26th April 2012: The Post Industrialisation of Beer or How Pale Ale Became Cool by Andrew Barnett

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Name of speaker and subject:

Andrew Barnett AKA Barney – Brewing

Title of talk:

The post industrialisation of beer – or how pale ale became cool

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • Overview of brewing
  • How brewing became big industry
  • Porter and India Pale Ales
  • Post Industrialisation
  • The rise of the craft brewer

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A few words about you and your passion:

I-ve worked in brewing & distilling since I was 16, and I have a degree in it too. I started my own brewing venture just over 12 months ago and I am currently planning moving production to the Meadows area of Edinburgh.  Having worked in all areas of brewing it has become my life work and fascination to understand all parts of brewing and what comes of it.

A few lines about the history of your subject:

Which came first, beer or civilization? Probably beer, and most likely the brewing of ‘bread-loaf’ beer began as soon as agriculture itself. First, we must make the point that the term ‘beer’ came into existence in the later middle ages to describe ale that was flavored and preserved with hops.
Before that, everything was ale of one kind or another. So the first five or six thousand years of brewing history, is all about ale. The earliest brewing was accomplished without mashing or boiling a wort. Instead loaves of dough were made, left to rise, were slightly baked, but not enough to kill the yeast, then broken up and mashed in water. This process produced enough fermentable sugars from the unmalted grain to allow the yeast to produce a few degrees of alcohol in the brew.

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