Conference | Ales through the Ages

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on August 7, 2022

From the announcement (20 July 2022) and the conference website:

Ales through the Ages
Online and in-person, Colonial Williamsburg, 11–13 November 2022

Craft beer may be enjoying a surge in popularity, but as participants in Colonial Williamsburg’s Ales through the Ages conference will discover, there’s nothing new about the beverage. In this one-of-a-kind history conference, offered both virtually and in-person November 11–13, participants will journey through time and space with some of the world’s top beer scholars to follow beer from its primitive roots to its modern form.

Register to reserve your opportunity to mingle with an international lineup of guests including maltsers, authors, brewery owners, social media influencers, and entrepreneurs. Speakers include
• Pete Brown, author, journalist, broadcaster, and consultant in food and drink, and 2020 recipient of Imbibe Magazine’s Industry Legend award, delivering the opening keynote, sponsored by the Virginia Beer Museum: The Highs and Lows of Researching Beer History
• Award-winning author and former journalist, Martyn Cornell, an authority on the history of British beer and the development of British beer styles, discussing the origins of Pale Ale
• George ‘Butch’ Heilshorn, co-founder of Earth Eagle Brewings and Talisman Spirits, going Back to the Future of Botanical Beers
• Food and drink historian Marc Meltonville on reconstructing a Tudor brewery and producing beer from a 16th-century recipe, the products of his venture with the FoodCult project
• Maltster Andrea Stanley on developments in malting technology in the 18th and 19th centuries
• Author Lee Graves exploring the connection between early American brewing and the West African beer traditions of enslaved populations
• Craig Gravina journeying through 400 Years of Beer and Brewing in New York’s Hudson Valley
• Journalist and author Stan Hieronymus providing insight into Breaking the Lupulin Code
• Ron Pattinson on the transformative story of UK brewing during World War I
• ‘The Beer Archaeologist’, Travis Rupp, sharing what he’s dug up most recently on ancient brewing
• Kyle Spears and Dan Lauro from Carillon Brewing Co. on operating a historic brewery in the modern world

The full program is available here»

In-person registrants will have the opportunity to enjoy a pint from the past with speakers and other attendees at an opening reception on Friday night sponsored by Aleworks Brewing Company that will feature their historic brew collaborations with Colonial Williamsburg; Saturday lunch accompanied by 18th-century theater and historically-based brews; and a post-conference gathering at Virginia Beer Company with guest speakers, Historians on Tap. Tickets for the event at Virginia Beer Company are available to in-person attendees for $20 and include beer samples from local breweries, including special brews developed in partnership with Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th master of historic foodways, Frank Clark. Attendees are also encouraged to bring and share homebrews for a truly unique taste-testing experience.

In-person registration is $275 per person and includes access to lectures, the welcome reception, and the Saturday lunch. Virtual-only registration is $100 per person and includes access to lectures through the conference streaming platform. Both in-person and virtual-only registration include a 7-day ticket voucher to Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums and Historic Area, valid for redemption through 31 May 2023. A limited number of virtual and in-person conference scholarships are available to students, museum or non-profit professionals, and emerging brewers with an application deadline of September 20. Special room rates at Colonial Williamsburg hotels are available for in-person conference registrants. All registrants will have access to the main conference lectures via the streaming platform through 31 December 2022.

This conference is made possible by the generosity of private and corporate sponsors including Virginia Beer Company, Virginia Beer Museum, and Aleworks Brewing Company.

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