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"How Booze Built America" is a three-part series on Discovery Channel that is hosted by Mike Rowe who takes a break from the dirty jobs ... and takes a seat at the bar. Mike Rowe is thirsty. Really thirsty. And after doing hundreds of dirty jobs, who can blame him?

Did you know that the Puritans landed the Mayflower early on Plymouth Rock ... because they ran out of beer? Or that Johnny Appleseed was actually creating farms to sell hard apple cider? Mike Rowe does, and he'll walk you through all of this and more. He's proven that dirty jobs can be fun. He's ready to do the same for history.

In "How Booze Built America," Rowe will crisscross the country, stiff drink in hand and beer goggles firmly strapped on, to take an in depth and slightly unusual look at the story of our nation. Between reenactments of actual historical events, and current day interviews with historians and experts, Rowe will make the case that alcohol is clearly one of the key ingredients that formed our culture and our country. He'll take viewers on a liquor fueled journey based on historical facts, such as:

• Paul Revere actually rode from tavern to tavern on his Midnight Ride, and may have slipped in a few cold ones along the way.

• George Washington distilled his own whiskey, Thomas Jefferson brewed his own beer, and Abraham Lincoln sold booze out of his grocery stores prior to saving the Union.

• The Pilgrims gave beer to their kids — on purpose.

From the Mayflower to the moon landing, from George Washington to the O.K. Corral, booze has been there every step of the way. And that's not just the liquor speaking.

"How Booze Built America" is produced by Karga 7. Kelly McPherson, Emre Sahin, Sarah Wetherbee, Miriam Leffert and Jeanne Begley are executive producers for Karga 7. Mike Rowe and Mary Sullivan are executive producers for mikeroweWORKS. Craig Coffman is executive producer for Discovery.


Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: September 19, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Karga 7

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