Fictional Beer Review: Schraderbräu (Breaking Bad)

Schraderbrau beer review

Hank Schrader is a cook in his own right. Oh snap that’s symbolism, folks.

I never really thought Hank Schrader would grow on me when I started watching Breaking Bad. He just seemed like an asshole. However, not only has he grown on me, but I think he’s one of the best characters on television right now.

We learn in the second season that Hank makes a homebrew and self-branded it Schraderbräu.

It’s a pretty safe bet that ScrhaderBräu is a damn fine beer. My biggest piece of evidence is based on what I know about the man. Hank has an obsessive personality. He’s obsessed with catching Heisenberg, studying rocks, and rehab. I believe beer is no exception for Hank.

He’s a pro about it too. Hank has his own custom labels and a shop devoted to it in his garage. He seems to be the only person ever who enjoys bottling, actually singing during the process. Brewing in his “mancave” is clearly his escape.

But Vincent, he over-carbonates the bottles!!!

Yes whatever, shut up. Just because you have a bottling mishap, doesn’t mean it is bad beer. Hank tells his wife Marie, “brewing is an art form.” He then reminds her of a great batch from Christmas of ’06. He called in sick the day after being promoted to brew Schraderbräu and ponder life.  He gives it out as gifts to people! Would you give terrible beer to people as gifts?

But Vincent, he could be a jerk that forces you to drink their homebrew all the time, but it isn’t really good.

Shut your mouth, people love it.

Schraderbrau labelBrew Snapshot
There are no signs of lagering equipment in his lab, so I’m guessing this is an ale. I’m putting my official guess in as Kölsch. I can’t be for certain how long it has been in production, but it sounds like a year-round offering.

I love sitting down with a big plate of fat ass German food and a giant German ale. This one sounds like a winner.

Most likely a German Kölsch.
Key Appearance
Season 2, Episode 5
The earlier discussed incident with Hank overdoing it on the priming sugar. He’s a hero, leave him alone.
Favorite Quote
Season 2, Episode 13
“Alright, some of you already know my brother-in-law. He’s a good man. The doctors are saying this operation has a real chance of helping him. Of course they’re also saying they want to be paid in private islands, so dig deep. Biggest donation gets a six-pack of my very own Schraderbraü. Home brewed to silky perfection.”
Would I buy it in real life?
Give me some schnitzel and a giant bootfull of Schraderbräu any day.
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16 Responses to Fictional Beer Review: Schraderbräu (Breaking Bad)

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    Great stuff.

    Duff Beer review?

  2. abvpod says:

    Definitely the granddaddy of fictional beer. Might take a while to do that one justice.

  3. Kayode says:

    Small correction: You said he’s obsessed with studying rocks.

    They’re not rocks. They’re minerals.

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    So, tonight…
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