Chug (TV show) logo and host Zane Lamprey
"Chug" (TV show) logo and host Zane Lamprey - © National Geographic Channel
"Chug" (TV show) is a Kickstarter-funded reality series on National Geographic Channel that is hosted by Zane Lamprey ("Showdown of the Unbeatables," "Three Sheets").

Is authentic Malaysian alcohol worth climbing a 50-foot coconut tree for? Is it possible to outdrink an Australian beer-guzzling legend? Or to survive jumping off a bar roof in Fiji on a dare? What about going shot-for-shot in an Austrian schnapps drink off? Probably not, but it's certainly fun to try!

This series takes viewers on a bar crawl around the world with traveling "drinkaloguer" and rum company owner Zane Lamprey. In the series, Lamprey is motivated by his thirst to try local customs, food and, well, alcohol. He travels by train to an array of exotic and boozy locations and along the way interacts with the local culture and befriends new drinking buddies.

"Chug" is not just a show about chugging beer, as the title may infer. The chugging refers to Lamprey's primary mode of transportation — trains. He chugs through each region, sipping drinks that are specific to the area and breaking down where in the world all the ingredients in each drink were derived from. For example, even though they're separated by only one stop on the train, the historic split between Austria and Germany in 1866 severely changed beer production laws in both countries. And sugarcane grows only in warm environments, which allowed Fiji, with its fields of cane ready for harvesting, to become a booming rum capital. And how do they transport the sugarcane around the island? Yup, by trains.

The series demonstrates how a community's past drinking traditions have affected its present drinking customs and shows us that sometimes old traditions die hard. Lamprey attends a local Fijian island drinking ritual that has been passed down for generations and, by partaking, officially becomes an honorary member of the tribe chief's family. He then explores Viennese coffee with a kick, in a coffeehouse believed to be the birthplace of café culture. But nothing can compare to the intoxicating Roman gelato he samples that is made from, of all things, red wine.

From Australia to Malaysia, the series makes it clear that having a drink with locals is one of the best ways to gain unfiltered insight into their community.

While sharing stories with an Olympic Fijian windsurfer, Lamprey is invited to take a boat to a bar that floats like a yacht out at sea. An Austrian vineyard owner opens up about how it took him 35 years to achieve his dream of producing wine. These stories are just further proof that it only takes a glass to make a friend.

While the show may be driven by traditional customs around the globe, the series itself has made its way into the history books by being the first Kickstarter-funded series to air on television. Lamprey began the campaign in April 2013 and breezed past his financial goal a few months later thanks to support from his loyal fandom.

"Chug" is produced by Inzane Entertainment for National Geographic Channels. Executive producers are Zane Lamprey and Mike Kelly.


Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: November 24, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Inzane Entertainment

National Geographic Channel Uncorks 'Chug' — Premiering Monday, November 24, the first ever Kickstarter-funded reality series goes on a bar crawl around the world with traveling "drinkaloguer" and rum company owner Zane Lamprey. Read more...

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