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Historic Homebrewing Class: Porter from George Washington to Near Extinction

Sunday, November 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The favorite beer style of America’s first president was Porter. The first beer ever homebrewed in the White House? President Barack Obama’s White House Honey Ale, followed by the White House Honey Porter. Heated debate rages in the beer community as to whether Porter should be classified solely as a style of ale, a style of ale and/or lager, or a style of beer in and of itself. Can it be all three? Come and see as Mike Stein and Pete Jones trace the origins of Porter from colonial era brewing and London Porter, to pre-prohibition Porter (American) and Polish Porter (Baltic Porter). A range of different porters will be displayed for compare and contrast exercises in this unique cold-weather class. Learn how a beer more popular than any style ever before it nearly became extinct in the United States. Each class member will go home with 19th-century style porterine syrup, and a deep knowledge of the dark arts.

Stein is President of Lost Lagers, a beverage research firm, and writer for the Washington City Paper and DC Beer. He has served his historic beers at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Food History Program and serves as the historian at DC Brau Brewing Company, LLC, the first production brewery in DC since 1956.

Jones is CEO of Lost Lagers and a beer historian, certified beer judge, and long time homebrewer. He’s contributed to recipe formulation and brewing of over one dozen commercial historic beers celebrating everything from DC’s Christian Heurich Brewing Company to the Polish Embassy’s Constitution Day Celebration. As Education Chair for the DC Homebrewers Club, Peter has taught a variety of topics and techniques for brewing novices through experts.

$75 ticket includes the class, tasting and a 19th-century style Porterine syrup.

A minimum of 8 people is required for this class to occur. Registrants will be informed if the minimum is not met.


Sunday, November 18
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$75 per person, includes an ingredient for homebrewing
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Hill Center DC
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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