Heady And Hoppy: The History Of Beer, Past To Present

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Nate Wannlund

Speaker:  Nate Wannlund, from Grist Brewing Company in Highlands Ranch,

Nate will present the History of Beer from the Past and especially focusing on the present.   Beer history dates back to 9000 BC!   Why, we even have local Highlands Ranch Beer History to discuss (hint hint........the Cheese Ranch, they ate and made more than just cheese!!)

Beer continues to gain in popularity, and in Colorado it is a major force in business, for home-brewers, and for enjoyment in general.  In addition to interesting historical tidbits, Nate will discuss types of beers , beer-making process, and beer as business (big box beer, down to craft, home brewing).   Grist Brewing Company's  favorite motto of Science Balanced with Creativity tells us that we are in for a special evening!.  Following up on his talk will be especially interesting, as Nate and Grist have invited the Historical Society to visit onsite at Grist Brewing Company for an in-person tour and tasting.  Details to be provided at the program!

Our speaker, Nate Wannlund, a Highlands Ranch resident, recently completed grad school with a  MBA, and loves his job at Grist, where he proudly wears the titles of  Beer-tender, Delivery Driver, and All Around HelpA West Coast mindset blended with a Colorado and Rocky Mountain lifestyle Nathan joined the Grist team because of the inspiration in hard work, blending of science into brewing and passion for the industry. Raised in California and originally from Colorado Springs, beer might have always been in Nathan’s blood and working at Grist has given Nathan the push into the community where he enjoys pairing a solid IPA with Baja style Mexican food. If you happen to catch this well traveled “Grister” at the brewery ask him about his adventures down under in Australia and New Zealand – sure to make for many a great stories shared over a well brewed craft beer.

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Southridge Recreation Center
Upstairs Auditorium
4800 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch 80130