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Pennsylvania Activities

Speakers and Events

John Holl, Beer Expert and Author - April 3rd - 4th

John Holl has visited more than 900 breweries around the world, conducting research for his beer-and-travel books as well as articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Beverage World, and many other publications. He has judged beer competitions around the world, regularly lectures on craft beer, and appears often on NBC’sWeekend Today in New York. He is the editor of All About Beer magazine and is the host of Beer Briefing on iHeartRadio.

Friday, April 3rd
I Don’t Like Beer – A Tasting
For many, an introduction to beer came through a pale lager, best served iced cold, or an import that had a faint aroma of skunk. That coupled with a general impression that beer can be "lower class" than, say, wine, has some people claiming that they don't like beer. This presentation explores the flavors of beer, and how to properly taste it. When taking into account more than just taste, but color, aroma, mouthfeel, and a bit of history, many people are surprised when they suddenly find out that they do like beer, just not the stuff that started them in the wrong direction.

Saturday, April 4th
History of Craft Beer with Ingredients & Beer Sampling*
It's been 40 years since the first post-prohibition microbrewery opened in the United States, but craft beer is only now hitting its stride. There are now more than 2,300 small breweries opening in the country, and they are producing some of the most flavorful and innovative brews that have ever been created. Guests will experience a guided tasting through the world of craft beer, with interesting facts, colorful stories, and a look at why beer matters.
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Craft Beer Dinner Pairing & Discussion with Author, John Holl ($)*

An exploration of beer and food. Given the various ingredients (malt, hops, yeast) that are used in beer, a particular brew can present flavors of tropical fruit, toast, caramel, coffee, pine, clove, even bubblegum. Those varying flavors make it the ultimate adult compliment to a well prepared meal. Using "flavor bridges" this presentation goes beyond just a beer with a particular food, but examines beer styles and ingredients, and how it works with how dishes are prepared, sauces it might use, accompaniments and more. Cost is $50 per person.
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