‘Brews Brothers’ Review: If toilet humor from juvenile men is your thing, then Netflix’s sitcom is pure gold
‘Brews Brothers’, the recent Netflix comedy, centers on brothers who hate each other, being convinced to work together to come up with a beer flavor.
The last time that these two worked together, it resulted in one of them lying to the other during a brewing competition and switching out the beer that they had originally planned on using to participate. They won the competition, but each swore to never work with the other again. Until now of course. Adam (Mike Castle), who was doing pretty well in Portland until recently got run over by the brewmasters in the city after his freestyle riff during a gathering. So, he has nowhere else to go and his brother Wilhelm (Alan Aisenberg), who believes that Adam ruins everything, considers letting Adam work with him. Of course, it is not purely because Adam is his brother and needs his help, but more so because Wilhelm needs to find a way to make his beer place more successful if he doesn't want to go under.
Sounds like a mundane, dull plot that might as well put you to sleep right? It doesn't, however, because of how the initial episodes set up the brothers as juvenile teens at heart in adult bodies. Then we have the show's toilet humor that is equal parts gross and hilarious. After all, no one else would consider the ingredient that Adam thought of to add a bit of taste and texture to his brother's otherwise bad beer. Then there are the names that Wilhelm has christened his beer with, and all of this is just the beginning. A beginning of toilet humor saving the day and juvenile humans.
The one thing that the show does get right is portraying Adam as one of the most annoying men that you would see on-screen. You would want to reach through the screen to strangle Adam for his attitude towards people. The way he ends up expressing what he thinks without thought or concern about how it would bring forth a lot of trouble for his brother, gets used as a source of slapstick humor. Then we have the employees at the beer place -- Sarah and Chuy. Sarah seems to be the only sane person in this place, who continually thinks about the welldoing of the brewing company, the bottom line and all other things that Wilhelm should be the one to care about. She is also the one that knocks some sense into Wilhelm to let him give Adam a chance to work at their beer place. She regrets it within minutes though, when she finds out that Adam is much worse than Wilhelm when it comes to managing the business.
Then we have Chuy, who is probably best described as oblivious if we wanted to be civil and half-witted if we had to say the truth. How the four of them run this club into the ground is hardly exemplary, but there are enough laughs in it to give it a try especially if you are at home trying to pass time.
'Brews Brothers' can be streamed on Netflix from April 10.