Olly Smith Ale Trails—

Series 2 filming Summer 2017!

Olly is on a brand new and exclusive adventure for Travel Channel – Olly Smith Ale Trails tours 5 States across the USA in search of some of the best craft beer. It’s a scene that’s on the rise, with microbreweries at an all time high. From one of beers most important ingredients, hops, in Oregon, to following the historic story of Nevada’s miners and their obsession of beer, to settlers in the 1800’s who forever changed Illinois and its beer scene, to South Carolina, where if it grows, a beer will be made from it, to Georgia and its unrivalled social craft beer scene.

 Amazing stories, fascinating history, brilliant characters and sensational brews, it’s an encyclopaedia of beer that’s got something for everyone!

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Series One on Travel Channel


Olly travels from Virginia City to Las Vegas via Tonopah and Rhyolite, exploring secrets of production and sampling beer – in the country where beer is an institution!

South Carolina

Olly visits the Brew Haha festival in Anderson and the Euphoria Festival in Greenville to experience the South Carolina craft beers. He learns all about the importance of yeast and draws on his vast wine experience to gauge comparisons.


Oregon is regarded by beer connoisseurs as a must-visit state when it comes to US craft beers. It even has a state university dedicated to hops. Olly jumps in his mustang and joins in the hop picking in the Willamette Valley.


While visiting Atlanta, Athens and Savannah, Olly Smith discovers Georgia’s passion for craft ales. He is joined by Ale Sharpton, a brewer and rapper who tells his own story of how becoming a master brewer changed his life.


From the Windy City to the state capital, Olly Smith continues his Ale Trail. Starting in Chicago, Olly finds out how emigration has crafted the beer tastes of this great city. A visit to a full-blown Oktoberfest caps off his Illinois trail.