In 1975, there was one craft brewery in the United States; today, there are more than 2,300. The craft beer movement has steadily gained momentum in the US since it began in 1965. It has even spread across the ocean, inspiring small-batch, independent brewing throughout Europe, including Italy. In celebration of his new book, The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution, journalist Tom Acitelli will explore how the craft beer movement has paralleled the slow food movement and made small scale artisanal production more accessible to everyday consumers. Tom will be joined by Peter Hepp, Head Brewer for La Birreria, the highest craft-brewery in America, located on the 15th floor rooftop of Eataly. Tom and Peter will lead guests in a tasting of 5 craft beers, both American and Italian, and a brief demo of the home brewing process. Beers will be paired with complementary dishes prepared by our Chef in our open kitchen. Class will be complete with beer tasting notes and recipes to take home.
Sierra Nevada, Pale Ale
Eataly Birreria, Gina (American Pale Ale brewed with wild thyme)
Birreria del Borgo, Re Ale Extra (Italian IPA)
Dogfish Head, Ancient Ale TBD
Baladin, Wayan (Saison)
Vegetable Bruschetta del Giorno
Salumi & Formaggi Misti
Beer & Horseradish Braised Pork Shoulder
Tom Acitelli is the author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution (Chicago Review Press; May 2013), the first history book of the American craft beer movement. He is a regular contributor to Town & Country and is the founding editor of Curbed Boston. He was a senior editor at The New York Observer for five years; and has also written for The New York Times, the New York Post, Redbook and All About Beer, the leading trade magazine for the American brewing industry. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Columbia Journalism School; and lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, an art historian.
Class duration is approximate and may vary by 10-15 minutes. Menu and wines are subject to slight change. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions. If we are not notified ahead of time of any special needs, we may not be able to accommodate them. Seating is first-come first-served. Please note, class includes demonstration and tasting and is not hands-on.