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On Saturday May 18, 2013 from 2 PM – 5 PM Rich Wagner will conduct a Colonial Tavern Crawl and Craft Beer Tasting tour in Old City as part of Sidetour's Philly offerings. For more information and reserve a space visit their website.
Saturday June 1, 2013 Rich Wagner will give a PowerPoint presentation entitled: “Philadelphia Breweries After Repeal” at Philadelphia Brewing Co. at noon.
Sunday June 2, 2013 Rich Wagner will be conducting a colonial brewing demonstration as part of Haverford Historical Society's Heritage Days event from 11 AM-4 PM. The event is held along Karakung Drive in Havertown.
Monday June 3, 2013 Rich Wagner will give a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Philadelphia Breweries Near the Falls of the Schuylkill” sponsored by the East Falls Historical Society at the East Falls Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Wednesday June 5, 2013 from 6 – 8 PM the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will sponsor “Browse and Brews” to launch their exhibits “The Evolution of Brewerytown” and “The Rise and Fall of Schmidt's” including displays of other beer related resources from their collection. Get your ticket now as this is sure to be a sold out affair.
Thursday June 6, 2013 The Union Library of Hatboro will host a book signing with Rich Wagner, author of Philadelphia Beer. If you'd like to attend call the library at 215-672-1420 or e-mail email@example.com
Saturday June 8, 2013 at 2 PM, the Philadelphia History Museum will be hosting an event to celebrate their exhibit on Craft Brewing in Philadelphia. Breweriana collectors Larry Handy and Dale Van Wieren who loaned items from their collections for the exhibit, will be joined by Jim Cartin with other items from their collections and will be on hand to discuss the hobby with the public. Rich Wagner will be conducting a colonial brewing demonstration in the courtyard behind the museum.
On June 12, 2013 at 6 PM the Friends of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will host Rich Wagner who will be presenting “Philadelphia One Big Brewerytown.”
On Saturday June 22, 2013 Rich Wagner will be participating in Pennsbury Manor's Brew Fest. Curator Todd Galle will be brewing in the Manor's Brew House and Rich will be outside with his brewing system. Visit their website for details as they become available.
On June 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center will host Rich Wagner's PowerPoint presentation “Craft Brewing in Philadelphia- Past, Present and Future.” Check their website or FB page for details as they become available.
On Wednesday July 24, 2013 Rich Wagner will conduct a colonial brewing demonstration at the National Geographic Museum from 5-8 PM. Visit their website for details as they become available.
July 26, 2013 Rich Wagner will present a PowerPoint Presentation entitled: “The Breweries of Easton” sponsored by Readington Museum.
On Saturday September 14, 2013 Rich Wagner will be conducing a colonial brewing demonstration at Strawberry Banke Museum as part of their “Passport” event where dozens of brewers and chefs will be offering beer and food pairings.Visit their website for details as they become available.
New in Print:
Philadelphia Beer – The Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty
by Rich Wagner (History Press 2012)
Click here to print out order form to receive a signed copy from author.
Also available through Amazon.com.
See Rich's Author Page at Amazon.
See what Joe Sixpack has to say.
Read Jack Curtin's review on his Liquid Diet blog.
Read Alan McLeod's review on his blog.
Read Martin Morse Wooster's Mid-Atlantic Brewing News Review.
Philadelphia Inquirer 05-31-12 Craig LaBan Review.
Review in E.C.B.A.'s the KEG by Larry Handy.
Philly Beerscene review by Patrick Ridings.
Philadelphia Beer mentioned in Wooster's review of Baltimore Beer.
Origlio's DRAUGHTlines Review.
Doug Hoverson's review in American Breweriana Journal.
Reviewed in Pennsylvania Magazine December 2012.
Read Kevin Trayner's review in ALE Street News.
Philadelphia Beer Makes Carolyn “The Beer Fox” Smagalski's “12 Best Beer Books of 2012” list! See her review here.
Hear Marty Moss-Coane interview Don Russell and Rich Wagner on
WHYY 91 FM Radio Times.
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Audio and Video Files:
Heather Baver's interview with Rich Wagner for Through the Lens, a program for the residents of Maris Grove Living Community in Glen Mills, PA to promote his presentation on Philadelphia Breweries After Repeal. Part 1 and part 2.
The late Jay Misson had a storied career in the brewing industry. Besides brewing at Vernon Valley Brewery in New Jersey he spent time in Germany working for a brewery and malt house. He went on to work elsewhere in the United States brewing, setting up breweries and lastly was brewing supervisor for Triumph's three brewpubs. Part 1 and part 2.
Art Fennell Reports: Philadelphia Beer History. Comcast Channel CN8. Interview with Rich Wagner and Don Russell during Philly Beer Week. Aired Sunday June 5, 2011.
Brewers – Final Edit by Joe Bolletino of Lost
Temple student Stephanie Ramirez and her group interviewed Rich Wagner on the significance of Brewerytown, Lager Beer and Lager Beer Vaults in and around Fairmount Park as part of a project for Temple's Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab. They've been posted to YouTube and can be viewed at the following links:
· Engel & Wolf's brewery at Fountain Green
· Bergdoll Brewery
· Bergdoll workers' houses on Newkirk St.
· Lager Beer Vaults in and near Fairmount Park
· See the latest videos from “The Philadelphia Brewery Tour Revistited” on YouTube.
· Stephen Metzger's film Philly Pale Ale.
· Hear radio interviews with former workers and ads from Sunshine and Reading breweries.
· “Philadelphia’s Early Taverns and the Beers They Served.” Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
· “Creatively Speaking” (Temple University radio WRTI 90.1 FM) is a 30 minute program, Rich's interview is the third of four seven minute segments. Creatively Speaking December 13, 2009. Tom Keels on Brewing in Philadelphia, past and present.
· Sue Henry's 47 minute documentary: “Beer Gardening in Northeastern PA” aired on WILK 980 AM in October 2007. The show includes interviews with Rich Wagner, who drove around for a day showing Sue some of the old breweries of the Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Also included is her tour with the Lion Brewery's Leo Orlandini and a visit with local breweriana collector Al Kogoy in his basement brewery musuem. Al supplied some vintage radio ads dating back to the fifties and sixties from the region's breweries.
· Hear Radio Rick Spector interviewing Rich Wagner on The Philadelphia Brewery Tour Revisited, aired on the Milestones Radio Show, July 29, 2006 on 1340 AM WHAT Philadelphia!
Colonial Brewing Demonstration Now on YouTube:
Writer/Film maker Jeff Linkous created a video entitled Ancestral Ale – Brewing in Colonial America from the Rich's colonial brewing demonstration at the Camden County Historical Society last fall. Check out his blog: http://beerstainedletter.blogspot.com/
Scene at Festival Pier, Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden Street September 2, 2008.
Text from center of poster, which contains 75 brewery ads:
Sources: 1887 newspaper clippings from Larry Handy’s and signs from Don Fink’s Philadelphia breweriana collections; Official Program of German Day 1892 and Geschichte des Nordoestlichen Saengerbundes from the German Society of Pennsylvania; Souvenir of the 60th Stiftungsfest of the Schützen Verein from the Fetzer collection; Official Souvenir Program of the Labor Day Parade and Picnic 1905 published by the Central Labor Union of Philadelphia and Vicinity; Official Program of Founders’ Week Being the 225th Anniversary of Philadelphia 1683-1908 and Dunlop & Clarke’s Official Liquor License Directory of Philadelphia and Principal Cities and Towns of Pennsylvania 1890-91 from Jim Freeman’s collection. This composite directory amply illustrates the fact that Philadelphia was One Big Brewerytown!
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