American Craft Beer Fest Brings Respect to Beer

Beer Industry Leaders to Educate Fest Attendees June 20 & 21 at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center.

Boston, MA, June 15, 2008 --( "It might sound shocking to some, but there's more to beer than just drinking it," said Todd Alström, Co-Founder of BeerAdvocate. "Today, and thanks to the craft beer movement, consumers want to know everything about the beer they're drinking, from the style to ingredients to how it's brewed."

And attendees of the American Craft Beer Fest will get a chance to learn more about beer from some of the leading names in the beer industry during moderated panels and guest speaker seminars.


Friday, June 20 @ 6:45pm

Guest speaker panel moderated by Andy Crouch ( and featuring: Dan Kenary (Harpoon Brewery), Florian Kuplent (Michelob Brewing Co.), Matthew Steinberg (Mayflower Brewing Co.), Paul Gatza (Brewers Association), and Paul Philippon (The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery).

Friday, June 20 @ 8pm

Dave Lieberman
Chef and TV Host

The Ultimate Tasting Challenge
Hosted by Chef Lieberman (Food Network) and Here's To Beer, this seminar will feature a blind sampling of four beers and discussion of the flavor profiles of each as they're paired with gourmet snacks; including olives, nuts, smoked meats and cheeses. Participants will be assigned teams, challenged to identify taste profiles, and each member of the winning team will win an exclusive cooler stuffed with Here's To Beer merchandise. Limited to 200 participants; first seated, first served.

Saturday, June 21 @ 1:45pm

Guest speaker panel moderated by Andy Crouch ( and featuring: Brian Buckowski (Terrapin Beer Co.), Fred Matt (The Matt Brewing Co.), Jeremy Moynier (Stone Brewing Co.), John Matson (Stoudts Brewing Co.), and Will Gilson (Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co.).

Saturday, June 21 @ 3pm

Garrett Oliver
Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery

Craft Beer in the American Food Culture
Garrett will be discussing the impact of craft beer in today's food culture and how this new American influence is changing the world-wide craft brewing scene. Immediately after his talk, Garrett will be signing copies of his highly acclaimed book: The Brewmaster's Table; available for purchase at the fest.

Saturday, June 21 @ 7pm

Rich Doyle
Co-Founder & CEO, Harpoon Brewery

Crafting a Beer Drinker's Paradise
Why America is the Best Place in the World to Drink Beer and How It's Getting Better Every Day.

Saturday, June 21 @ 8pm

Sam Calagione
Founder & President, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Really Old Beer & Really Stinky Cheese
Sam's beer cellar teams up with the cheese caves at Formaggio Kitchen (, for an unforgettable tasting experience. Pairings will include: World Wide Stout (4 years old; 18+%) w/ Casa de Mendevil from Lurgar Ponte (cow's milk; Farnalicao, Portugal), Old School Barleywine (4 years old; 15%) w/ Tomme Savoie (raw cow's milk; France), and Festina Lente (4 years old; 7%) w/ Constant Bliss (raw cow's milk; Jasper Hill Farm, VT). Tastings are limited; first seated, first served.

Held on June 20 & 21 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston (MA), the American Craft Beer Fest will feature 3-sessions, 75 American brewers, and over 300 craft beers. Tickets are available at, by calling (877) 725-8849, or at select ticket outlets.

American Craft Beer Fest is presented by BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery, and proudly supported by Boston's Weekly Dig, Michelob Brewing Company, Here's to Beer,, and Futurama.

For more info:

Contact Inc.
Jason Alstrom
(617) 395-0228