The Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: Beer at Kings County Distillery

Taught by Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma

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Dubbed a “historic gastronomist,” Sarah Lohman recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She chronicles her explorations in culinary history on her blog, Four Pounds Flour, and her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She appears on the Cooking Channel's Food: Fact or Fiction? and is 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy with co-founder Jonathan Soma.

Currently, she works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food, including institutions such as The American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Science, Boston, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Her first book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, was published with Simon & Schuster in 2016. 


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Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, has more hobbies than can dance on the head of a pin, and loves Waffle House about eighteen times more than you.

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Beer! If there's a culinary crossroads of history and science, beer's just about it.

Sarah will be looking at the history of beer through the lens of what it has given humanity, other than a nasty hangover. This includes guilty pleasures like soda pop and power hours, alongside the twin villains of the past and present, witches and straws.

As a True American, Soma is statutorily bound to explain what makes an IPA the perfect encapsulation of Manifest Destiny, and how hops (and the chemicals hiding inside!) conquered the world. Not content to stick to the plant kingdom, he'll also dive down into the yeasts and bacteria that help turn a pile of grain into a successful night out.

We’ll also be welcoming special guest Otis Gray of the Hungry Podcast to share the history of malt liquor in the USA. 

This talk will be held at Kings County Distillery, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard at the 299 Sands Street entrance. Entrance details will be provided the day before the event.  21+ only. This event will be a mix of seating and standing room. Doors will open at 6:30, with talks beginning around 7pm.

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