Meet Our World Class Speakers for Ales Through the Ages 2018

Our biggest historic beer symposium, Ales Through the Ages 2018,  is quickly approaching. Being held from October 19-21, 2018, this second symposhim features world class speakers. We’d like to introduce you to a few.

Martyn Cornell is one of Britain’s leading beer historians, a member of the editorial board of Brewery History, the journal of the Brewery History Society and a speaker on beer and beer history at conferences in Denmark, the UK, the Netherland and the United States. His books include Amber Gold and Black, a history of British beer styles, and Most Universally Favorite Liquor, a history of porter and stout, due to be published this year.

Ron Pattinson is a British beer writer and historian who lives in Amsterdam. He has spent the last 15 years researching and obsessing over many beer-related topics. His European Beer Guide has pointed countless beer lovers in the direction of good beer across Europe. While over on his Shut up About Barclay Perkins blog, he writes about beer history, mostly the history of British beer styles, but with excursions into German Austrian, Dutch and Scandinavian beer history. He is the author of many books about beer history, mostly significant for their single-word titles, such as “Porter!”, “Mild!” and “Bitter!”. Each month he writes a for Beer Advocate magazine about beer history. He recently published on book on brewing historic beers called “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer”. He is married and the father of two teenage sons.

Marc Meltonville is known for his work as a food historian, but actually would consider himself a general historian as ‘the history of food is the history of everything.’ Marc was first commissioned to work for Hampton Court for the reconstruction of the Tudor kitchens and then for the first attempt at using that space for experimental work. Although the most famous of his projects is the Tudor Kitchens, Marc has more lately been involved with the other Royal Palaces. He worked to open the Royal Kitchens at Kew, the Kings Chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court and the 2015 State dining lectures for Buckingham Palace. Asked to look at the history of drinks at the different Palaces he has spent the last few years messing about with boiling coppers and sticky malts and tasting many gins! He has worked on period brewing recreations at the Weald & Downland Museum in the UK, Newlin Grist Mill in PA and making 18th century Rye Whisky at Mount Vernon, VA. His work has seen him lecture all over England, America and Canada, with numerous appearances on film, television and radio.

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2 Responses to “Meet Our World Class Speakers for Ales Through the Ages 2018”

  1. September 8th, 2018

    Jim Fairbarns says:

    Since I’m still planning on coming down for the 10/19 – 10/21 weekend despite the cancellation of the conference, will the brewing and malting demonstrations still be taking place at the Palace on Monday 10/21?

    • September 12th, 2018

      kcosta says:

      Hello Jim. Sorry for the delay but I needed to double check before giving you an answer. I’m sorry to say we will not be having a beer brewing demonstration on that Monday. We are all terribly saddened about the cancellation of this program. Please accept our humble apologies.

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