Monday, March 4, 2024

Beer and History to Converge in Williamsburg at Ales Through the Ages

(Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — Tickets are now on sale for Colonial Williamsburg’s November Ales Through the Ages conference which promises to allow in-person and online attendees to interact with top beer scholars.

Ales Through the Ages will unveil the craft’s history with guest speakers ranging from historians to masters, including George “Butch” Heilshorn (co-founder of Earth Eagle Brewings and Talisman Spirits, going Back to the Future of Botanical Beers), Maltster Andrea Stanley on developments in malting technology in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Beer Archaeologist, Travis Rupp, sharing what he’s dug up most recently on ancient brewing. 

During the conference, in-person registrants have the opportunity to enjoy a pint from the past with speakers and other attendees at an opening reception on Friday night sponsored by Alewerks Brewing Company featuring historic brew collaborations with Colonial Williamsburg.

A Saturday lunch will be accompanied by 18th-century theater and historically-based brews; and a post-conference gathering will take place at Virginia Beer Company with guest speakers, Historians on Tap. 

In addition to registration, tickets for the event at Virginia Beer Company are available to in-person attendees for $20 and include beer samples from local breweries, including special brews developed in partnership with Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th master of historic foodways, Frank Clark. Attendees are also encouraged to bring and share homebrews for a truly unique taste-testing experience. 

In-person registration is $275 per person and includes access to lectures, the welcome reception, and the Saturday lunch. Virtual-only registration is $100 per person and includes access to lectures through the conference streaming platform. Both in-person and virtual-only registration includes a 7-day ticket voucher to Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums and Historic Area, valid for redemption through May 31, 2023. 

A limited number of virtual and in-person conference scholarships are available to students, museum or nonprofit professionals, and emerging brewers with an application deadline of Sept. 20. Special room rates at Colonial Williamsburg hotels are available for in-person conference registrants. All registrants will have access to the main conference lectures via the streaming platform through Dec. 31. 

The event takes place Nov. 11-13. Those who register before July 31 will receive $25 off in-person or virtual-only registration.

For information regarding the full itinerary, guest tickets, and more, visit the conference website or contact or 1-800-603-0948.

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