The Tour 

Brooklyn Meets:

Pittsburgh, PA

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Craft Beer Revolution with The Church Brew Works, Hop Farm, East End Brewing & Brooklyn Brewery

Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 
Tickets $6

Twenty-five years into running one of the top craft breweries in America, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy looks back with his fellow craft beer comrades to discuss the circumstances and ambitions that allowed a handful of individuals across the country to challenge one of the largest corporate dynasties in American history. Steve's new book Craft Beer Revolution tells the story of hundreds of groundbreaking breweries and how they fundamentally changed humanity's favorite beverage. Throughout 2014, Steve is hitting the road discussing the industry he loves with the craft beer leaders of every city The Mash visits. Speakers include:

Douglas Derda (co-host of the craft beer podcast "Should I Drink That?") is a homebrewing stay-at-home dad with an extensive background promoting the local beer scene which has made his name pseudonymous with craft beer advocacy in western Pennsylvania. Douglas, a six-time Podcast Award finalist in Food & Drink, has appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine, DRAFT Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Trib, WDVE, KDKA and G4/TechTV. You can contact Douglas at douglasderda@gmail.com or via his website douglasderda.com.'

Sean Casey (founder of The Church Brew Works) worked for years in the steel industry before deciding to quit his job & open a brewpub in one of the architecturally engaging buildings he saw all over his hometown in 1996. The Church Brew Works, situated in a restored Catholic church, currently produces three flagship ales, as well as four seasonals and a rotating cask ale. In 2012, the Church Brew Works won the Great American Beer Festival's Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year Award

Matt Gouwens (founder of Hop Farm Brewing Company) opened Hop Farm, a brewery dedicated to hand grown hops and locally sourced ingredients, in 2013 after going through the American Brewers Guild program. Inspired by the Farm to Table aestethic of local cuisine Hop Farm looks to eventually use 100% Pennsylvania hops in their beers, and has planted over 1200 new hop plants this year. Organic, local and green are more than just buzz words to them, but a part of their day to day philosophy as they strive to make the some of the best artisan beer in the region. His favorite hop is a High Oil Cascade.

Scott Smith (founder, East End Brewing Company) started selling beer from him brewery in 2004 after quitting his job at a Fortune 500 company. Smith originally assumed he'd only be selling to area bars, but was later surprised to find customers lining up at the brewery for growler fills. East End currently brews Gratitude, a barleywine, Pedal Pale Ale, delivered via bike trailer, and Big Hop, among others.

Steve Hindy (co-Founder, Chairman and President of The Brooklyn Brewery) founded one of America’s top 25 breweries. A former journalist, he became interested in home-brewing while serving as a Beirut-based Middle East Correspondent for The Associated Press. Back in the states as Newsday’s assistant foreign editor in 1988, he began brewing his own beer and persuaded his neighbor, banker Tom Potter, they should quit their jobs and start a brewery. Hindy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Beer Institute and The Brewers Association. He is a director of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Alliance, chairman of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, former chair of Brooklyn’s Tourism Consortium and a former member of Community Board 1. Hindy also serves on the Board of Transportation Alternatives and the Alcohol Beverage Manufacturer’s Research Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Ellen.  With Potter, Hindy co-authored Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery, Forward by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, published by John Wiley & Sons. His second book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How A Band Of Microbrewers Are Transforming The World’s Favorite Drink was released in the spring of 2014.

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"Craft Beer Revolution" Reviews

“The craft beer revolution, the most exciting development in the beer industry since the birth of lager beer in the 19th Century, now has its chronicler.  Steve Hindy tells the story as only a skilled journalist and an important player in the revolution could tell it.  For decades going forward, this will be an important book for those who want to understand this transformative business story.”  - Daniel Bradford, Publisher, All About Beer magazine

“Steve’s position in the craft industry puts him in a unique position—he both grew alongside it as an owner of Brooklyn Brewery and helped steer its course as an active Brewers Association member.  He very accurately depicts the craft revolution’s highs and lows and the camaraderie, challenging to maintain at times, that underlies it all.”  - Ken Grossman, Co-founder and CEO, Sierra Nevada 

“Balance.  It's a desired trait in the brewing world. That perfectly comforting zone created through the interplay of hops and barley. Steve Hindy has found the equivalent space as a beer-journalist-slash-brewing-pioneer in his book The Craft Beer Revolution. Combining entertaining doses of craft brewing history with approachable descriptions of the brewers art and the fearless exploration of these entrepreneurs who changed the face of American brewing. A delicious and session-able read.”  - Sam Calagione, Founder & President, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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