A century ago, New York City was a major brewing center, home to more than one hundred breweries. The last of those great breweries, Schaefer and Rheingold, closed their doors in 1976, leaving the city without a brewery for the first time since the early 1600s. Today, there are five craft breweries in the city that are part of a national movement based on the brewing traditions founded in Europe. Ironically, the European brewers are now looking to America for their inspiration.
Garrett Oliver is brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewery and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer. Steve Hindy, an expert on New York brewing, is cofounder of Brooklyn Brewery and coauthor of Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery. Gabrielle Langholtz (moderator) is editor of the magazines Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She fell in love with Brooklyn while at college in Virginia, where her local bar had Brooklyn Brewery Stout on tap. Debra Schmidt Bach and Nina Nazionale, curators of the exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, join the conversation.
A special tasting of Brooklyn Brewery beers will follow the program. Learn more about the program and purchase your tickets here.