Jack Maxwell, an actor recognizable from shows such as 24, Lost and Beverly Hills 90210, has taken on new adventures as host of Travel Channel’s new original series, “Booze Traveler.” Last season, on air in early spring, the South Boston native circled the world tasting the world’s most bizarre drinks. Now, he’s at it again, soaking in cultures via boozy concoctions for the filming of Season 2.
From place to place, Maxwell spends time with the creators of these beverages and embraces the culture of the place they’re derived– pretty awesome gig, right? We’re thinking the amazing travel opportunity pretty much outweighs the sipping on a potentially unpleasant taste of an unfamiliar drink. A risk well worth it–well, we’ll let you be the judge of that.
During Season 1, Maxwell traveled to countries like Turkey, Peru, Austria, Iceland, Mongolia, Japan, and the list goes on and on. While we have seemingly open-minds when it comes to alcoholic beverage choices, for some of the drinks Maxwell searched the globe to taste, we might just have to draw the line. In Peru, an Amazonian tribeswoman showed Maxwell how to make beer with your own spit. Natives spit out a root after chewing it for about 5 minutes. They ferment the spit and… drink it.
A similar approach in dealing with a lack of resources takes place in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Here, Maxwell drank camel’s milk vodka that had been fermented with sand and then distilled. If there’s a will, there’s a way. A little closer to home in Gomer, Tennessee, Maxwell got a taste for how they do it in the South– 100 proof Corn Mash Moonshine style.
The Travel Channel is hard at work to bring back the madness for another season and we can’t wait to see what they have lined up. Keep a look out for the announcement for the Season 2 premiere, and in the meantime, catch up what you missed of Season 1. Watch clips and episode breakdowns on www.travelchannel.com.