Join us for the kick of of our Liquid History Series - where local historians and scholars share their knowledge on Philadelphia beers, history and more - all while enjoying Liquid Art!
Our inaugural event features Rich Wagner, local beer historian, author and brewer with an extensive knowledge of brewing history and evolution. Rich will present on Craft Brewing in Philadelphia; Past, Present and Future.
About Rich Wagner
Rich’s interest in brewing began in 1980 with a summer vacation camping and visiting six of the nine breweries still in business in Pennsylvania.
He began researching the state’s brewing history and self-published guidebooks to go with bus tours he conducted in: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, the Lehigh Valley and the central region from Reading to York.
In 1990 and 1991 Rich did several brewings at Pennsbury Manor with reproductions of equipment used in the bake and brew house circa 1685. Three years later, with the help of a cooper, Rich constructed his own brewing system from cypress logs and took his show on the road. He and his wife have conducted brewing demonstrations over an open fire with a copper kettle throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and as far away as Oregon and New Hampshire.
After early retirement as a science teacher, Rich received a diploma in brewing technology from Siebel Institute of Technology 1994. He worked in Philadelphia’s craft breweries over a seven year period and continues to do demonstrations, writes and lectures.
In addition to his guidebooks Rich is the author of Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty (The History Press 2012) and a frequent contributor to a number of publications aimed at the craft brewing industry and breweriana collectors.