It does not seem all that long ago, but it has been over thirty years since craft beers began to emerge. The beer scene in America, on rocky ground since Prohibition, had fully bottomed out in the 1970’s and looked like it might stay there. Fortunately, Jimmy Carter relaxed federal brewing standards in 1978, allowing people who may have just been tinkering with brewing beer or making their own wine become a little more serious about it. The movement started off slowly, but exploded in the mid-1990’s, with breweries and brewpubs popping up everywhere. The beer drinking public was introduced to styles of beer that had not been seen in America since the early 20th Century. With the number of breweries, and beers, that were springing up through the country, it became very easy to get lost in all of the styles and intricacies of the various beers. Hop varietals? Imperial IPAs? Lambics? What were all these new beer styles? And how were we, the drinking public, supposed to keep up?
With all of these new beers hitting the shelves, crowding out the large corporate beers and infusing a new interest in beer, people started to take notice. Especially the media. The New York Press was one of those media outlets. They put an intrepid young writer, Joshua Bernstein, on the bar beat. His adventures in the bar scene of the City That Never Sleeps eventually brought him to the restaurant beat, and an interest in the expanding craft beer scene. He has been exploring the beer scene since then for well-known publications like Bon Appetit, Saveur, Details, The New York Times, and is a contributing editor for Imbibe. The man knows, and enjoys, his beer. He used his experiences to write a pair of books to help those that have entered the world of craft beers find their way a little easier. His first book, Brewed Awakening, is an impressive tome for those looking to start exploring the world of craft beer and could use a guide to help them with the intricacies of it. The Complete Beer Course is a different kind of twelve step program, starting with the basics and leading the reader on to beer pairing and proper long term storage of beer.
Dayton has been having its own craft beer boom. The Dayton Beer Company was the first to the party, and the number of breweries in the Miami Valley has been rising ever since. One of the many breweries that have been born during this growth spurt is Warped Wing, who this year released their beers in cans and continues to brew beers that grab your attention, and your taste buds. Warped Wing knows that with all of the new beers in the city, patrons new to craft beer may need a primer. Who better to offer that primer than a native son of the Gem City, now based in the Big Apple, Joshua Bernstein? He will be at Warped Wing this Monday, offering an educational evening of beer tasting and appreciation. Tickets are still available, and they are offering discounted rate for designated drivers. Purchase your tickets early, because the price goes up if you buy tickets at the door. From the most experienced beer drinker to someone just dipping their tongue into the beer pool, this is an opportunity to meet and learn from one of the top names in the field today. We will see you at Warped Wing Monday Night!