Stay tuned for INDIVIDUAL city seminar announcements.
AT EACH FESTIVAL, WE OFFER AT LEAST TWO SEMINARS PER SESSION TOUCHING ON INTERESTING BEER AND BREWING TOPICS TODAY.
A few of our previous seminars speakers have included:
Ben Keene - "Back to the Future"
Ben Keene's "Back to the Future" seminar discussed how East Coast brewers are reconnecting North American beer with its 17th and 18th century roots by experimenting with barrel aging, open fermentation and working with heritage malts, local hops, and in some cases, native yeast.
Chris Cuzme - "Little Beers, Big Flavors"
Focused on session beers, what they are and why they’re often challenging to make. Taste two of the festivals session beers all as well as a few special growlers of Cuzme’s own from 508 Gastrobrewery. Small beers are the new sexy.
Gail Ann Williams - "Stepping into the Sour Beer Renaissance"
Beer journalist, beer judge and homebrewer Gail Ann Williams presented a multi-sensory tour of the alluring world of sour beers.
Independent historian and author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. (The History Press: March 2014) his fifth and latest book.
James Tai - "Let's Study Beer"
James Tai, Certified Cicerone (the beer equivalent of a sommelier) and BJCP Beer Judge, presented a seminar that delved into a better understanding of the professional side of the beer service industry. Also known as 'The Beeracolyte', James was on hand to provide resources for those interested in furthering their beer education, as well as provide a tutorial on the elements to look for when critically judging a beer.
Ken Weaver - "The Future of Craft Beer"
In his role as Editor-in-Chief of RateBeer Weekly, Ken Weaver spends a good portion of his professional life trying to figure out what's next in craft beer. From global expansions to ingredient lag, beer trading to beer festivals, boutique hops to better yeast, this chat provided an insider's take on what will shape the future of what you drink.
Michael Tonsmeire - "American Sour Beers: Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentations"
Tonsmeire's seminar discussed the wide array of processes and ingredients in American sour beer production, with actionable advice each step of the way. A mini tasting will illustrated key points in the seminar.
Raphael Lyon - "Why You Don't Drink Mead"
Raphael Lyon, founder and principle mazer of Enlightenment Wines, answered questions about mead and botanical wines. He discussed why Americans become so confused about this category, how the industry is making it worse, and what can be done about it.
Author of "The Audacity Of Hops" : The History Of America's Craft Beer Revolution (Chicago Review Press; May 2013), the first history book of the American craft beer movement.