State of the Brewnion Event at Bier Baron

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Thursday, October 20
Bier Baron
1523 22nd Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

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?

Join 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.

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Special guests include:
Tom Cizauskas - Beer blogger at Yours For Good Fermentables and a Beer and Wine Salesman for Select Wines, Inc.
Jeff Hancock - President and Head Brewer DC Brau
Elicia Belle - Elicia Belle is the Founder of Beer Bunnies and the President/CEO of Beer Bunnies Int’l, LLC along with Co-Founder, Christina Wade. Beer Bunnies was created in 2009 to be a network of women who drink and purchase beer. The mission of Beer Bunnies International is to introduce women into the wonderful world of Beer, Brewing, and Bottling!
Greg Engert - Beer Director of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group including Birch & Barley/Churchkey. As the beer director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Greg Engert draws on his extensive beer knowledge to source beers for his numerous beer programs--consisting of the drafting of beer lists and beer pairings, the establishment of beer training courses, as well as the organization and execution of beer events. Recognized for his work, Engert has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Food & Wine, Food Arts, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Beer Advocate, All About Beer, Imbibe, Draft and Mid-Atlantic Brewing News and appeared on national television programs such as Cooking Channel’s Foodography and Unique Eats. Engert's first foray in to the beer business included serving, bartending and managing at the venerable Brickskeller in Washington, DC. In 2006, Neighborhood Restaurant Group tapped Engert as the Beer Director for their new beer-centric restaurant, Rustico. By 2008, he had assumed his current role as Beer Director for the entirety of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. In October 2009, Engert and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group opened Birch & Barley and ChurchKey, where--in addition to his function as Beer Director--he is also the Managing Partner. October 2010 saw he and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group open another beer-centric bar and restaurant, a second Rustico, located in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. Engert also acts as Managing Partner and Beer Director for the Ballston location of Rustico. Engert has been named one of the “Ten to Watch in 2010” by Restaurant Hospitality. In April 2010, Food & Wine named Engert one of its “Somme- liers of the Year,” the first and only time the publication has ever selected a beer professional for this prize. He was also honored as the only Beer Sommelier selected by for the 2010 Rising Stars Awards, also the first time that thatorganization has selected a beer professional for a Rising Star Sommelier award. He also currently serves on the Beer Committee for the Good Food Awards, which seeks to recognize artisanal producers who demonstrate dedication to the environment and their communities.
Dorlyn Catron - Bar Manager Bier Baron
Ben Matz - Co-founder, Owner and Head Brewer for Chocolate City Beer LLC
Mike Dolan - Founder and DC Homebrewers
Mike McGarvey – 3 Stars Brewing Company. Mike is the CEO and co-founder of 3 Stars Brewing Company, a brewery in startup focused on the production of hand crafted ales and delivering high quality, fresh, locally brewed, craft beer to the District. The 3 Stars Brewery is located at 6400 Chillum Place, NW.
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.

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