Boston Beer Company, Allentown PA​ - Friday, July 20, 2012


Tours start at 3:00 PM
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner ($25): 6:00 PM
Technical Presentation 7:00 PM
         Marnie Old discusses Pennsylvania’s German Brewing Heritage
Business Meeting 8 PM

Cost to Attend: $25.00
NOTE:  If you RSVP but do not show at the meeting, you are liable for the cost of attending.

RSVP by Friday July 19, 2012
Contact: Mike Brennan
(610) 391-4720


Boston Beer Co.
7880 Penn Drive,
Allentown, PA 18031.

From Harrisburg:
Take I-81 N to I-78E.  Continue on to I-78 E.  Take Exit 49A and merge onto PA-100 South toward Trexlertown.  Turn left onto Penn Drive.

From 476 North East Extension
Take the exit toward Lehigh Valley. Keep left at the fork; follow signs for US-22 W/I-78 W/Harrisburg and merge onto US-22 W. Take exit 49A to merge onto PA-100 S toward Trexlertown. Turn left onto Penn Dr.

From Wilkes Barre:
Take I-476 S. Take exit 56 to merge onto US-22 W toward I-78 W/Harrisburg. Merge onto I-78 W. Take exit 49A to merge onto PA-100 S toward Trexlertown. Turn left onto Penn Dr.


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Technical Presentation

“Exploring Pennsylvania’s German Brewing Heritage”
Presented by Marnie Old

Among American states, Pennsylvania has the longest history of German immigration and the strongest bonds to German culture.  It is no surprise, then, that Pennsylvania's brewers lead the nation in the production of high-quality beers made in the German style like lagers and pilsners, weizens and bocks.  In the burgeoning beer scene, stronger beers like brutally bitter IPA's and malty Abbey-style ales may get all the attention. But, there's no denying that session styles made in the German model are the world's most popular brews, with over 90% of the world’s beer made in the pale lager.  Now, just as mainstream audiences are exploring craft beer, the dedicated craft beer community is also rediscovering its taste for refreshment, for more affordable, easy-drinking session styles.  Join in a fascinating tasting exploring how and why Pennsylvania came to be the most balanced brewing region in the USA, perfectly poised to reach out to both groups with a wealth of world-class German-style beers.

Speaker Bio:
Sommelier and author Marnie Old is one of the country’s leading speakers on wine and beer, known for her engaging performances and incisive insights. She writes a humorous column for the Philadelphia Daily News called 'Cheap Buzz' and is a featured speaker at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. Marnie formerly served as Director of Wine Studies for Manhattan’s renowned French Culinary Institute, and designed their first ever-comprehensive beer course. She co-authored her first book in 2008 with Sam Calagione, the legendary beer guru and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, an entertaining debate on food pairing He Said Beer, She Said Wine. Her latest book Wine Secrets is a collection of concise, practical advice for wine novices, as shared by 40 top wine experts.  Her third book, an interactive beginner's wine guide for the iPad, will be launched in fall 2012.