In our first Making History Greater presentation of 2018, brewing historian Rich Wagner will highlight the many breweries that operated along the Schuylkill River. He will highlight breweries like Scheidt Brewery in Norristown as well as other breweries of Montgomery County - northward to the Schuykill’s headwaters to the north of “America’s Oldest Brewery” in Pottsville. Come hear about brewing in the Schuylkill River valley: past, present and future.
Rich Wagner’s interest in brewing began in 1980 with a summer vacation camping and visiting Pennsylvania breweries for tours and hospitality. Over the next seven years he visited approximately four hundred brewery sites throughout the state. He has researched the history of brewing and has self-published guidebooks and conducted tours throughout many parts of Pennsylvania. In 1994 he received a diploma in brewing technology from Siebel Institute of Technology, the nation’s oldest brewing school in Chicago, and spent seven years working in Philadelphia breweries. He and his wife have conducted brewing demonstrations over an open fire with a copper kettle throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his guidebooks, Rich is the author of Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty and is a frequent contributor to publications aimed at the craft brewing industry and breweriana collectors.
The Making History Greater series features scholars, authors, and historians who are currently working on telling new stories about the complexity of our region’s history. The event on Thursday, February 22, 2018 will begin at 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. This presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.