State of The Brewnion

What are you doing Thursday October 20th? Hang out with the Chocolate City Beer team at the Bier Baron for The State of The Brewnion!!!!
Featuring complimentary: tastings, appetizers, panel discussions, beer trivia, prizes.

What’s next for D.C.’s booming beer scene? How did D.C. become a craft beer town? What kind of new breweries and beer trends should enthusiasts look forward to? And what do beer-business professionals think of today’s scene?
Tammy Tuck of the Lagerheads as she moderates a panel of insiders and enthusiasts who will be discussing everything from home brewing to beer menus to the future of D.C. area’s rapidly advancing craft beer culture. Come thirsty for beer and knowledge.

Special guests include:

Tom Cizauskas – Beer blogger at Yours For Good Fermentables and a Beer and Wine Salesman for Select Wines, Inc.

Erin Tyler – Legends Limited Distributors

Mike McGarvey – Co-founder 3 Stars Brewery

Ben Matz – Co-founder, Owner and Head Brewer for Chocolate City Beer LLC

Fred Moosaly – ABRA Director

Mike Dolan – Founder and DC Homebrewers

Thor Cheston – Was the general manager and beer director for Brasserie Beck from 2007 – 2011, and managing partner and beer director for Mussel Bar by Robert Wiedmaier from 2009 – 2010. Previously he was the beer director for Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia and before that he opened the Birreria Paradiso, the beer bar underneath Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown. In 2009 he was inducted into the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff in Brussels, Belgium. He is currently in the process of starting his own business.

Jeff Wells – Co-founder of DC Beer Week and an On-Premise Sales Manager for DOPS, Inc. A 14 year veteran of the Washington, DC Craft Beer movement Jeff Wells is Co-Founder of DC Beer Week and an On-Premise Sales Manager for DOPS, Inc.- one of the Washington area’s pioneering Craft Beer Wholesalers. Jeff developed his love and passion for Craft Beer while gaining experience in all three tiers of the Craft Beer Industry. He has worked in the Off-Premise retail trade with Total Beverage (to become Total Wine & More) and Whole Foods Market, in the On-Premise retail trade by developing his own Craft Beer bar in Brooklyn, NY- Wells Ales & Lagers, in the supplier world working as brewery representative in the Mid-Atlantic and New York City region’s for Brooklyn Brewery, the Craft Brewers Guild, and the Global Brewers Guild, and in the distribution realm supplying Craft Beer to Washington, DC’s bourgeoning Bar & Restaurant scene.

Barrett Lauer – Head Brewer, The District ChopHouse and Brewery. Started brewing in 1996 at the Wharf Rat, Camden Yards, Baltimore. Now Pratt St. Ale House. Specializing in English-Style Ales, Stouts, and Porters with all English malt, hops, yeast, and equipment. Moved down Pratt St. to the Baltimore Brewing Company/DeGroens to learn the German art of brewing under 5th generation brewmaster Theo DeGroen. While at BBC he won 5 GABF medals in 3 years under his helm as head brewer. He has been the head brewer at The District ChopHouse for the last 7 years, resides in Baltimore, and loves the Baltimore/Washington beer scene.