Treme: Fake Beer

When you see bar scenes on Treme, the patrons have bottles with near-beer, no matter what the label. A beer wrangler opens a few cases of real beer from a number of brands and dumps the good stuff, then refills the empty bottles to differing levels of fullness with a NA beer. It’s a heartbreaking process. Why do all this? Steve Earle learned the hard way when some of the extras for the Cajun Mardi Gras scene got a hold of a case or two of the real stuff and started playing with the whip. Let’s just say they weren’t as precise or careful as they otherwise might have been.

–Alex Rawls

  • Courir du Mardi Gras Extra

    It was more than a case or two….we were all feeling no pain by 9 am…..and yes Steve got a little heated when he got stung by the whip…..but all and all he was a good sport about it. He was jokingly told “we thought you said your name was Steve Riley!” But did the set designer miss one important fact in a scene last night….When Wendel Pearce’s band was playing an after parade gig and he asked the patrons if they enjoyed the parade and on cue they all cheer but I don’t think any of them had beads round their neck? Not sure……have to check the tape…..
    All in all though I loved the way they shifted back and forth to the simultaneous Mardi Gras scenes….Zulu….Cajun Country….Mardi Gras Indians….the Boulevard…..the Quarter…..very well done!

  • Courir du Mardi Gras Extra

    It was more than a case or two….we were all feeling no pain by 9 am…..and yes Steve got a little heated when he got stung by the whip…..but all and all he was a good sport about it. He was jokingly told “we thought you said your name was Steve Riley!” But did the set designer miss one important fact in a scene last night….When Wendel Pearce’s band was playing an after parade gig and he asked the patrons if they enjoyed the parade and on cue they all cheer but I don’t think any of them had beads round their neck? Not sure……have to check the tape…..
    All in all though I loved the way they shifted back and forth to the simultaneous Mardi Gras scenes….Zulu….Cajun Country….Mardi Gras Indians….the Boulevard…..the Quarter…..very well done!

  • Courir du Mardi Gras Extra

    It was more than a case or two….we were all feeling no pain by 9 am…..and yes Steve got a little heated when he got stung by the whip…..but all and all he was a good sport about it. He was jokingly told “we thought you said your name was Steve Riley!” But did the set designer miss one important fact in a scene last night….When Wendel Pearce’s band was playing an after parade gig and he asked the patrons if they enjoyed the parade and on cue they all cheer but I don’t think any of them had beads round their neck? Not sure……have to check the tape…..
    All in all though I loved the way they shifted back and forth to the simultaneous Mardi Gras scenes….Zulu….Cajun Country….Mardi Gras Indians….the Boulevard…..the Quarter…..very well done!

  • Celjun

    Believe me all the beer, whiskey, whips, sticks, and attitude was real at the Cajun Mardi Gras. Steve was treated like any other Courir and as a result got a little lickin!

  • Celjun

    Believe me all the beer, whiskey, whips, sticks, and attitude was real at the Cajun Mardi Gras. Steve was treated like any other Courir and as a result got a little lickin!

  • Celjun

    Believe me all the beer, whiskey, whips, sticks, and attitude was real at the Cajun Mardi Gras. Steve was treated like any other Courir and as a result got a little lickin!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve also been told that the beer wasn’t pilfered. Valcour Records’ Lucius Fontenot says he and others brought their own.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve also been told that the beer wasn’t pilfered. Valcour Records’ Lucius Fontenot says he and others brought their own.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve also been told that the beer wasn’t pilfered. Valcour Records’ Lucius Fontenot says he and others brought their own.