Brewers Studio Pavilion

GABF Brewers Studio

Take a journey with the provocative personalities and innovators of the brewing industry as they share their stories and beers. The Brewers Studio brings together the great brewing minds of the industry, to share their talents, innovations and the creative processes behind some of today’s most successful craft beers.

Hosted by folks from The Brewing Network, these sessions are your chance to get to know the brewers behind your favorite beers.


Located in the Meet the Brewer Hall near island W.

2016 Brewers Studio Pavilion Schedule

*as of August 1, 2016, subject to change.

Thursday, October 6

6:30 – 7:15 pm

Spontaneous Fermentation at Allagash

Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Company

Join Allagash brewmaster Jason Perkins as he explains the process and history of spontaneous fermentation and the production of Allagash’s “Coolship” beers. Coolship Resurgam, Coolship Red, and Coolship Cerise will be served to demonstrate the unique flavors created by this traditional Belgian process.

7:30 – 8:00 pm

An IPA By Any Other Name is Still an IPA

Ryan Kilpatrick, Fiction Beer Company

Sip along with Ryan Kilpatrick of Denver’s Fiction Beer Company as he explores IPA and its emergence as the top selling craft beer style in America. He will revisit its history and evolution and discuss what makes the IPA so versatile from a style perspective. Ryan will feature four different IPA styles (English, West Coast, New England, and traditional American), comparing and contrasting each variety.

8:30 – 9:30 pm

Why Independence Matters: An Insiders’ Look at the Past, Present, and Future of American Beer

Bob Pease, Brewers Association; Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company; Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Company; Christine Perich, New Belgium Brewing Company

A panel of some of craft beer’s biggest names comes together to discuss the origins of beer in America, its current landscape, and what the future holds. In today’s ever-changing beer environment, the passion and dedication of America’s small and independent breweries are more important than ever. Hear the stories directly from pioneers of craft beer and sample some of their special release beers.


Friday, October 7

6:30 – 7:00 pm

Session Beers: Big Flavor, Small Package

Representatives from Oasis Texas Brewing Company

Oasis Texas Brewing Company is a session-focused brewery opting to create lower-alcohol, full-flavored beers. Sample a variety of session beers as brewers talk through the style. They’ll debunk common session beer-related stereotypes, talk about classic examples that have influenced modern recipes, and explain how recipes are formulated.

7:30 – 8:00 pm

Field to Ferment: A Journey through the Hop Harvest

Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing

Join Fremont Brewing owner and founder Matt Lincecum on a fresh hop journey of the brewery’s new seasonal beer, Field to Ferment. Fremont brews this fresh hop pale ale throughout the Yakima, Wash. hop harvest, utilizing different hop varieties as they are harvested. Taste the four varieties (Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic) as Matt presents this unique collaboration between the brewery and hop farmers.

8:30 – 9:30 pm

Capturing Fun Flavor Memories Through Craft Beer

Chris Davison, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

One of the fun niches Wolf’s Ridge Brewing has filled in Columbus, Ohio is creating unique infused versions of its house beers. Chris Davison of Wolf’s Ridge has crafted beers that combine a variety of ingredients to trigger flavor memories. Come hear the origins of these distinctive beers that will remind you of coconut cream pie, Mexican hot chocolate, or your favorite breakfast cereal.

Saturday, October 8

1:00 – 1:30 pmThe Art of Blending

Shaun Salyards, Fort Collins Brewery

Fort Collins Brewery head brewer Shaun Salyards provides an interactive talk and demonstration of the methods of blending beer. From different styles of blending to current trends, you will come away with an understanding of how certain methods can create flavor, depth, and character in a beer. Attendees will also be able to sample some of FCB’s blended brews to compare and contrast pre- and post-blended beer.

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Spontaneous Fermentation Tasting with Jester King & American Solera

Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery; Chase Healey, Prairie Artisan Ales and American Solera

Jester King owner Jeffrey Stuffings and Prairie Artisan Ales/American Solera owner Chase Healey guide attendees through a tasting of 100-percent spontaneously fermented coolship beers. Jeff and Chase will reveal their respective approaches, philosophies, and inspirations. Taste a variety of spontaneously fermented beers and hear about the challenges for American producers of lambic-inspired beer and their approach to making beer tied to a time and place.

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Pleasure through Variety

Wil Rogers and Stephen Hale, Schlafly Beer

Sampler packs, variety packs, mixed packs—whatever you call them, beer drinkers love them. The team at Schlafly Beer creates several versions of these every year, each with specific themes. Come taste along as they unveil their newest creation, Bonfire Box, as well as their Hop Trial SMaSH Pack.

6:30 – 7:00 pm

Beer Builds Community

Mike and Amanda Bristol, Bristol Brewing Company; Lisa McDonald and Reed Pollock, Sanctuary Brewing Company

Today’s craft brewers aren’t just making some of the finest beer in the world, they’re also stewards of their communities. Colorado’s Bristol Brewing Company and North Carolina’s Sanctuary Brewing Company believe that great beer accompanied by an even better story involving the local community creates a foundation for success. Hear the stories of some of these community-based projects and taste the beers that resulted from these efforts.

8:00 – 9:30 pm

The Brewer vs. Musician Feud

Brewers: Matt Potts, DESTIHL Brewery; Joe Short, Short’s Brewing Company; Julian Shrago, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing; Mitch Steele, formerly of Stone Brewing Company Musicians: Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident); Isaac and Taylor Hanson (Hanson), Coolio

Come see the GABF’s version of Family Feud and cheer along as brewers battle musicians in beer- and music-related questions. Sample great beers, hear interesting banter on beer and music, and stick around to hear the participants jam.


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