In National Geographic Channel's new series Chug, Zane Lamprey travels the globe to explore drinking customs and cultures by tossing back a few with the locals. As he explores the libations of the region, Zane visits watering holes, breweries, distilleries and wineries. In every episode, he travels by train outside of the big cities, chugging along to get a taste of the local spirits.
Comedian turned TV host, Zane Lamprey is no stranger to hosting exotic, extreme,
educational and enlightening television shows. He has garnered himself a solid reputation as an on-camera alcohol expert with his first foray in the world of libations—Three Sheets in 2006. Since then, he has hosted over 130 episodes of television as he’s traversed the globe to experience local concoctions. “Drinking Made Easy” was his second drink-themed travel show, which aired for three seasons on Mark Cuban’s HDNet. Previously, Lamprey hosted “Have Fork, Will Travel” on the Food Network.
As the most well-know personalities in the ‘alcohol space’ Zane has built an empire around his brand, as well as a legion of dedicated fans, and the reputation as a personality that people trust. The new National Geographic series, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, is the first fan-funded series from the site to air on television.
Zane is the owner of Monkey Rum, a premium Caribbean rum which offers barrel-aged spiced rum and coconut rum. The rum has won several awards, including Triple Gold at the Beverly Hills World Spirits Competition.
His book, Three Sheets: 6 Continents, 15 Countries, 190 drinks and 1 Mean Hangover, published by Random House, hit the shelves in March, 2010.
Lamprey was born in Syracuse, New York, and currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles.