Craft Beer Revolution with Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau & Brooklyn Brewery
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 in Washington DC include:
Justin Cox, Founder & CEO of Atlas Brew Works, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the George Mason University School of Law. After completing a Presidential Management Fellowship with the Federal Government, he founded Atlas Brew Works focused on providing the District of Columbia and surrounding areas with fresh craft ales and lagers in the traditions of the old world and the new. Justin is a founding board member of the DC Brewers Guild where he serves as Secretary.
Will Durgin, Head Brewer of Atlas Brew Works, is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA where he studied Biology and the UC Davis Master Brewer’s Program. He formerly worked for Pyramid Breweries in Portland, OR and Telegraph Brewing in Santa Barbara, CA. He left Oregon in 2012 to found Atlas Brew Works with Justin Cox, where he is currently Head Brewer.
Brandon Skall, CEO of DC Brau, opened DC Brau with partner Jeff Hancock in 2009 to fill a glaring void in the local beer market. With extensive experience in the beverage industry, Brandon took the reins as CEO to handle the sales and business side of the brewery. DC Brau, brewed within the city limits, is available city-wide for both beer nerds and recreational beer drinkers alike to call their own.
Jeff Hancock, Brewmaster of DC Brau, was acutely aware of the empty tap handle or store shelf where a local beer ought to be found in his city until the opening of DC Brau in 2009. As Brewmaster, Jeff has leveraged his extensive experience in the commercial brewing industry to helm the day-to-day operations. Prior to opening DC Brau, Jeff apprenticed at Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery in Hyattsville, Maryland, and brewed at Grizzly Peak Brewing and Arbor Brewing companies, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland.
Chris Van Orden, moderator & co-editor of DC Beer, While his native North Jersey will always hold a dear place in his heart, Chris gives Philadelphia all the credit for his craft beer conversion. During his six plus years in the City of Brotherly Love, his book-learning was supplemented by extracurricular schooling from the local powerhouses: Victory, Yards, Weyerbacher, Sly Fox, Nodding Head, Dock Street, Monk’s, Jose Pistola’s, SPTR, the list could really go on for quite some time. He made his way to DC in 2008, fell in with a cadre of like-minded enthusiasts, and now makes beer pilgrimages on a regular basis with his loving, indulging wife. He tweets @csvanorden.
Steve Hindy is co-Founder, Chairman and President of The Brooklyn Brewery, 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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The $6 ticket price includes a complimentary beer. All four breweries will be pouring their own beer that they're most excited about now. The Big Cheese will be outside slinging grilled cheeses for hungry attendees, and Offsite Books will have copies of The Craft Beer Revolution on hand for purchase.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Slow Food DC.
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