotherhood of Brew” and “Decanted.”
WineOh.tv: Monique Soltani is front and center of this service dedicated all things grape, with videos that offer wine recommendations, tours of vineyards worldwide, interviews with movers and shakers in the industry and how-tos on finding high-quality wines. A must for any self-respecting oenophile.
Crafted in Canada: Every beer lover knows our neighbors to the north brew great product but you have to go there to get the real McCoy. Luckily, host Angela Ball is already there and in this series of videos, she makes her way across the country to sample some of the best craft beer Canada has to offer, talk to their makers and learn about the impact these businesses have on their communities.
Wine & Dine With Mastro: Among the videos you’ll find in this service from actor, musician and passionate foodie Tom Mastrianni are recommendations for food/wine pairings, how-to cooking demonstrations with guest chefs and visits to wineries.
Biergarten: Although no German is spoken here, the language of craft brewing is in this service’s 100-plus videos that include visits to local breweries, festivals and events as well as discussions of the thousands of craft brews currently available around the country. Among the titles you’ll find are “Ales for A.L.S.,” “25 Essential Colorado Breweries” and “The Last Open Blockbuster Is Getting Its Own Craft Beer.”
Crafty Cocktails: This service offers daily drink recipes for any occasion, be it when you’re having company, looking to relax after a long day or just want to try something new.
SOMM TV: In addition to documentaries, series and educational content on wine, beer and spirits, this service offers live programming that shows you what to drink, where to eat and how to find it.
Mixology: Those looking for unique and tasty drink ideas would do well to check out this service that promises to instill you with bartending skills that will make you a hit at your next get-together.