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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beau's Oktoberfest - Speaker Series

Speaker Series Topics

Voulez Vous Brassée Avec Moi, Ce Soir: Collaborative Beer Making
Anders Kissmeyer has been travelling the globe, brewing collaboratively with some of the foremost brewers of our time. Talking about the process of collaborating with other brewmasters, he will share the stories he’s collected, talk about brewing eccentricities and quirks in different countries and describe the possibilities and challenges faced in being a gypsy brewer, sharing someone else’s brewery.

When? Fri 5pm & Sun 5pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples.

Lagered Ales, The Reinheitsgebot, Martin Luther and Smokin' Banana Peels: A (Very) Condensed Social History of Brewing in Germany
Stephen Beaumont has travelled Germany from Berlin to Bavaria, drinking beer all the way, and used his experiences to pen the German chapter of the soon-to-be-released World Atlas of Beer. Join him as he shares his thoughts and memories, adding snippets of German brewing history along the way, some of which will actually be true! Oh, and there will be beer, too.

When? Fri 4pm & Sat 3pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples.

Warm & Flat - Some Guys are into That: Cask Beer
Like many mature beer markets, the British beer market is declining, but traditional Cask-conditioned and Premium Bottled Ale is bucking the trend big style. Brewer and Author Alex Barlow talks through the nature of Cask beer and its growing appeal in the UK and abroad.

When? Fri 2pm & Sun 4pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples.

A Brewer, a Somelier and a Wheel of Cheese Roll into a Bar
Brewer and author Alex Barlow, Cheesemaker Andrew Laliberte and Sommelier Jamie Drummond have a candid chat about the phenomenon of pairing beer with cheese. Alex and Andrew will present 4 pairings and Jamie will give his take as a wine expert on the pairings. Can beer and cheese pass the muster? Come find out for yourself and let your tastebuds judge, too!

When? Fri 6pm, Sat 2pm & Sun 2pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples... and cheese!

Les Biéres du Quebec (Bilingual)
Details to be announced...

Sharing the Stage: Indie Music & Indie Beer
If every craft brewery is half staffed by musicians, why is it the beer is often horrible at music festivals and live venues? This panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Beauchesne - co-founder of Beau’s (and old school punk rocker), Stephen Beaumont - world renowned beer author (and former columnist for Maximum Rock and Roll), Wayne Petti - lead singer of Cuff the Duke (and craft beer enthusiast) and Andrew Bartle - brewer at Amsterdam (and drummer of the Natural Shocks). The group will discuss the many similarities between independent brewing and indie music, share some of their own stories from the music and beer world and talk about the challenges faced in bringing these two star-crossed lovers together.

When? Sat 4pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples.

Cheers! Skaal! Santé! The Worldwide Craft Beer Movement
Join Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer, British brewer and author Alex Barlow and brewer Stephane Ostiguy from Dieu de Ciel as they discuss upcoming trends and exciting happenings in the world of beer. These three have travelled and brewed in all corners of the planet and will share their experiences and talk about what is about to come in craft brewing.

When? Sat 5pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples.

Meet the Beau's Brew Team
Join Master Brewer Matthew O’Hara and his brewers as they describe the Beau’s philosophy and answer questions relating to the crafting of deliciousness.

When? Sun 3pm Details $10, includes 4 x 4oz beer samples.

Ontario Craft Beer
Details to be announced...

Speaker Bio's

Alex Barlow -
Alex was brought up in Chester, North West England and in Zambia, Africa. His passion for beer started with his first job, as cellar-man at his local pub. With over 25 years experience, he’s a qualified Master Brewer, International Beer Judge, Beer Sommelier and author of the ALL BEER Guide, winner of four International awards including ‘Worlds Best Beer Book’

Alex’s mission is to change people’s perceptions about beer, to get more people, especially women, drinking a wider range of beers on more occasions. He believes beer’s superior spectrum of flavours make it the ideal partner for food, yet beer is rarely matched with food in its natural home – the pub, let alone for fine dining. He wants to change that.

Stephen Beaumont -
Stephen Beaumont has the job everyone wants, travelling the globe in search of the next great beer, spirit or cocktail. When he does set his feet in one place for a while, he can usually be found writing about his tasting adventures in books or magazine articles, blogging them on the web at, or talking at tutored tastings, drinks festivals and beer- or spirits-themed dinners.

Stephen is the author of six books, including The beerbistro Cookbook, which he co-wrote with Chef Brian Morin. His next project is The World Atlas of Beer, which he is co-authoring with British writer Tim Webb, scheduled for publication in 2012.

Beau's will be making a donation to the MS Society of Canada on behalf of Stephen Beaumont in lieu of a speaking fee for his appearance.

Jamie Drummond
Jamie Drummond is a Canadian sommelier, wine consultant, and writer who acts as Senior Editor and Director of Programs for Toronto not-for-profit Good Food Revolution. Drummond has served as a wine judge for Intervin, BioVino, Ontario Wine Awards, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He also occasionally DJ's in Toronto as DJ Non Doctor.

Cass Enright -
Cass Enright is the president of Ontario's premier beer resource The Bar Towel, and host of the Golden Tap Awards. He is also the founder of Free Our Beer and the Brewery Market.

Anders Kissmeyer
Born in Århus, Denmark, Anders holds MSc’s in brewing (Scandinavian School of Brewing 1984) and Chemical Engineering (Danish Technical University 1983). After a 16 year carreer in Quality Management and international brewing at Carlsberg, Anders left Carlsberg in 2001 to start work on establishing a Danish craft brewery heavily inspired by the US craft brewing scene. This project resulted in Nørrebro Bryghus, where Anders was first the CEO, later Brewery Director until February 2010. Nørrebro Bryghus ( was in 2010 rated as the 38th best brewery in the world by ’’, and in 2010 it won 2 Gold and one Silver at the World Beer Cup, making it the most succesfull European brewery in the competition.

Since then, Anders is in charge of his own brewing, consulting and communications company, Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing. Anders is the current Technical Editor of the Scandinavian Brewer’s Review, and he has served on the Council of the EBC, is a board member in the Danish Brewer’s Association, teaches at the Scandinavian School of Brewing, and judges both national and international beer competitions, incl. the World Beer Cup, GABF, BIIA the IBC Japan and the Mondial de la Biére. In August 2011 Anders was awarded as the best still active Master Brewer graduated from the Scandinavian School of Brewing by nomination from his peers.

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