(PRESS RELEASE)_Dennis O’Hagan’s job is to travel the country playing guitar, drinking craft beer, and writing about it... And it’s working out quite well, despite hurricanes and even a global pandemic. Now he’s prepping a documentary/reality show based on his adventures which combines the brewery visits, live music, and the humorous shenanigans that occur on the road between breweries.
O’Hagan, 51 walked away from a successful career in tech and embarked in 2018 on a national tour playing his music in craft breweries throughout the U.S., drinking their beers as he played, and then blogging about the breweries, their product, and his traveling adventures after each show. He has so far played more than 300 breweries in more than 30 states, while sharing his thoughts on hundreds of pints of beer along the way.
Continuing to ride a wave of increasing demand, Dennis O’Hagan’s Great Brewery Tour grew even bigger in 2021, and enters its fifth year in 2022. To meet the demand O’Hagan brought his musician son Brad Wehlitz, 25, (who also fronts acclaimed local Cincy band Freak Mythology) into the fold, and they now share the stage as a combo, changed the name to the Dennis & Brad’s Great Brewery Tour, and incorporate both of their talents as multi-instrumentalists to greatly expand the sonic scope of the shows .
The two have been approached by several entities in recent years about taking their story to the screen. There were originally plans to shoot a pilot in New Orleans in April 2020, but then Covid happened. “We thought it might have died on the vine, but we’re told there is a real hunger for new content, and evidently a lot of interest in what we’re doing, so here we are filming pilot episodes.”
The show will focus on two primary themes: first, following Dennis and Brad and a crew of misfits and artists as they keep alive the great American tradition of hopping a train, joining the circus, and taking the great road trip. Forging their own path all over the country, finding adventure and mischief as they chase their passions for playing live music and discovering great beers (and interesting characters) at craft breweries from coast to coast. The other underlying theme is that it’s never too late to chase your dreams or reinvent your life. These guys, along with most craft brewers, did college and the corporate job routine, and then tossed it aside to reinvent their lives in a way that was more in tune with their personal passions and interests... And hopefully will instill the hope in others that they, too, CAN live the lives they really want as well, with some effort and planning.
The show will follow the tour as it travels all over the country, highlighting craft breweries as diverse as big urban brands to rural and mountaintop farm breweries. This week the tour will be playing shows at local breweries Stormhouse Brewing in North Palm Beach on Friday, 2/18, and American Icon Brewery in Vero Beach on 2/19. The tour is spending much of February playing breweries all over Florida, then will play the Mid-Atlantic states in March, and then embarks on a five week west coast tour in April.
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